Merry Christmas to you and the people you love. Christmas (as I’ve often been told) is about tradition and the traditions we grew up with and share with our children. I’m also acutely aware that life is about change. It is always changing and evolving. Very few things in life remain the same. Even our beliefs over time are subject to some modification and perhaps even change.
So it is with this Christmas of 2013. For the first time in 66 years I did not celebrate Christmas Eve in the traditional sense. Normally that involves a lite dinner, Church, and presents with the family and kids. But life is after all about change. Your family grows up and older. People pass away and people intertwine their lives with another and pretty soon the traditions become blurred and obscure. New ones emerge but they too are fleeting and soon become more of a memory than reality.
Jeanne and I celebrated a very unusual Christmas this year. For the first time in the 37 years we have celebrated Christmas, we did it by ourselves. Not with a small dinner but with a roast beef complete with the trimmings. Not with church but with the watching of the marathon of “A Christmas Story”, not with our children and grand children, nor even the dogs (they are at the kennel) but by ourselves in our recliners looking at the Christmas tree with all the blinking lights and ornaments from Christmases past. With no anticipation or excitement about the wrapped gifts beneath the tree, they will be opened at a later time.
As I sat there in the dimly lit room and gazed at my life partner I thought to myself… “This is okay, life is about change and as long as we have each other we’ll face the changes that come with or without the traditions of years gone by.”
So I say again, Merry Christmas to you and the people you love. Hold them close and cherish them because you just never know. To my friends (whom I cherish) I say thank you for your friendship, it is a gift that I am unworthy of but I shall continue to strive to be so.
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