Thursday, December 13, 2012
Close to Nowhere
It’s beginning to look...
...a lot like Christmas! Finally!
I guess the global warming trend is even hitting the South, as this has been as warm a winter as last year’s. I don’t mind warm winters; in fact, I don’t like cold at all, but in December, to get in the Christmas mood, you need cold temperatures and gray skies that look like it might snow just at any minute now.
The older I get the more problem I have finding the Christmas “spirit.” The older I get the more commercial Christmas seems. Which actually is fine. It’s fun to shop and buy for friends and family and decorate the house and look at all the Christmas lights.
This year someone posted a picture on Facebook before Halloween — pumpkins on one aisle of a store and Christmas trees on the next aisle.
I’m an old fuddy-duddy, I guess. I want to enjoy Halloween, then Thanksgiving, then Christmas.
By the time New Year’s Eve rolls around, I am ready for the holidays to be over!
Mid-December is the time to anticipate and enjoy Christmas. We had a play at CrossPointe Church last weekend “A Way In A Manger,” and it lifted my heart and my Christmas spirit. A church member and fireman in DeSoto County, Greg Hedrick writes plays for the church at Easter and Christmas. He’s excellent at finding the heart of the season.
Tuesday, as I write this, it’s cold, cloudy and damp-feeling. I have my Christmas Spirit rejuvenated (thanks again, Greg!) and I might even be able to enjoy Christmas shopping this weekend. No, I haven’t even started yet. But I’m happy now, so I’ll enjoy it.
I’m also almost recovered from the deadly bout of winter crud that’s going around. I’m still coughing, but am alive, so I’m very grateful! For about a week or so, I wasn’t sure if I was gonna make it or not!
We’re working on the Christmas edition of The South Reporter and letters to Santa have poured in. I love these. I love them more now that I don’t have to type them — son Kris, computer geek and typist here at the paper, has that privilege.
Hopefully, I’ll be out this weekend shopping and exchanging well-wishes with friends and neighbors.
I’ll be happy to respond to anything — Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, Happy Hannukah, Happy Kwanza, whatever.
It’s not the words that matter, it’s the Spirit that the words are uttered with.
My spirit is filled with glad tidings. I hope yours is, too.
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