When the Holidays Don’t Feel Magical

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I’ve had holiday music going since November, trying to instill the magic of the holiday spirit in my girls. However, as we close in on the “Big Day,” something seems to be missing this year. 

Perhaps, it’s the fact that my dad isn’t hereThis marks the tenth Christmas without him. How I miss his quirky ways and his “MANDATORY” family gatherings. I wish my girls could’ve seen how much work he put into making the holidays special for my sisters and I. But, I’m trying to show them, too.

Maybe, it’s me? My husband keeps saying, “It is what you make it.” However, no matter how hard I try, I’m not seeing the excitement of the season in my girls. This is probably one of the first years I’m barely excited for the season. I’m trying to do what my dad instilled in me, but this year it’s just not coming together for me. Our house is trimmed, stockings and all. We’ve been to several holiday events. Caroling at a local nursing home with the Girl Scouts is in the plans, too. Yet, something still feels off. 

Then of course, I think, well this time of year can be stressful. So much to do, buying gifts, holiday events, places to be, and so on… I’m hoping the magic finds me when I least expect it. In the meantime,  I’ll be trying not to be too hard on myself, and taking some notes from fellow blogger, Maria. I’ll also still be trying to help my girls see the true spirit of the season by visiting with family and making more memories.

What puts you in the holiday spirit? 

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Clara is a part-time working mom that lives in Trumbull, CT. She and her husband, Joe, were high school sweethearts that began their journey in Upstate NY (think capital region part of NY). Together, they moved to Fairfield County in 2006, after college graduations. Clara will forever hold the magic of Disney in her heart, as she and her husband got engaged in Epcot Center in 2010. She married Joe on a cruise ship in 2011, with 60 close family and friends in attendance. Clara is the proud mommy to two girls Abby {Sept 2013} and Sofia {May 2017}. In addition to being "Mommy," Clara is an Early Childhood Consultant. Outside of her two jobs, you may find her on a cruise, or traveling to New York to visit family.

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