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Dec. 23, 2012 12:03 pm 
Updated: Jan. 16, 2013 12:31 pm
I'm just not feeling it. There's no joy, peace, happiness, excitement, anticipation in my heart this Christmas. I have a bit of disinterest, some dread and a fair amount of blah, but nothing Christmas-y. It's awful knowing that Christmas day is two days away and I am dreading it.

What can a feller do about it? Well, if I get the time between getting the house ready to sell and all of the work associated with that, I'm cooking! I made a great Butternut Squash Soup With A Kick. I made a very nice Tasty Baked Mac n Cheese. And tonight I have Schweinebraten on the menu. It's just like the one I made when living in Germany. Ok. It's from memory, so I'm hoping it's just like the one I used to make in Germany.

I just haven't been able to bring myself to bake any of the yummy treats my grandma used to bake. What is wrong with me? It's the worst year for this to happen too. My oldest girl goes away to college next year, and I don't want her to leave with this memory of a blah Christmas.

Well, I've got two more days. Who knows? Maybe my heart will grow three sizes by then. Until then, I'm a mean one.
Dec. 23, 2012 1:15 pm
Hey,Doc,you don't seem like a "grinch" to me.The spirit has not got you yet?Put on some Christmas music,and bake some cookies,maybe the music and the smell of fresh cookies will improve your mood.I hope it does,MERRY CHRISTMAS to you and your family.
Dec. 23, 2012 1:52 pm
Go out and do a meaningful random act of kindness. Take a baked goodie to an elderly neighbor who may be alone. Take your kids and spend some time at a nursing home or hospital. Drive around town stuffing $1 bills in all the Salvation Army pots you can find. I was always taught the getting is in the giving, so go give a measure of Christmas joy to others and you will rapidly find your supply replenished. Merry Christmas!
Dec. 23, 2012 1:53 pm
I am having a hard time getting in the mood this year too. I finally did cookies today. Not a big assortment like I used to but I did each persons favorite. I felt better once I did it. Good luck to you.
Dec. 23, 2012 3:42 pm
Hey BigShotMom,how are you?you are so right with what you said,after what you have been through,so very happy you are ok.Merry Christmas to you.
Dec. 23, 2012 5:32 pm
Roast pork is one of the traditional dishes of Bavarian cuisine. For the Bavarian sauce typical version is created by adding broth and dark beer . It is served hot with mostly red cabbage (red cabbage), sauerkraut or cole slaw and bread dumplings or potato dumplings , cold contrast with freshly grated horseradish (horseradish) and bread. Roast pork is a standard range of Bavarian cuisine, both in middle-class restaurants as well as in restaurants serving small plates.
Dec. 23, 2012 6:22 pm
KingSparta! You are right on. I served the Schweinebraten with Kartoffel Knoedel, but used a green salad instead of kraut, which I love, but my family feels differently about. I have great memories of having lunch in Biergartens, eating cold pork roast with Kren (grated horseradish) and potato salad. I never had a bad meal in Germany. I miss Suelze so much. I really don't have a good recipe for that.
Dec. 23, 2012 6:26 pm
Thanks all for the encouragement and advice as well. It's nice to see BigShotsMom back. An interesting side note for you is that my wife's aunt is named Irene, and my MIL is Sandy. I'm quite sure they didn't mean to cause you any trouble because they are both wonderful women.
Dec. 23, 2012 6:28 pm
If all goes well, I may have one more post before Christmas. I felt my heart grow one size. Now it is only down by one size. I'm hoping cookies and candlelight service will get it the full three sizes bigger! manella, I am a Grinch, just usually a nice one that loves people. random acts of kindness would be fun. I usually do random acts of oddness.
Dec. 24, 2012 10:17 am
Merry Christmas Doc.
Dec. 24, 2012 1:14 pm
Doc, I hope your heart has grown those 3 sizes by now! Merry Christmas to you and your family!
Dec. 24, 2012 7:23 pm
Doc,looked up German Suelze,there are few,hope you can find what you want.Sorry, i looked on google.,try the Suelze full recipe.Good luck.
Dec. 25, 2012 10:23 am
I want to thank everyone again for their kind words. Merry Christmas to you all, and great blessings in the New Year! manella? You are an angel. This recipe actually looks closer than anything else I've found so far. I can hardly wait to try it! Suelze is the most wonderful summer dish, served splashed with a bit of vinegar and sliced sweet onion. I'll feel like I am back in a Biergarten!
Dec. 25, 2012 1:27 pm
Doc,very happy to have helped.Enjoy your family.Merry Christmas.
Dec. 29, 2012 8:21 pm
Feel u Doc!! We are not into Christmas now that the kids are nearly grown. I am Anxious too! I went to the mall a couple weeks ago and Actually felt scared! Went to Jack Reacher movie on X mas day and was fearful of 'letting' my guard down. There is such crazy and Random cr@p happening. 20 parents, who all they did was send their babies to school. For them, Christmas will Never be the same. Sorry, I am in no mood for Christmas either. Let see what happens next year:) As far as your DD, she will understand. Maybe try talking to her and telling her how you feel. Be well Doc! Hope we feel better soon;)
Dec. 31, 2012 6:26 am
Doc,man do I sympathize with your plight. I usually go into my funk on December 1 and it doesn't go away until February. Between the pressure of who to spend the holiday with (of course somebody always feels left out), to what gifts to get or make that are heartfelt and personal, to just dealing with the hustle and bustle and cold is just too much. I found that by explaining to my family and friends that I have a really hard time with Christmas (Commercial, not faithful)they are really understanding. I suffer from depression anyway so it just gets much worse during the winter and the holidays. I hope your holiday was miraculous with love and hugs abounding. I wish you luck with your home sale. Please keep in mind that you are not alone and we can all help each other. God bless and try the random act of kindness it works.
Jan. 16, 2013 12:26 pm
shame to feel that way at christmas. and a sin when so many have so little. you sound as if you are luckier than a lot of others. count your blessings and get on with it.
Jan. 16, 2013 12:28 pm
for pattycakes, yeah, that's a way to get into the christmas spirit-go see a tom cruise movie and then worry about if it's safe to be in a theater. you all need a reality check.
Jan. 16, 2013 12:31 pm
and you know what else, i've said this before, there are fifty two weeks in a year. take 2 of them to remember the simplicity of the christmas message and the golden rule. you can use the other 50 to be miserable if that's your gig. but this selling your psyches for a little attention is just weird.
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