“So this is Christmas
And what have you done
Another year over
And a new one just begun”
– John Lennon, from “Happy Christmas”, 1971
Yes, Christmas is truly a time of reflection. It’s a time of joy, and also often one of stress. I had planned to have a full-blown seasonal column out last week, but things caught up with me—shopping, home preparations, functions, and parties. Even in retirement, everything seems to be compressed time-wise during the holidays. So, instead of a long-form epistle, how about a few random Christmas thoughts:
- Like all of us, I miss those loved ones who have gone before us, always, but especially at this time of year. For me, it goes all the way back to remembering how my parents were amazing keepers of Christmas. The good news is that we can cherish the memories of those who we miss, and enjoy all of our circle who are still present. Both of our boys will make it home by Christmas Eve, and all will be well.
- Pascagoula has never looked better around Christmastime, from the beautiful lighting in the downtown area to all the striking residential displays throughout the town. The season got off to a good start on December 3, when I had the honor of introducing our mayor, Jay Willis, at our annual lighting ceremony for the city Christmas tree. When I handed Jay the microphone, he immediately burst out into a terrific a cappella version of “It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas”. Now, how many cities have had their mayor do that?
- I considered doing an update on my column from a few years ago, “What Are The Ten Best Christmas Movies”. Maybe I’ll do that next year, but just understand that “It’s A Wonderful Life” will always be number one.
- Hey, maybe I need to eventually come up with a “Best Christmas Carols/Songs” column. I like so many of them, with my tastes ranging from “Please, Daddy, Don’t Get Drunk This Christmas” to “O, Holy Night” (early pick for #1).
Of course, even though it’s a bit of a cliché’, I have to say it—let’s remember the reason for the season. The birth of the Christ Child in Bethlehem shall always be what we honor most.
So, to all our readers of Our Mississippi Home, I wish you a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy—and Healthy– New Year. For now, let’s look back on all our great Christmases past, enjoy this year’s, and look forward to those Christmases yet to come.