Tuesday, December 20, 2011

A Christmas Wish

Paris all aglow in its seasonal splendor from now until January 12, 2012.
Once again, I've convinced my darling friend, James, of the sublime (but currently suffering from erratic posting schedules) blog, Man of the 50s, to focus his uniquely James views on life and the holiday season, Christmas to be specific.


He came through -- as I knew he would -- in sparkly, spiky form proving once again that one can make a point without proselytizing or posturing. 

If you've had the misfortune (Ed. Note: I beg to disagree, if you have had the good fortune) to read my blog (Man of the 50s), you'll know that I am one of those individuals who seems to pine for "the good old days."


I really don't. I just think there are some things that didn't need to change. Frankly I'm tickled that personal hygiene has improved. Can you imagine a room warmed by a fireplace, filled with unwashed souls in wool clothes? Bah humbug indeed. Other than that I can see no reason to have the kind of Christmas we have today. 

No, this won't be a sermon on commercialism. I remember Thanksgiving, even if the Mall doesn't. Who in the name of all that is Christmas decided that the only thing Thanksgiving is good for is to be "Black Friday" eve? And what a name for the beginning of what should be a wonderful experience. Instead it has been turned into a competition that rivals NASCAR's "The Chase" with just as many wrecks and casualties. Oh drat I'm starting to sermonize, somebody stop me.

And no, I'm not going to rant about the reason for the season. That is for you to work out on your own.  If you think it's a reworked pagan festival and Christ was really born in mid-summer, OK. I feel sorry for you, but OK.

I guess my point is that however you choose to hold Christmas, it should start in your heart, that much has never changed. The ultimate moment is after the gift giving and merry making, you sit and bask in pure, undiluted love. If there are children in the room, well you know. 


So this is my Christmas wish to all: May you have that ultimate moment and may it last forever and a day. And for once, trust me, I know. 

13 comments:

Pam @ over50feeling40 said...

Perfect thoughts for this week...thanks to James! I hope you all can stop by my blog this week to see a touch of San Antonio during the holidays. I realize it is not Paris...but it does have its own European flair!

That's Not My Age said...

Thank you James for keeping it real!

kathy peck said...

Nicely said.

Blue Jeans Girl said...

Beautiful. Thank you.

French Girl in Seattle said...

I do not know you James, but enjoyed reading your letter. Thank you, and right back at you. Joyeux Noël, Veronique (French Girl in Seattle)

BigLittleWolf said...

Those moments of love. They truly are the best. Yes.

Lost in Provence said...

The best gift is always love. Thank you, James.

Lorrie said...

Thank you, James. Succinct and to the point.

sharon said...

beautifully put, and just what has been on my mind all week.
happy christmas to you James and of course to Tish to!

Carol said...

Beautifully said James.
It's good to be reminded that the spirit of Christmas is about the loving and sharing.

May you all have that very special type of Christmas

Elizabeth Eiffel said...

Bull's-eye!
Christmas is a time to think of others and to count our blessings.
May the peace and joy of Christmas bless us all and continue throughout 2012.

Dr. Pat Allen said...

Wonderful post James. I am in full throttle preparation of dinner for 14 tonight at 7pm in NYC. We will be two devout Episcopalians, two confirmed Episcopalians, four lapsed Roman Catholics, two Orthodox Jews, one Hindi who does not eat beef on Saturday (Christmas Eve is Saturday), one non practicing Jew and one blessed baby who is only 4 weeks old.
I doubt that we will have many wise men or kings dropping by but I am prepared for shepherds. All of the dinner guests will join us for midnight mass and love will be with us all.
Dr.Pat

Susan Tiner said...

James offers wise advice. It's been a few weeks now, we did have some of those moments of pure, undiluted love despite it being a busy and stressful time.

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