And all through the house nat a creature was stirring or something to that effect. There are some eight or so videos of Christmas that we like to watch. So we plan our viewing accordingly.
Little shop Around The Corner, Christmas In Connecticut, We’re No Angels, A Christmas Story, The Bishop’s Wife, The Man Who Came To Dinner, and so on. The beauty of these videos is that we are transported to an age where Christmas, whether one is a true believer in christianity or an atheist, can experience a sense of spiritual awareness without the need for dogma. Out of the various world’s religions, Christianity offers through the Christmas season a type of spiritual awareness that neither Islam nor Judaism not Buddhism can offer. Not that I wish to convince anyone to convert to this type of religion. Peace on earth, good will towards men, what could be simpler? O’Henry’s Gift Of The Magi explains the point of Christmas, self sacrifice for the happiness of others leads to a sense of having our own sense of happiness. Christmas is truly the most wonderful season of the year. Easter can’t compare. Thanksgiving is a prelude to Christmas. One need not be religious to celebrate the season. Hell, one can be an atheist and still celebrate Christmas with Rudolph and Santa Claus and all that commercial stuff.
Now one of the things that helps Christmas is snow. As a child growing up in Texas, we did not have snow to any great degree. If we got two inches and it lasted for two days we were in heaven. Imagine the joy of living in the northeast and having five or six inches of snow on the ground or maybe two feet. One could actually build sled runs and ski here and there. My first snow man ans snow fort were a delight. Then there was the skating on the frozen creeks and small rivers. Put on two pairs of pants, a couple of sweatshirts or sweaters and a jacket and spend the entire day on the ice playing ice hockey or doing figure eights. Snow plays a big part in Christmas and without it, well, the holiday doesn’t seem the same. I can’t imagine having Christmas in the summer time like they do in the southern hemisphere.
I grew up in that age when Christmas trees were still real trees no matter how dead the things were. We had the old bubble lights and tinsel and glass ornaments and home made ornaments. Today I no longer kill a tree for Christmas, I choose to do without the mess dying trees leave, the boxes of ornaments, and the new plastic “Life-like” trees. In my retirement I like to keep it simple spend the money on a couple of good meals. So Christmas Eve supper will be Arctic Char, green beans with mushrooms and onion, and some rice. Christmas day is boneless rib roast with a meat sauce, bake potatoes, and asparagus with butter. Of course the wines will match the courses and I have a wide assortment of cheeses to snack upon. Neither my body nor my pocketbook could afford to eat like this more than a couple times a year and holidays are good enough reasons to indulge the mind, body, and spirit. Then come the new year it’s time to get back to work. Life always has something to keep the mind and body busy.
So from me and mine to you and yours, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year