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Thursday, December 29, 2011

The 12 Days of Christmas

Christmas Day has come and gone.  The commercial onslaught by retailers both brick and mortar and online which began after Halloween has subsided somewhat.  Now the push is towards those after-Christmas sales along with New Year's sales.  I enjoyed a quiet Christmas with my family.  I worked up until Christmas Eve but I was looking forward to some rest and relaxation thru the day after New Year's as school is closed during that time.  On Christmas Eve night, Aimee made a delicious dinner after spending much of her day in the kitchen and that night we had little trouble getting our 5 year old and twin 4 year olds to bed.  They were so excited to open their presents from Santa Claus the next day.

As they fell asleep with visions of sugarplums dancing in their head, I took the opportunity to clean the kitchen.  While cleaning, I tuned into New York's WQXR looking to listen to some holiday classical music.  Instead I was treated to an old fashioned radio play:  Charles Dicken's A Christmas Carol.  The radio play starred F Murray Abraham as Scrooge.

I listened to the performance and enjoyed it very much.   The conversion of Scrooge, with the help of Marley and the three spirits, from being an individual who is cold, closed off to others and lacking in spirit to being one that is kind towards others, generous with his wealth and grateful is worth examining within ourselves during this holiday season. 

Like Scrooge, there have been many occasions which I've felt Christmas is a humbug, an excuse to spend money for things not really needed but then I realize that the greatest gifts during this season aren't those my children unwrapped on Christmas morning.  No the best gifts this season include the time spent with family and friends during these 12 days of Christmas, the generosity I can display to those in need and the ability to keep that spirit up during the year ahead, which I suspect will be most challenging to maintain.

As 2011 recedes, along with my head cold which has laid me up for most of today, I am grateful I have been able to share this Christmas with my family and close loved ones.   We traveled to Connecticut on Christmas day to visit Aimee's sister and family for Christmas Day and our children enjoyed spending time with their cousins, Aunts, Uncle and Mama and Papa.

I hope all my readers enjoyed their Christmas, Hannukah or other seasonal holiday this year.  I plan on making one more blogpost for this year on Saturday New Year's Eve with my predictions for 2012.  

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  1. Well said! Look forward to seeing you, Aimee, and the kids soon.


  2. Thanks Dan. Happy New Year to you too.