Andy Williams gets it right when he says, "It's the most wonderful time of the year!" I'm sorry for those who don't agree, but there is enough glee (and "Glee"!) for everyone to share from mid-November to the bleak days that start on January 10, the day after the BCS Bowl Championship is decided, and continue until opening day of the baseball season.
I love Christmas and all that it brings. It's more than the gifts, more than the ham and turkey and pie, more than the carols, more than the snow we still might see ONE of these days. It's that settled feeling that you can't really feel in August, a feeling that means there is hope for renewed goodness and spirit, hope for peace and joy and love. Because, why not?
I notice we don't send or receive nearly as many Christmas cards as we used to, and at first that seems sad, but then you realize, this e-world we're living in means we are all connected more or less all of the time. Time was, you'd get a Christmas card from your second cousin once removed and it was the first time you had heard from her since the time Uncle Walt fell down the well. Now, she's on your Facebook, you get texts from her asking what size scarf you wear, and she publishes a regular email newsletter updating one and all on the activities of her children, including Eddie, the oldest boy for whom no one held out much hope in the early days, but who expects to be graduated from chiropractic school in the spring semester.
Mr Gates and Mr Jobs did a lot more for keeping the world's families and friends close than a power outage in Buffalo in January. I don't know how you feel, but I love that feeling of being in touch with the people I love and who love me right back!
This is my (typically) long way of wishing you and yours the happiest of Holidays. Whatever you celebrate, however you celebrate, may the best of everything be yours, and may your heart be merry and bright!