What Christmas Means To Me
Well, after over two months (maybe longer) of promoting, celebrating, buying gifts, attending parties, Christmas is here. And after 24 hours, it will be gone. Nothing left to do except return some of the gifts you received for whatever the reason, and using those gift cards before they expire.
Some years, I don't get much into the Christmas spirit, and some years I really do. Not sure why. Maybe it's just the events of the year leading up to the Christmas season that define my mood. Or I'm just becoming a grouchy old man. Hopefully not.
Either way, Christmas day usually turns out to be a good day for me. It starts at home exchanging gifts (quickly) and then on to visit my wife's sister for a couple hours. I feel bad leaving so quickly, but the final part of my Christmas day is a long one, traveling to spend time with my Mom and siblings.
It's about a 90 minute drive west on Route 17/I-86 where we all get together at my youngest brother's home. In all the years I've been on this planet, there never has been a Christmas where all five of us siblings have not been together. That's important to me, since I only see them two or three times a year.
It makes me sad to think that not every family gets to be that fortunate, so I really appreciate the fact that my family can be together on Christmas even if it's only for a few hours.
On the ride to visit my family, I have traditional Christmas music playing in the car to really get me in the spirit. OK, I will admit that one of the things that I listen to on the ride, is from The Carpenters' Christmas Portrait album. Don't judge. It's my tradition and it works for me.
And finally, I know I'm back home when I pass through Corning, NY and glance over at the nine story Corning Incorporated office building. It's a magnificent building with several office windows from the ninth floor to the third floor lit up spelling out the word - NOEL. As long as I can remember, they have done this every Christmas season.
When I see that display, I'm reminded of all my Christmases past, and how each one has been so special. Hopefully you have something similar that reminds you how special the season is.
Merry Christmas. I hope you have a great holiday season.