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Wednesday, December 23, 2015

That Magical Time of Year


That Magical Time of Year

I have to admit, I am getting too old for Christmas.   This is still my favorite time of year; I just choose to sit back and enjoy it and not participate in much of the traditions. 

As a child I could not wait for Christmas morning, it was the most magical day of the year.  It was made magical by my parents who put up lights and decorated after Thanksgiving, but saved some of best stuff for Christmas Eve when little people were in bed.  The tree was decorated, but overnight it magically was covered with extra tinsel and adorned with candy canes.  Where did they come from?  The stockings were empty at bed time, but in the morning they were bursting with candy and other goodies.  The tree was lonely at night, in the morning there were dozens of presents wrapped and scattered around it. 

My brothers and I could not descend the stairs to see the magic without first waking mom and dad.  We shook them and serenaded them with “We Wish You A Merry Christmas.”  It always amazed me that they were not as excited as were we to see the magic.  The smell of coffee, pancakes and bacon for breakfast which always preceded any present opening, only added to the magic and the anticipation.

When I became the parent, I tried to carry out the same traditions and create the same magic.  I also learned why it was so hard to wake my parents up on those magical mornings…I don’t know about my parents, but I generally was still sleeping off a snootful of eggnog heavily laced with scotch.

Currently without children in the house I see no need to make the magic.  Mrs. C and I don’t even put up a tree or stockings.  I did suggest we put something green on the front door,

“You know, to keep the Jews from leaving a Christmas dreidel.

“You idiot, that’s Passover, it has nothing to do with Christmas, the Jews celebrate Chanukah and they don’t leave dreidels by doors without anything green!”

“Well we should put something green on the door anyway.”

“I agree, buy a wreath and hang it up…JERK!”

Merry Christmas everybody!

No matter how you worship, it is a magical time of the year.

20 comments:

  1. Have a blessed and beautiful Christmas, you and your whole family!

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  2. I'm at the sit back and enjoy the fruits-of-others-labors age too.
    Merry Christmas to you and your family.

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  3. Merry Christmas to you and Mrs. C, too. It's OK about the front door, which ever way you go.

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  4. I agree. Christmas is for the little ones. I have 4 gates to the street and I put up wreathes on them. That is my total Christmas decoration. My kind neighbor asked me if I wanted him to cut me a tree too, when he went out for theirs. I declined. I don't need the extra mess. Hahaha
    Happy Holidays to you and Mrs.

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  5. Wonderful memories from your growing up days :) It definitely is a magical time of the year!

    Merry Christmas!

    betty

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  6. Lol, Mrs. Cranky sounds just like my wife...

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  7. Merry Christmas Mr. Cranky. All the Christmas hoopla really is for the children. Like you, I love Christmas and I really like just sitting back and enjoying it.

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  8. The holiday does change when small children aren't around, but we do have a tree and try our best to maintain a holiday spirit. I hope you and Mrs. Cranky have a relaxing and rewarding holiday. Merry Christmas.

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  9. So THAT'S why you told me I could leave you a dreidel--look on your porch, Joe!!

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  10. That dreidel comment made me laugh out loud. Merry Christmas to you and Mrs. C, Joe!

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  11. Best to you and yours, Joe. Merry Christmas,
    Mike

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  12. You bring a smile to my face every time I come over. Enjoy your peace and quiet; you have earned it.

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  13. I love Christmas and all the traditions associated with it. I start listening to Christmas music shortly after Labor Day (secretly), and openly right after Halloween. We no longer have little kids around, but still put up a big tree and drive around looking at houses decorated all out for Christmas.

    Merry Christmas to you and Mrs. Cranky!

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  14. You are so right.No matter how we worship , Holiday time brings some kind of magic that makes us want to do good.

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  15. Merry Christmas, Joe! May the New Year find you abundantly aware of His blessings!

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  16. WHAT? Our front door itself is green. Perhaps that's why nobody has ever left us a dreidel. I learn something every day here. Merry Christmas to you, you cranky old JERK! And to Mrs. Cranky, too.

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