12/21/2009

Musings on Christmas


1. It seems every year that Christmas no sooner ends, then you have to start preparing for Christmas again. I guess that comes with aging. I noticed in September that Wal-Mart, Sears and other department stores had their Christmas decorations out. In fact, it wasn't that long ago that retailers tried a "Christmas in July" for many years. That seems to have fizzled out over the past couple of years.

2. I guess it goes without saying, but Christmas just isn't the same when you find out there isn't a Santa Claus. I found out there wasn't a Santa in a round about way. I was about 8 years old and my cousin asked me if I still believed in Santa. Stunned beyond belief, I said, "Of course not." I cried that entire night.

3. Of course, calories are out the window during this time of year. I guess I will have to get started on another diet as soon as Christmas is over. I've gained 15lbs since May. Don't ask me how I did it. I don't know.

4. I make it a point not to go to any department stores after Thanksgiving. It's rare that I do any Christmas shopping in department stores. I have done most of my shopping online for many years now. I just am not one for the hustle and bustle of crowds. Of course, a lot of people enjoy the Christmas crowds. More power to them.

5. Finally, we should all stop and think what this season is all about. It's about Jesus Christ. It seems with Christmas becoming more and more commercialized, the reason for the season is frequently lost. I am as guilty as anyone else. I miss going to church this time of year. I haven't been since my mother died back in 1998. I have my reasons why I don't go. But, I miss being in church this time of year. God Bless everyone and Merry Christmas


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