I think that for awhile I had lost my Christmas spirit. Misplaced among the chaos resulting from too many years of retail Christmas. With tinny carols blasting out of paging systems and too many stressed out shoppers taking it out on which ever unsuspecting customer service rep crossed their paths. Too much excess of over decorated, over primped displays of yet another cheaply produced, but expensive to purchase, and not needed "item of the year." My Christmas spirit seemed lost in the warehouse of never ending and overpriced gift items. Rat poop infested fake trees that needed to be rewashed each season, then dolled up, and put out in the hopes of trolling for a customer. In hours spent on your feet, smiling and being pleasant when all you long for is to curl up on the couch with your loved ones. In missing yet another year of spending Christmas with my family, because I don't get time off in December. Something happened today, when I was unpacking boxes of Christmas ornaments. I found my Christmas spirit again, apparently I had packed it away last year. I thought it was lost. Found it in the nostalgia reflected in delicate copper colored glass balls that hung on my family's tree over 4 decades ago. Each year it seems there are less, some are a little worse for wear, but they are so cherished. It also bounced out from little clear ornaments, that Bootsie played with, as I unwrapped them from their layers of tissue. Seeing the joy in his tail as it swished among the tissue, each crinkle exciting him into a frenzy. It was hidden in the treasures that held memories, and each item unwrapped added a little boost to my Christmas spirit. My poor battered, tired, lost Christmas spirit, is now shined up, and sparkling just like our Christmas tree. Looking around at the glimmer, and glow, from the glass balls added to our decor, to the cat bouncing through boxes like a kangaroo, and Gar snoozing in the chair, my Christmas spirit returned. Just like the credit card bills do every January. Only this is one delivery that is worth it.