It’s the day after Christmas, and since Monday is a work day, today is probably going to be a travel day for a lot of people. I’m actually going to be on the road myself, although my trip is relatively short, so when this posts I’ll either be on the road or getting ready to leave my mother’s house.
So, I’m keeping this one simple. How was your Christmas? Did you get something nice? Did you enjoy your family? Did you take part in a religious ceremony that touched you in some fashion? Was it a nice holiday for you?
Yes, a very short post, but I hope it’s a post that people will participate with in some way. And when I get home, I’ll have to tell you how my Christmas was, although I think it’s going to be nice. There’s only 4 of us, and other than giving our few gifts it’ll be quick, we’ll eat, maybe watch a DVD of some sort, and move on from there.
In any case I hope everyone had a great holiday; back to “real” posts tomorrow. 😉
Merry Christmas to those who celebrate Christmas, and happy holidays to the rest of you. Although Christmas isn’t overall my favorite holiday, one can’t dispute that some of the best specials on TV are due to Christmas.
One of my favorites ever was John Denver and the Muppets – A Christmas Together. Strange thing is, it’s never come out on video in any fashion, for whatever reason. I have the album, which I’ve always loved, but of course now I don’t have a record player so I don’t get to play it anymore.
Anyway, part of that is solved here. Here are videos from that special that others have uploaded; great stuff! I hope you enjoy them.
The day before Christmas, and I thought I’d go in a much different direction than normal. I wrote this poem back in 1993, probably the last poem or anything like it that I ever wrote. I’ve had it for years, but can’t say that I’d thought about it in awhile.
Me being me, it’s probably not a traditional Christmas poem, but it’s my style. I hope everyone is going to visit someone they care about this holiday season, regardless of what you believe, and if not, I hope you have some peace during this time, even for only a few days if that’s all you can get. Happy Holidays to all.
The Three Roses of Christmas
There were three roses of Christmas
Discussing the coming day
The trip they were to undertake
And what they were supposed to say
The first one was a cynic
Said “Man, we’re being used
This cat’s afraid to speak his mind
So we’re to plant a clue
I looked into the brother’s eyes
I’ve seen the signs before
He figures that by sending us
He’ll get a foot in the door
This dude will freak when she reacts
Cause this stuff never works
The ladies like a man who’s strong
Not one who acts a twerp
Man, this way’s a cop out
The girl will see right through
Got too many eggs in the basket
This Christmas he’ll be blue”
The second was a romantic
Said “You’ve got this thing all wrong
It’s such a lovely gesture
Like writing someone a song
Every Christmas love’s in blossom
It’s a perfect time of year
When an exchange with someone special
Brings a sentimental tear
I think our overt statement
Sends a message very clear
It’s sent from someone special
To one that’s very dear
You and your misgivings
Open up and see
We’re the symbol of Christmas love
Like the tree’s for family unity”
The third one had been quiet
Taking in every word
He listened to the argument
And thought it quite absurd
“Why of course we’re a sign of love
We’re not a sign of hate
But love has many levels to which
I hope you can relate
There’s love of just one person
There’s love of family
There’s love of all mankind
Though for us intent’s the key
We can’t be sure of one’s motives
For human’s are a sensitive lot
They never seem happy for very long
When they can’t get what they have not
You two just can’t see how close you are
On the feelings the season brings
You probably see different reasons for
So many Christmas wedding rings
For the cynic, why not send a dozen?
For the romantic, why not send just one?
So many relevant theories are born
With each rising of the sun
And what about the religious
Who know why the day was named
If believers were our destination
Would our meaning be perceived the same?
I think we should be happy for
The feelings we hope to impart
An outward reaction of a smile
And a touching of the heart”
Finally the three were silent
It was time for them to go
There are so many different meanings
That they may never know
Though flowers may enhance someone’s feelings
It’s the receiver who has to adjust
So a specific message may not be conveyed
By any three roses of Christmas.
December might as well be nicknamed “holiday month” because most religions have something going on during this time. Not to just single out Christmas, but we have Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Al Hijra, Ashura, Boxing Day, Gita Jayanti, and Día de los Muertos. I’m sure there are others, but we’ll go with these for now.
Holidays bring both joy and stress. Truthfully, most of the time the Christmas season stresses me out because, as an independent businessman, I know that my normal businesses are going to dry up during this time, and the slow down of course takes money out of my pocket.
The lucky thing for my wife and I is that we don’t buy many Christmas presents. We don’t often buy anything for each other; instead, we’ll usually plan something special for after the holidays. A couple of years ago we went for an overnight in a hotel with a Jacuzzi in the room and watched comedy DVD’s; that was really nice. There are a few people we get something for, but we don’t spend a lot of money.
How do most of you feel about the holidays in general? How are you handling the crowds, the over-commercialization of it all? Is your religion primary during this time of year or are you just enjoying the general holiday feel? I hope this is an easy question for you, but of course one never knows.
We’re getting into what’s known as the holiday season, at least in the U.S. This weekend, as a matter of fact, is Columbus Day weekend, and banks are closed, as well as no mail delivery, on Monday. Yeah, we still give Columbus credit for discovering a country that was already thriving; so be it.
When I was a kid, I loved all holidays; I think most kids do. As I got older, I stopped liking every holiday except Thanksgiving. That was when Mom pulled out the stops when it pertained to food. She’d make the large turkey with homemade cornbread dressing, giblet gravy, mashed potatoes, yams, peas (okay, I didn’t like this part, but it was part of the bargain) and of course the hot rolls. Then later on we’d have our choice of either homemade sweet potato pie or strawberry cake; yeah, I hate strawberries, but there was something about Mom’s number one homemade dessert that overruled it all.
Since Dad passed Mom has stopped cooking, and thus the day isn’t any different than any other time I visit her. So, it’s now swinging around to Christmas, where I love seeing the faces of people when they get gifts from me, and I’m starting to enjoy once more receiving gifts from others; I hadn’t enjoyed that since I was 13, and I’m not sure why. Christmas was also my dad’s favorite holiday; I don’t think Mom ever had a favorite holiday, and that puts her with my wife.
So there’s the question; what’s your favorite holiday, no matter where you live?