"It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas..."
In “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas…” I attempt to embellish the sights, sounds, smells, and tastes of a memorable holiday.
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If I can use the first line of a most popular song of the season and reiterate the theme by saying, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. In the homes, the malls, the radio and the TV, even on our computers and cell phones, everywhere we see – Christmas is happening again. Do you feel it? You may or may not have the snow and cold yet, but can you feel the Spirit of Christmas? Do you hear it? All the music plus the programs on TV, which happen to mostly be re-runs from past Christmases I might add. All are geared-up to remind everyone that the Christmas Season is in full swing and if you aren’t prepared, you best get to hoppin’. You can also see Christmas on the faces of others, the children seem to glow during this time and the degree of the Christmas fever is so evident by just watching them. Of course the teens can be found descending on the malls and eateries where they can meet-up with their friends to plan the next spectacular party or dance, and the adults are a somewhat mixed group; some with all the happiness of the season on their faces while others appear somewhat perplexed with all that’s going on with everyone else while wondering if there is yet sufficient funds in their bank account to stand another Christmas like last.
Does everyone always gather at your house?
Oh, the bliss of Christmas. Strategically placed as the last holiday of the year, after every other occasion is over; sometimes we men have a tendency to go overboard by the fact we don’t want to ‘overdo it’ and spend more than we can afford, yet we must appear as if we somehow ‘do more’ than we did last year. All this while struggling to maintain a happy, understanding and yet ‘fully in control’ demeanor before the rest of the family and community. This is the one time we guys must get it all right so as to continue within the rightful status as head of the family as well as a pillar in the neighborhood, which is a position now days constantly under dispute or at least a difference of opinion held by none other than the rest of the family.
No memory of the season would be complete without mention of the food enjoyed by all during this season. This is the area where the ladies of the home compete with mother-in-laws, cousins, sisters, grandparents as well as the neighbors and the little old ladies at church who no longer seem to have someone to impress with their scrumptious culinary talents. Often even the world-wide-web will be browsed for that last minute recipe that will forever seal mom’s honored place at the top of the heap of family’s all-time best cooks.
So let’s all look around one more time - have we remembered all the family members that always show up? How about that loud uncle that always says not to plan on him this year, yet always seems to show up at the last minute as well as those that might unannounced? How about the mail-man, the cleaning lady, the little boy that mows the yard during the summer, also the paper boy? Satisfied that all the cards have been mailed at last and that you’re finally happy with all the decorations and that special little gift for your sweetie? Then maybe with all honesty you can say, “I’m ready for the merriment to begin,” and can say with certainty that it’s truly beginning to look, to sound, to feel, to smell and to taste a lot like Christmas and to borrow a little quote I remember from some Christmas long ago, may I conclude with “Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night…”
© 2011 SamSonS