It is now ten days til Christmas. This year seems anticlimactic. We don't have a Christmas tree up. The advent calendar is still somewhere in the basement. Christmas shopping is mostly done, thanks to free shipping from Amazon. We're not even playing Christmas music.
Maybe the lack of spirit is due to the fact that for the first time, there's no two week long break at the end of a winter semester. Maybe everyone in my household is exceptionally busy this year. Maybe we're too old.