Most recently, on several occasions, I have heard people say "It just doesn't "feel" like Christmas." Of course as human beings, we put all kinds of meaning on everything that is truly meaningless. It's just your perception or how things occur for you personally.
The "feeling" of Christmas which is perceived as joy, love, happiness and gifting, like any Hallmark holiday movie is a romanticized version of life. Having expectations that any outside influences like snow, gifts, food and liquor etc will create the "feeling" of Christmas is truly not connecting to the "feeling." Although all these things may provide a quick joyful moment, that "feeling" doesn't last. Why? Because these things are outside of you.
Ego wants to "feel" these emotions generated by things outside yourself for control and various other things from the past that get activated. "Feelings" of joy, peace and love are the expansion of the heart space and your soul's growth. Generating the "feeling" of Christmas can occur 365 days of the year when we chose to live in our heart space with no expectations and attachments to outcomes, generating love, peace and joy in each and every present moment. That's truly who we are in spirit.
May you live this "feeling" every day of your life!
Peace and Love,