Originally Posted by Acting Like Godot
However the key difference between X and the Christmas family gathering is just that you have a very strong belief that the Christmas family gathering but you have a very weak belief that X will happen. If you had a strong belief that X would happen, it would be completely natural for you to feel excited or pleased or satisfied or joyful that X has come or will soon arrive.
It really does boil down to belief in the process. Once you experience results and see the correlation between the imagined and the real this question goes away.