Bustling crowds. Competitive shopping for the perfect toy for our kids. A feeling of stress making sure that everything goes off without a hitch on the big holiday. But then in the quieter moments, we hear messages about the Christmas spirit. What does it mean to have Christmas spirit?
First, it helps to define what Christmas spirit actually is.
What Is Christmas Spirit Anyway?
When we talk about having Christmas spirit, usually it’s a reference to someone getting into the generous, giving aspects of the season. But it’s more than that. It can be tied to feeling joyful, kind, or forgiving as well. It’s really anything that counters the natural stress felt around the holidays.
What is the Origin of Christmas Spirit?
In the Charles Dickens classic, A Christmas Carol, Ebeneezer Scrooge is visited by the ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future. The Scrooge character is particularly well known for his cold-hearted ways and just generally being a miserly character.
Scrooge is a character who resists giving his employees the day off for Christmas. He manages the coal supply for his company and won’t allow his employees anything but the most meager fire for warmth.
The ghosts pay a visit to Scrooge, convincing him to become a kinder more generous boss, and person in general.
Another interpretation of the Christmas spirit may come from decorations and lights. These symbols can combat the dreariness of the longer days, associated with the winter season. The Christmas lights drive away darkness, when the days are at their shortest point in the year.
So…Back to the Original Question. What Does It Mean to Have Christmas Spirit?
There are people who no matter what the season brings, still seem to be kind and glowing through the holiday season, no matter what stressors the season brings. What does it mean to have Christmas spirit? It’s about embodying this code and emanating this warmth and generosity even in the midst of the holiday stress.