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Spirit of the Season

December 16, 2015

Just a few comments on attitude at this crazy time of year.  People are rushing everywhere to buy “things”.  We’re all checking off items on list, after list, after list.  Presents for the kids.  A bottle of bubbly for Aunt June.  The secret ingredient for Mom’s Special Gravy.

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The roads are full of ice and idiot drivers.  The parking lots are packed and you can’t park even slightly close to the store.  Inside the mall people are pushing, shoving, and according to the news, actually fighting over merchandise.

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Why do we do this?  So we can make our families happy?  Does this look like happy?

My husband and I occasionally give each other Christmas presents, if we really need something, but very rarely.  A nice bottle of Irish Cream and a fire in the fireplace is precious to us. A holiday season without stress, that’s our gift to each other.

We don’t exchange gifts with the cousins we celebrate with.  Why?  Because for us the gift is their company.  The gift is the feast.  The gift is knowing we have family to eat, drink, and be merry with.  We don’t need anything else.

XmasDog_xw600_xh399Christmas is a celebration of love, or it should be.  You don’t have to be religious to get into the holiday spirit.  If someone wishes you a Merry Christmas, and you don’t believe in Christmas, just know they are wishing you good things. It doesn’t matter if it comes out Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah or Happy Holidays.  Someone is still wishing you well.

So before you scream at the guy who pulled into the parking space you were hoping to use, mellow out and remind yourself – this is a season of “good will toward men”.  There really is joy in giving. Even if you’re just giving up the parking space and walking another few feet.  You’ll burn a few more of the extra calories from all the holiday treats you’ve been eating!  So smile, and quit with the Grinch attitude. This is a happy time, if you let it be.

Merry Christmas!  Happy Hanukkah!  Season’s Greeting! Good things!

—E. A. Cooke

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