For the past several years, I’ve hit December 26th or 27th and the realization hits me that Christmas is over and I missed it. Not literally, of course. I physically pass through the timeframe of December 25th, but “that Christmas feeling” passes on a different plane. The pace of life is a factor. It’s like the advice Ferris Bueller gave us back in the 80’s: “Life moves pretty fast. You don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”

What’s lacking is Christmas spirit. Not religiosity, but a human spirit of connectedness. I think online shopping has some relation. There’s nothing like being elbowed aside by an old lady for the last Wii game to get one feeling jolly.

I don’t have the answer, but I’ll seek it today and report back. I’m not looking for a miracle, simply an expansion of my Grinch heart to just one size too small.