December is always a busy month for me. It is difficult scheduling all I want to do during the Christmas month. It is a time for visiting family and friends, listening to seasonal music, attending Christmas functions, and generally sharing the joy. Why? It’s Christmas!
I look forward to visiting friends I sometimes do not see except this time of year. Next week I plan to meet some “old” friends at a special restaurant for dinner, fellowship, and exchange Christmas socks. Yep, socks. It is a tradition. Other people meet to exchange cookies that reflect the holiday. Others have a family reunion with a pot luck meal and swap homemade Christmas ornaments. Seasonal traditions really enhance the Christmas spirit. What a wonderful time of year!
I only made it to one Christmas parade this year, but that one was a treat. Catching candy being thrown from floats was like a sporting event for all of the kids and even some adults. One little guy next to me grabbed a piece that hit the ground and excitedly shouted, “Mama, Mama this is my favorite candy!” Shortly after that, the little guy could not control his excitement as he exclaimed, “Santa! Mama there’s Santa Claus!” Christmastime is coming!
This year’s Covered Bridge Players holiday contribution to the community was “Christmas Belles.” The Community Arts Council of Blount County’s holiday play was “A Christmas Carol.” Each play featured local talent. A Christmas play is a great way to get the holiday season started, especially if “The Nutcracker” ballet fails to make the “to do” list.
The movies with a Christmas theme are always a must see. This year I watched the funny movie “Elf” at the Alabama Theater in Birmingham. In years past it was “It’s a Wonderful Life” and “Miracle on 34th Street” on the big screen. There is plenty of Christmas programing shown only during the month of December to watch.
The holiday music that seems to be everywhere puts me in the Christmas spirit. It is really nice to see church pews filled to capacity on the Sunday the choir presents their Christmas program. It is really cool to hear the music of Christmas while walking the streets of Oneonta’s business district. I always try to have on my “to do” list a presentation of Handel’s “Messiah” by a really large choir hopefully accompanied by an orchestra. THAT IS Christmas spirit!
Just like Thanksgiving, I use this time to count my blessings and remind others to do the same. It is a time to help those who do not feel the holiday season is a time of joy and thanksgiving. A kind outreach may not solve the problem, but it may help someone forget about it for a while. This is the time Christians share the Gospel of Jesus Christ and Jews celebrate Hanukkah – the Festival of Lights. It is a time for peace, love, and joy. Be kind. It’s Christmas. “God bless us, everyone!”