Sunday, December 25, 2016

"Christmas had come. Officially."

That's a line for the classic holiday comedy, "A Christmas Story."

It's the scene near the end of the movie when Ralphie and his brother are ripping through their presents. The narrator, the incomparable Jean Sheppard, describes it as, "We plunged into the cornucopia." Did you have that kind of Christmas when you were a kid? I'm lucky to say that I did. My parents didn't have a lot of money, but they made sure our stocking were full (even if those stocking stuffers included oranges, walnuts, and the occasional toothbrush). Presents aren't the best way to show love and affection, but they do make you feel special, don't they?

Even as a 45-year-old, I still love to tear into the gift wrapping. Even before that, I love just holding the present, feeling its weight, wondering what's inside... And perhaps wondering if this is one that Santa brought on his sleigh.

I hope your day was merry and bright, and that you got everything on your Christmas list. And if not, there's always next year! (But don't forget to check in the corner, behind the couch, maybe your Red Rider B-B Gun is waiting for you.)

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