Please, this year, I just want my Christmas back.
I don’t need snow. I don’t need a lot of presents. I’d really just like to have my family and friends with a little holiday cheer and have that feeling of contentment that comes from drinking warm cider and eating wonderful food with people you like. I want that sense of magic you get from staring at the lights on the tree for too long and the peaceful feeling that arises from the complete utter lack of traffic noise that only happens on Christmas Eve.
That’s what I was going to write because, well, this Christmas is shaping up to be one of the un magical ones. I know every Christmas can’t be perfect because then how would we know which ones were great but this year I really feel like it’s been hijacked.
Besides the personal stuff- like my son will be MIA on Christmas- I’m finding it hard to feel cheerful and merry when so many people here are out of work and struggling. When so many places in the world right now have collapsing economies, governments, crumbling social structures and way too much suffering. All I want for Christmas this year is Christmas.
Then last night I walked around Decatur. It was bonfire night in the square- lots of families out roasting marshmallows and visiting Santa (all for free) The stores and restaurants were all full. One shop had a fabulous country/folk group performing on the porch- hey guys, do you have a CD? You rock! The cookware store had wine tasting, the bookstore had a lecture, the Library had a concert- again all free. There was a guy dressed up as an elf or maybe a Christmas gift? It was hard to tell but he sure was festive. There were excited children and smiling parents, happy bargain hunters, and friendly people out having a good time.
I think I got my Christmas back.
oh, just one more little thing- can you bring me a new CD player? Mine doesn’t anymore and I sure am in the mood for some Christmas music.