My Slow-Moving Christmas Spirit

by Jeff Abbott on December 24, 2008

If you don’t want to fight holiday crowds, may I suggest your local Office Max? I had to go there last night to get a toner cartridge and there were three customers in the entire store. No crowds, no lines! Of course not everyone would want pens or legal pads or calendars or envelopes for Christmas, but I’m just saying. . .

On the way home I said to my wife (who had been to the busier Petsmart to buy Christmas treats for our two Cardigan Welsh Corgis) I hadn’t felt very much in the Christmas spirit as of late. Which is just silly, but there it is. I suspect it’s because my plate is very full and I’m thinking a lot about work. And the news on the TV is so dire, it’s been hard to feel that warmth of goodwill.
But what we’re going through, as a nation, as a world, is not much compared to earlier generations. Can you imagine Christmas in World War II? Or during the Civil War? In our darkest hours, Christmas must have offered not a reason to reflect on difficulties but a beacon of hope. I suspect those earlier generations were made of sterner stuff.
If you have your health, your family, and a roof over your head, you have every reason to be joyful this Christmas. I’m glad I remembered that in time.
My wife just hung an orange studded with cloves in front of my face. The tree, decorated by my wife and kids and full of family and homemade ornaments, looks beautiful. My stepfather made it just fine through his heart surgery yesterday. I have every reason to feel the Christmas spirit, and today I do.
I wish everyone a Merry Christmas, a Happy Hanukkah, and a Happy New Year.

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    Ann Victor December 24, 2008 at 10:04 am

    Glad your stepdad’s heart surgery went well!
    Hope Santa is good to you when he visits tonight.
    Try to watch a 2005 movie called “Joyeux Noel” (sub titled Merry Christmas) starring Guilaume Canet, Daniel Bruhl and Benno Furmann directed by Christian Carion. Based on a true event that happened in the trenches of WWI. The French, German and Scottish troops laid down arms and celebrated Christmas together. Somewhat romanticized, but still a heartwarming tale of the meaning of Christmas in the worst of times. Have a box of tissues handy. Was nominated for the Oscar best foreign language film 2006.

    Kristan December 24, 2008 at 3:54 pm

    Agreed!
    Happy holidays to you and yours. :)

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