Christmas Just Isn’t Christmas Without…
While I haven’t celebrated Christmas in many years, it’s kind of hard to avoid feeling some of that holiday cheer of sparking lights, frenzied shopping and seeing families get together. I don’t have a whole lot of family around, so sadly that isn’t really much of a tradition of mine, but for those that do have lots of family, y’all should do more of that (if you don’t already, some not by choice LOL). Even I must admit that Christmas just isn’t Christmas without…
- Eggnog: It’s the only time of the year that you really see it on store shelves, although you can create your own personal Christmas batch any time of the year with the right recipe.
- Snow: In the tradition of the Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas” (with Bing Crosby singing in the background), it just isn’t the same unless we see at least flurries. We got that last night!
- Presents: There’s no shortage of shopping during the holidays, although during tough economic times, apparently we’re much more subdued in our shopping than years past. I like the days when we actually came up with creative gifts or gifts that were really appropriate for the person, instead of just ‘new tech’.
- Kids: As much as my personal discomfort with children between the ages of 4 and 12 exists, it’s undeniable that Christmas really is about the kids. Their child-like wonder of the holiday pumps renewed innocence into the whole affair. Somehow, on this holiday alone, I really don’t mind kids those ages being around me.
- Santa: Say what you will about Santa existing or not. It doesn’t really matter. Santa is the symbol of a holiday that gives children and adults hope everywhere. It allows perfect strangers to come together and give a little happiness in an otherwise dreary world. It keeps a little mystery and innocence in a holiday filled with the exact opposite. I like Santa. He’s a cool fella. I’d hang out with him and have some cookies and spiked eggnog.
- Prayers for Peace: You don’t need to be religious to recognize we need more prayers for peace, not just on a particular holiday. The Pope does it each year, but I think we all need to do it. Critical mass dictates that with enough people doing the same thing, it can come into being, be adopted and be self-sustaining. We need this, people.
On that note and with Christmas almost over in some places…
Merry Christmas! Joyeux Noel! メリークリスマス！God Jul! 聖誕節快樂! 메리 크리스마스!