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Christmas isn’t what it used to be. I think it’s better, because I carry so many more with me than I used to.

Yes, I love Christmas, and so I mostly ignore the world’s attempts to dismiss it, criticize it, re-invent it, trivialize it, and even demean it. People have the freedom to be happy or sad, thankful or resentful, giving or greedy, merry or grumpy. I prefer to be positive, happy, and even sentimental.

I haven’t been as "well-heeled" the last few years, and more and more I’ve found myself having to give more from my heart than my pocketbook, to tap more into my wellspring of time and imagination and less into the aisles of my favorite department stores. I’m afraid I haven’t helped to keep the wheels of commerce very well oiled lately, so if things are bad, feel free to blame me.

I do try to share a tiny bit of what I have accumulated in my life every so often: bits and pieces of the observations, insights, laughter, pearls of wisdom, memories, stories, and the unique experiences I have been blessed with during my time here on Mother Earth.

I am so grateful that our Creator chose to grant me this time, in this place, at these moments in history. I’ve seen so much change in my short time here, and what change I haven’t seen I can ask about from those older than me who still remember, or find information about almost anyone and anything at the touch of a finger.

My personal world is small, but filled with immeasurable wonder, and I still marvel that it exists at all - and that I can make candy in my kitchen, walk to the river, rake leaves in my own yard, watch children grow, can still run for miles, hug friends a thousand miles away, and that I have special days like Christmas to celebrate and reflect on those memorable days that have come and gone and yet still remain in my heart.

I remember a small drafty house warmed with love, my first runny nose on a cold Christmas day, my grandmother’s smile, racing around a front yard that seemed as big as a football field but wasn’t, my mom's toasty aromatic kitchen, eating Fritos and chili, sitting at the counter of a neighborhood restaurant eating fries and ketchup thinking I was a big shot, hitting the bullseye with my bow and arrow, and waking up on so many Christmas mornings - Christmas days that seemed to take forever to get there.

When I was really little, after my mom had begun reading us Bible stories from a big family Bible with the most curious and fascinating pictures I'd ever seen (I thought they were photographs back then), I started a little tradition of singing “Happy Birthday” to the baby Jesus, by myself because I was a little embarrassed, to be honest, and didn’t think anyone would understand.

After all these years, I still do, and sometime after midnight tonight, I’ll repeat my simple little tradition. I know some people would think that silly and somewhat ridiculous if they knew, but so be it. It’s not for them anyway and, even if they did, I’d do it just the same because I like to do it. I’d probably feel awful if I didn’t just because I’ve grown up now. I like to think the baby Jesus would feel the same way. I like that some things don't change and are actually better that way. Like "classic" Coke, baseball, jacks, and the hug of a true friend.

People and things don't always stay the same though, and some do come and go. That is the way of life, ever changing as it circles around us in a constant but ever-changing dance. But while we have this one moment, may I say Merry Christmas you, and to one and all. You never know if there'll be another, so hang on to this one and those you already have, and do make the most of them. I tend to believe that having the real spirit of Christmas in you every day makes the actual day of celebration a lot more meaningful and enjoyable. I hope you do too.


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Dec. 25th, 2007 11:11 pm (UTC)
I hope you had a Merry Christmas. Christmas eve was great. I went over Eileen's this AM, to give the kids a couple more presents. The rest of the day I have just spent at home. Which is nice.
I like what you said about some things not changing! Classic coke is the best! I never understood what the Coca Cola company would tamper with a classic! New Coke was TERRIBLE!
Anyways, I was just stopping by to wish you a Merry Christmas!
Dec. 26th, 2007 12:26 am (UTC)
You are right on about the "New Coke" fiasco. I tasted some at a party when it first came out and thought the 2-liter bottle had gone flat. I bought a bottle later that week for myself and was horrified. They kept running ads and doing stories about how people weren't really tasting what they thought they were tasting. Remember Bill Cosby running all those ads saying how he loved it? I lost all respect for him for a long time. People wonder why I'm so critical of the media, purveyors of propaganda, and people who will sell out for a buck and try to convince you to ignore you own eyes, ears, and taste buds. Do they still make the stuff?

Hope your Christmas has been wonderful. Sounds like it was near perfect. Mine was just fine.
Dec. 26th, 2007 01:31 am (UTC)
The media has a way of doing that. And the "Celebrities and Sports Players" who do those ads are only in it for another couple million dollars. I remember when Michael Jackson did the Pepsi commercial and his hair caught on fire. That to me is a kind of justice. LOL. I think they stopped making new coke.
Dec. 26th, 2007 06:15 pm (UTC)
I remember that well. I recall hearing he had a lot of oils in his hair that made it even more flammable. It was pretty scary. Poor Michael wasn't nearly as wacky back then. What a descent.
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