*credit to John Lennon and Yoko Ono.
One of my favorite holiday songs. Particularly the line “and what have you done?”
Interestingly, Christmas isn’t my favorite holiday. Thanksgiving is. But, Christmas is when almost all the family gets together.
Tonight, three generations of my father’s side of the family gathered. The closest ones. The first cousins. Their children. Grandparents.
To me, watching the little ones smile is my favorite part. We don’t do presents much anymore at our level. We don’t need lots of “things” these days.
I prefer giving to getting now. And, I like to expand the giving in the days after the holidays.
So, I will head out to the food bank with all the extra items purchased for cookies and candy that wasn’t made. Things like butter, sugar, nuts. Add a stash of items like beans and rice and grains. Stop and pick up some “on sale” foods, now that the holiday is past. This is the time the food bank can use items. After that holiday rush of giving.
Plus, I will compensate for those new items we do get, like the scarves and sweaters. I will do another run through the drawers and the closets looking for warm clothing to add to the St. Vincent de Paul bin, down at Kendalls’ hardware store.
The holidays are special. Let’s keep the remainder of the year, and beyond, just as special.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!