22.12.2015 | 14:06
I got a special holiday treat today – I got to meet one of my online buddies, whose parents live not too far from me.
It was so nice to be able to put a “real person” to a familiar name, and we enjoyed hanging out in each other’s company for a couple of hours.
On the drive home, we got the chance to hear some of our favorite holiday tunes on the satellite radio.
I admit, nothing puts me in the holiday spirit like John Denver and the Muppets….
Best. Christmas. Album. Ever.
(I’m not the biggest John Denver fan, but when he joined with Kermit & Co., it was sheer holiday magic….)
Debra and I will spend Christmas day with the folks, exchanging gifts and … maybe not drinking hot tea, since we’re expecting unseasonably warm temperatures for the holiday – 70 or thereabouts!!
I’ve lived in North Carolina for most of the past 40+ years, and it’s been a long time since we’ve seen it this warm this time of year….
Not only that, but we’re in the mountains now, which is normally significantly cooler than the rest of the state.
I do remember meeting my dad to go to a movie one year on my birthday (which is in mid-December), and taking my lightweight blazer off and rolling up the sleeves of my light cotton button-down shirt….
And one year at the beach, we were able to walk barefoot in the sand on the Winter Solstice….
Hmm, yeah, okay, that last one wasn’t too many years ago, now that I think of it.
But Christmas itself hasn’t been overly warm in a long, long time, I don’t think.
I actually don’t mind it – I’m not one for roasting a turkey in the oven, or having a holiday feast (whether it’s Roast Beast carved by the Grinch himself or a vegetarian lasagna) with all the traditional trimmings, so I don’t really care what the temperature is – but some people don’t think it’s Christmas without snow, hats and gloves, and frigid temps.
Heck, Down Under they’re probably hoping for surfboards under the tree….
I’d rather see examples of genuine holiday spirit than snow….
I’d rather hear of real-world Peace on Earth than the wind blowing through the bare tree branches….
I’d rather feel love and goodwill than a crackling fire….
All of those “seasonal signals” are great – and I don’t mind snow, cold winds and roaring fires – but they don’t define “Christmas” or the holidays for me.
The Spirit of Christmas is something intangible and undefinable, and I can enjoy Christmas wherever I am – and I’ve spent it in Maine and Florida, and several points in between.
I still enjoyed the sights and sounds of Christmas when I was a practicing Pagan.
In any event, wherever you are, whatever the weather, I wish you the very best of whatever the holiday season means to you, whatever winter holidays you celebrate (or don’t celebrate).
Although I guess I really should confess that I actually really do dislike cold winds….