Three Christmas Favorites

You may be one of the many people who are still frantically trying to find the perfect present for each and every loved one.  Christmas has a tendency to roll along, whether you’re prepared or not.  The trick is to avoid getting rolled over. 

There are many joys in the season, usually bound with the traditions we each carry with us year to year.  It may be watching your favorite Christmas movie; anything from Alastair Sim playing ‘Scrooge’ in glorious black and white to Michael Cain being enlightened by a band of Muppets.  There are those who love decorating their yards with lights and most who enjoy setting up a Christmas tree.  Some don’t feel they’ve ‘done’ Christmas unless they’ve heard Handel’s Messiah and others that wait all year to hear six white boomers racing across the Australian sky.  But whether you settle back with your favorite crooner or tune into ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’, it’s the familiarity of the thing that makes the tradition special.

Some of you may even have time to read!  I have three favorites for the season and can’t get through a season without dipping into them.  The original ‘A Christmas Carol’ is a wonderful read.  There are many fine movies but there’s still nothing like reading the story as Dickens first wrote it. 

For those who have youngsters, what can beat ‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas’?  Dr. Seuss wrote many popular books, but at Christmas time the Grinch knocks all the rest aside.  The illustrations of the sly and awful Grinch as he attempts to ruin everyone’s Christmas are nothing short of magical.  And who doesn’t need to be reminded that a lack of presents doesn’t ruin the real Christmas spirit?

And for those readers a little older there is Barbara Robinson’s ‘The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.’  I think it should be required reading for any poor soul who is roped into organizing their church pageant.  Of course they may not be saddled with the terrible Herdman children, but the humor and Christmas spirit positively glow in this story.  On a first reading, it’s hard to keep a dry eye.

So, have a happy holiday, a merry Christmas and enjoy your traditions, whatever they are.

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