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I Christen The Christmas

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Just like last year, and always as I remember, Christmas has come and gone as though it never happened. As a child it seemed like you’d wait all year and when the glorious day finally came it was over in a matter of seconds. Now that I’m on the other side it seems like nanoseconds.

As a child the hardest part of Christmas is waiting, but as an adult all the effort to shop, buy, hide gifts, get hints, and spending all your time wondering if you labeled the gifts right far outweigh the troubles a child endures. Once all that hard work comes to pass, the moment is almost instantaneous. The paper flies off, the box is ripped open, a quick comment is made and then it’s on to the next one.

Sure the one that receives the gift may “light up” their face with a smile, but it almost doesn’t seem worth all the effort once all is said and done. Does that make me an Ebenezer Scrooge? What doesn’t anyone name their baby Ebenezer? I guess because of the negative connotation.

It just seems like a lot of waste, too many returns and too many lies. “Of course I love it, it’s a pink poodle sweater!” Then again, the alternative turns out to be so cold, the gift of money or gift card, (you know how your mother reacts) “That’s so impersonal, wouldn’t they like a brain-teaser puzzle?”

I haven’t even gotten to the part that Christmas, for some of us, feels like the only vacation we ever get from work, but instead of sleeping in and taking it easy, we’re putting up and taking down decorations, shopping and getting up at the crack of dawn to swim through wrapping paper to find the phone to get a call from an elderly relative who wants to talk for hours. Gosh, I sound like a real selfish, hateful person. Bah-humbug doesn’t even cover it.

It’s not that my heart is black, it’s that I don’t understand holidays. If you want to give a gift to someone why does it have to be on a certain day? Can’t I give you something whenever I want? Do you think it’s any less special on any other day? Add to that that the rest of the country is out doing the same thing at the same time. You’d think that would kind of ruin the moment for anyone.

I wonder if America took all the wrapping paper, after Christmas was over, and laid it end to end, in a 6″ wide strip how many times it would circle the earth?

Egg On!

Ramblin’ Rooster

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December 26, 2008 at 5:15 am