Things to Like About the Holidays...


Things to Like About the Holidays…

            For those of us with school age kids, the Christmas holiday officially began with early release last Friday. As a parting gift, teachers threw classroom parties and got the kids all hyped up on sugary snacks. It’s the least they could do as payback for the craziness that exists between Thanksgiving and Christmas breaks. I imagine that to be one of the most difficult times of year to be a teacher. The kids’ attention spans get shorter just like the days do.

            For many, the holiday season is a special time of year. A time to celebrate and to catch up with family and friends. A time of new resolutions and a chance for renewal. It is also a time for us to all reflect and give back to those who may not be having a merry Christmas this or any other year. The kindness and generosity that springs forth this time of year is always inspiring. A lot of people do a lot of nice things for each other during the holidays.

            There are other things to like about the holiday season.

            No school…Long, drawn out meals with family and friends…Lights, lights, and more lights, the more the better…Deer camp…Cold weather, hot coffee, Irish whiskey…College kids coming back for the holidays…The smiles of the moms of those college kids…The morning smell of a fireplace that has been burning all night…Cookies for Santa…The excitement of young kids this time of year…The sound of corks popping on New Year’s Eve…Spoiling grandkids…College football bowl games…Christmas cards and letters…Giving…Charity…Anonymous gifts…Gift cards and after holiday sales…Throwing the football after a big meal…Seeing those people that only tend to come into focus around the holidays…Buying (not to be confused with shopping for) the perfect gift…The “white elephant” Christmas gift game…The one gift that you’re most excited about giving (usually not the most expensive, but the most thoughtful)…The first Antler Drop Ball…Fireworks on New Year’s Eve…Turkey, ham, stuffing, gravy, and the cranberry mold shaped like the can it just came out of…The classic network holiday TV shows that we loved, but that I can’t seem to keep my kid interested in…New Year’s Resolutions…That elf in Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer who wanted to be a dentist…Starry, Starry, Nights…Awkward Santa pictures…Awkward family pictures…The elf on the shelf…Thoughtful gifts…Christmas smelling candles…

            The list goes on and on.

            Merry Christmas to all.  Until next week, keep smiling.       

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