The holidays.

Every year Christmas seems to be coming earlier and earlier. This year the stores put the Christmas candy out practically side by side with the Halloween candy. I feel like a grumpy old man, but I like my Christmas season to start AFTER Thanksgiving, like it is supposed to.

Even though we’re already well into December, I just haven’t really felt in the mood this year. I’ve cut back on presents, I elected to skip decorating the house this year, and for weeks now I’ve been changing the radio station every time they dare play a Christmas carol.

Last night, driving home after knit night, this started playing on the local radio station:

Suddenly I turned the volume up. I could imagine myself in a concert hall with a full orchestra, a conductor gesturing wildly.  I’m not much of a fan of classic instrumental music, but in this piece I could FEEL the movements and I actually got a little choked up. Something about this song – it’s movement, it’s purity – it just felt magic. I can’t explain it. And suddenly I was in the mood. To be with my family, to turn on the lights and eat the traditional foods and celebrate the holidays.

So from me to you – Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and a Happy and Healthy 2014!


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