My mom's real point, besides trying to get me to watch the show, is that she heard that and thought to herself, YES, there IS always a moment where it suddenly feels like Christmas, so she was asking if it felt like Christmas to me yet, and I said not quite yet but almost.
There are a few times when I generally notice it Really Feeling Like Christmas:
- When I've successfully sent the kids off to school on that last day with all their cards for bus drivers and teachers (a project that frazzles me and is so satisfying to complete)
- When the kids come home from their last day of school before Christmas vacation
- The night before, when I'm reading in the living room and I keep admiring the Christmas tree and thinking about how excited the kids will be in the morning (that excitement is more appealing and sweet in thought than in action)
- When we go on the Christmas Eve Light-Viewing Drive
There are also little sub-points, where it feels like Christmas but doesn't Feel Like Christmas: when I'm doing Christmas cards; when Christmas cards start arriving in the mail; when we put up the Christmas lights; when I'm actively shopping for Christmas gifts; when I'm wrapping Christmas gifts; when radio stations start playing Christmas music; when I re-read the Maeve Binchy Christmas short stories; when it seems appropriate to buy egg nog.
When does it usually feel like Christmas to you?