Christmas for one

Christmas eve is upon us. This year marks a first for me. Christmas 2009 marks my very first Christmas alone. This year my Parents are in Phoenix which means that I’m on my own. I’m simultaneously looking forward to it and am totally bummed out by it. The human capacity for feeling 2 entirely contrary emotions at the same time is truly fascinating.

Tonight I’ll be spending Christmas eve with Melissa, Joe and the kids. I’m feeling kinda blah though, so I have a feeling I’ll be leaving early. Christmas day I really don’t know what’s happening. It’s going to be an odd experience waking up in the morning and not having a stocking, or sitting with my family and passing out presents or watching A Christmas Carol with my dad after breakfast. I expect that I’ll just stay in and watch Christmas movies and specials. I think Foley is going to come over for a bit at some point. Hopefully Jared will swing by too. We shall see.

Anyway, enough of my Christmas whining. Let’s talk about Xmas specials!

I’m a total whore for Xmas specials. I have a shit ton of them. They’re all awesome, but to me the finest Christmas specials have to be the classic Rankin/Bass stop motion specials: Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, Santa Claus is coming to town, The Year without a Santa, The Little Drummer Boy, Nestor the long-eared Christmas Donkey, Rudolph’s Shiny New Year, Rudolph and Frosty’s Christmas in July, etc. They’re all solid gold.

But whatever happened to Xmas specials? You don’t see a lot of new specials making the rounds anymore. It’s probably that awful Grinch I like to call Political Correctness that has put an end to the Xmas special as we once knew it. You know what? I get it, not everyone is Christian. Guess what? I’m not Christian either, and guess what else? I still celebrate Xmas and love my Xmas specials.

You wanna know why Grinch? Because despite all the arguments you’ll hear about the holiday becoming nothing but pure commercialism or the notion that one must believe in Christ in order to take part in the holiday, I firmly believe that the real spirit of Christmas, if you’ll pardon the pun, is in how we treat each other and how we show each other how we feel.

I’m not gathering with my family on the morning of the 25th to remember the possible birth of the most popular of the glut of messiahs that happened to be floating around some 2000 years ago. No, I’m with my family and friends because they are the people I love and the people I am truly thankful to have in my life. And sure you shouldn’t need an occasion or reason to show these people how you feel, but that’s just not how the real world works. There’s too much going on all the time to treat every day like Xmas.

That’s why I celebrate Xmas. It’s the time of year when I get to take time out specifically to be with the people I love and show my affection for them. I don’t think that’s a bad thing. Christmas may have started out as a religious celebration, but I think for a lot of people it has evolved well beyond that. Whether you choose to use the day or not is a matter of personal choice.

For me, I’ll be celebrating Xmas like I do every year because I love the opportunity to sit back and truly appreciate the people in my life. If someone else is using the time to reflect on their Zombie savior, well, I hope they enjoy themselves too.

So how about it Grinch? Wanna let Xmas specials come back now please? Can you see past the religious roots of the holiday to what it has turned in to for a large number of people who don’t believe but still celebrate? Cuz that would be super.

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~ by Pagz on December 24, 2009.

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