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Do I know it’s Christmas?

So I’m rocking my Christmas tie and going to see The Nutcracker tonight (live from Lincoln Center at a theater near you) but the spirit of the season is eluding me. Not that I’m unhappy, just Not in the Mood. I shall have to take a leaf from Miss Fitzhugh:

“Sport wrote back: I have no Christmas spirit.

Harriet wrote back: We’ll have to fake it.”

Roger Sutton About Roger Sutton

Roger Sutton has been the editor in chief of The Horn Book, Inc, since 1996. He was previously editor of The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books and a children's and young adult librarian. He received his M.A. in library science from the University of Chicago in 1982 and a B.A. from Pitzer College in 1978. Follow him on Twitter: @RogerReads.



  1. You’re not alone, and I really think that it’s because Christmas decorations and music have been shoved down our throats since the beginning of fall. I used to love listening to Christmas music, rereading my favorite Christmas stories, and watching my favorite Christmas movies, but not this year. I’m looking forward to the vacation and visiting my family, but I’m disappointed that I can’t get into my usual Christmas zone.

  2. I love Christmas. I always have. But Christmas has to be made. All those traditions come out of history and custom, but they have to happen, and someone has to make them happen, and most of that someone in my family is me.
    Sometimes I get tired. This year, I am tired. I am older, my son’s beloved is still out of work, my mom scarcely knows us any more. In other words, I am in the same situation as most of my friends and colleagues.
    But we have an Advent calendar. The wreaths are on the door. I know who is coming for Christmas Eve, which is our bigger celebration in our Italian-American, slightly pagan festival. I have found really good gifts for most people, and I hope someone is finding at least one really good gift for me.
    We saw the Nutcracker last week, and I was surprised at how much I still loved it.
    Merry Holly, Roger.

  3. I’ve never been much of a fan of Christmas, but I LOVE Halloween. So I celebrate the 13 Days of Creepmas.

  4. We celebrate Hanukkahmass or Christmakkah in this interestingly blended family with friends who have nowhere else to go. We have a tree, a menorah, glasses that when you look at the tree lights through them you see dancing dreidels and six-pointed stars. We sing brochas and carols. We give presents wrapped in Santa paper, dreidle paper, paper that says Happy birthday The town had a Luminarium last night and our driveways (my daughter lives next door) shimmered with candles in paper bags. We walked down em masse to the town center where lots of folks gathered to sing and wave at Santa on the back of a semi decorated with lights. (If there had been snow, he would have been in a horse-drawn sleigh. There are parties with the neighbors all week long.

    It induces a kind of holiday haze if not full-out celebration. The grandings love it, ages 9-28. It is a full on, non-religious, festival of lights.

    Jane Y

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