Christmas ‘Tis the Season

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By Cindy Argiento

It’s the time of year when Christmas decorations are displayed in store windows, Christmas music is being played, and our thoughts turn to Christmas.

Families bake cookies together, decorate Christmas trees, and travel to be with loved ones for the holidays. Parents stay up to the wee hours of the night putting together a “some assembly required” gift, just to see the sheer joy on their child’s face in the morning.

When I was a child I loved Christmas and everything about it. I loved the trips to Radio City Music Hall and then Rockefeller Center to see the Christmas tree. Christmas music didn’t play in my house until Santa Claus made his debut at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Christmas cookies were baked Christmas Eve and practically devoured by the end of Christmas Day. Like most children, my favorite holiday was Christmas.

I have found that as we get older, Christmas comes to have a different meaning. You no longer have the excited anticipation of waiting to watch your favorite show. Today with DVDs, you can watch your holiday favorite show whenever you like. You can watch “The Grinch” starting in October and every week until Christmas. After all, ‘tis the season!

October now is usually the time of year department stores begin to display their Christmas decorations. Christmas decorations go up before the Halloween decorations come down. After all, ‘tis the season!

Hoping for a profitable season, stores slash prices, open their doors early or stay open 24 hours a day. People line up outside store doors and storm through once they open. People get trampled and fight with the person who cuts in front of them in line. Every year there is a new, must-have toy that should be under every child’s tree to make their Christmas truly merry. Parking spaces are argued over, because, hey, ‘tis the season!

People do many things to ensure themselves of a festive holiday season. Everyone wants the picture-perfect family Christmas we see in movies. We strive to achieve the Norman Rockwell image. So, we decorate trees and houses, bake cookies and send out cards. We listen to music and attend holiday parties – even the ones we really don’t want to. We shop for and wrap presents. We exchange gifts and hope the person who has everything likes theirs. We sit down to a big family dinner and eat too much. After all, ‘tis the season!

The day after we stop the music, throw away scraps of wrapping paper and toss the tree to the curb. Some of us stand in line to return or exchange gifts, to buy Christmas cards or paper for next year. After all, ‘tis the season!

Christmas is for children and we all want to guarantee ours a happy one. It’s only fitting that Christmas started with a child, a child born to Mary and Joseph.

After all, ’tis the reason for the season.

Cindy Argiento is a freelance writer. She is a public speaker for her book “Deal With Life’s Stress With ‘A Little Humor.’“ To contact her or to book her for your next event, go to cargiento@nullaol.com

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