Ready for Christmas

grtpmpknI just finished watching “It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown.”  It is now officially the Holiday Season otherwise known as Christmas.

Yeah, there’s still Halloween and Thanksgiving but they don’t count anymore.  It’s all about Christmas according to the TV.

The good part is that this year, I’m ready for it.  I’m looking forward to the next two months of Christmas.  I think I’m going to put my my tree sometime in mid-November.  Maybe even sooner.  I’m really looking forward to it for some reason.

Usually I loathe this time of year because of the rampant commercialism and commonality.  For some reason I feel like I’m over that and ready to embrace the real meaning of Christmas and what it means to me rather than what it used to be.  I sure hope I can hold this feeling in the face of onslaught of commercialism stupidity.

Wish me luck.



Dear Santa

sntaltrDear Santa,

I’ve been relatively good this year.  Far from perfect and probably not deserving of anything but I wanted to write anyway.

I feel unworthy to ask for anything for myself.  I know it’s not your department but I do ask for a little healing for my Aunt and for Tony in the Band.  Maybe you can put in a word for them with the proper authorities?

If you know the person in charge of World Peace, could you pass along my request for a large quantity?

If I was to ask for anything for myself it would be the usual annual request for a close friend.  Still waiting on that one.  One year I might be worthy.

Merry Christmas to you and your family and staff.



Not feeling Christmas this year

tinyxmsChristmas is really tiny this year.  I’m totally not feeling it.  It’s really a shame too because this is one of the few years that I was looking forward to the season.  Suddenly it is upon us.  Only three days until Christmas Eve and it feels like September.

I tried.  I went out and bought a real tree.  I decorated it.  Sparsely but decorated. I listened to Christmas music while walking around the neighborhood looking at the lights.  I played two Christmas concerts in my community band.   I forced myself to buy a few gifts for the immediate family but I still feel nothing.  For the next few days I’m going to binge on Christmas cartoons and see if that helps.

If not, i think Christmas may be officially dead.  Too bad for the kids these days.  They are missing out on all the magic that Christmas used to be.  Sorry kids.  That’s the way it goes.  You should have been born back in 1968 when Christmas was still awesome.

Me. When Christmas was awesome.



The Last Christmas

baby's last christmasThis has been my favorite Christmas ornament for quite a few years now.

Seeing how terrorism is ramping up and countries are increasingly fighting with each other about stupid things, it couldn’t be much longer before somebody pushes the button.

Make sure your new baby appreciates his first Christmas because it is likely to be his last.

Re-buying Christmas

xmslgtsWow.  This year I seem to be in the Christmas Spirit so I went upstairs to the closet in the spare bedroom and pulled down my box of Christmas decorations.   It was really small.

A year or so ago I was so lonely and depressed that I was convinced that I had seen my last Christmas threw out 90% of my decorations keeping only the most treasured old tarnished ornaments and some LED lights.

Gone are my strings of C7 and C9 bulbs that were so old and frayed that they were probably fire hazards.  I still used them because they were old and special.  They reminded me of my childhood and my father but I let them go anyway.  I guess it was for the best because they were energy hogs by today’s standards and rather dangerous.

I also had some mesh lights that I used on my front bushes.  I should have kept those too.

I guess I’ll be re-buying Christmas this year.

A few weeks later…
Actually,  I kind of like a basic minimal Christmas.  I think I’ll just stick with what I have left.

Christmas starts in October now

thSome retail stores are getting ready to launch the earliest Black Friday ever.  It’s enough to make you want to hurl.

So far I don’t feel too bad about Christmas this year.  Of course the onslaught of Christmas ads has not yet begun.  Usually by the time December 25th arrives we are so tired of Christmas and its marketing madness that it has lost all meaning.

It is unusual but I am kind of looking forward to Christmas this year.  I hope that doesn’t get ruined before it arrives.