The 100 Days of Christmas

Since the Christmas season seems to now officially begin on September 15th, the old standard carol “The Twelve Days of Christmas’ no longer applies. Although any song with the phrase “Lords a’ leaping” had probably run its course anyway. I don’t think the world has the attention span to absorb nearly 100 days of Christmas. Now, we all know someone who buys presents all year long and squirrels them away for the big day. So, I guess technically that would be 365 days of Christmas which, frankly, makes my head hurt. I have tried that approach and always forget where I hide everything and end up spending twice as much in the end. There is a Power Rangers DVD which has never resurfaced even after three years in exile. Don’t these people realize that Christmas is about the chase? The thrill of the hunt. The hustle and bustle of the holidays is a thing of beauty. Even Mary and Joseph were probably completely stressed out in the absence of a good plan. It certainly worked out for them( and subsequently all of us) in the end. There is something inherently sad about a decorated artificial Christmas tree one aisle over from the Halloween masks. Or selecting the Thanksgiving turkey while the grocery store pipes in “Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer.” Of course, that song deserves a diatribe all its own. But, once I snap the lid on the tupperware full of left-overs on Thanksgiving night, I fan out the Black Friday circulars and I am jolly indeed. Not even the tangled mess of lights that mysteriously stop working midway down the strand can dampen my enthusiasm. The rush of adrenaline that comes from finding the perfect present is a gift in and of itself.  And not only finding the gift, but managing to do so between the baking, wrapping, parties and decorating. I couldn’t sustain that kind of high for more than thirty days without a steady dose of some pretty potent eggnog. Yet, no matter when you begin your Christmas journey, it all still comes down to one day. One day full of tiny moments where the fruits of your labor are evident over and over again. And if it’s not so joyous? No worries, the return line forms to the right on the 101st day of Christmas–the 26th.


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