on a roller coaster of emotions at Christmastime

Christmas is a time for a multitude of things, but something folks rarely talk about is the overwhelming emotion that accompanies this celebration. For me it’s quite like a roller coaster.

As I’m cleaning today, I listen to my radio. The station is playing only Christmas music. I love that. You see, I love Christmas time. I’m one of those people who wish it were Christmas all year.

My mood has been up and down like a yo-yo today. Okay, maybe being menopausal and moody isn’t a surprise to anyone, but it seems like every few minutes, or every half hour, I’m up and then down and then dancing and then eyes filling with tears… It just occurred to me that I’m being messed with…by my radio station! 

“Jingle bells, jingle bells…” happy, happy.

“I’ll be home for Christmas, you can count on me…” memories, nostalgia.

“I saw Mommy kissing Santa Claus…” mental pictures, story ideas.

“Jingle bell, jingle bell, jingle bell rock…” snapping fingers, dancing around the living room—see, I am getting exercise today.

“I’m dreaming of a white Christmas…” no problem there. We had a snowstorm yesterday. School buses cancelled. Roads closed. Snow, snow and more snow! “…just like the ones I used to know…” Hmm, not quite. No amount of snow will bring my dad back to celebrate Christmas with us—just one more time.

Why is it that Christmas evokes such emotion? From strangers wishing you “Merry Christmas”—okay, maybe “Happy Holidays”—to some gnarly brute stealing the parking spot that you’d been waiting patiently for! From teary-eyed parents watching their kids on Santa’s knee to parents screaming at whiny kids to quit asking for every toy they see. Emotions are flying all over the place.

No wonder I’m so exhausted after shopping. My emotions undergo a strenuous exercise there! Happy, sad, impatient, surprised, frustrated, angry. And when hubby happily greets me at the door, obviously having missed me, all I can say is,

“I need a cuppa and some time alone! Did you even think about starting supper?” Hmm, he probably thinks I was alone all day…


Let’s journey together…


  1. Bonnie Langstaff

    Hi Denise: This is awesome. Sorry I have not checked it out until today. I will send Rick the link.

    • denise budd rumble

      Thanks, Bonnie. I appreciate it.


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