The tree is about to go up at DaYouthGuy's house, the last presents are being prepared.
And the usual ranting about Christmas is well under way. The "Happy Holidays" rant, the "They've stolen Christmas" rant, all the usual suspects. I'm tempted to add a little rant of my own, mostly about how tired I am of the other rants. Instead let me offer this:
It's Christmas. Make of it what you will. Feel free to ignore those parts that don't work for you (really, any of them. To my friends and brothers and sisters of the atheist clan - revel in whatever brings you joy and ignore the rest. Seriously. I will not chide you or look askance. I only ask the same respect for my own choices. Same goes for everyone else. For God's sake (sorry atheists) relax and enjoy.) I intend to revel in the midnight mass at my home parish. Smells and bells, and a full choir and all the decorations. I will rejoice in the arrival of the Messiah and the miracle of it all. And I will wish a Merry Christmas to us all. God bless us everyone.
In the meantime I'm going to enjoy my favorite Christmas specials. I own a copy of just about all of them:
WKRP in Cincinnati Christmas episode - a great show about radio and a great riff on Dickens.
A Charlie Brown Christmas - If I only could have one this is it.
Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer - love it.
The Homecoming - Christmas with the Waltons. A truly classic Christmas story
How The Grinch Stole Christmas - animated original only, don't bring that other one 'round here.
Scrooge (A Christmas Carol) - The Alistair Sims version or the Mr. Magoo version both classics
White Christmas - yeah, only nominally a true Christmas story but I love it.
A Wish for Wings that Work - OK my natural weirdness bubbles up on this one. This is the Bloom County animated special. It's very hard to find but my most excellent brother got it for me.
Miracle on 34th Street - the original only thank you very much.