There is no doubt I have my doubts about Christmas. It's a holiday I don't get. If you look at it with the completely rational mindset of a child who grew up in an unhappy family and who remembers the holiday as a set battle between angry parents it's little wonder I have never much got into the spirit of the occasion. They look at me with disdain and call me Scrooge when I express my doubts about Christmas.
I like Thanksgiving and the Fourth of July, robust straightforward calls for celebration but Christmas is a weird holiday that makes no sense. Don't get me started on the Easter bunny and chickens to celebrate the Resurrection of the Savior because that mess is beyond the pale, but yule logs and pine trees at Christmas confuse me almost as much. I can't seem to get my focus correct on this very out of kilter holiday:
I like the burst of decorative effects and I am a sucker for goodwill to all men (and women) but I cannot for the life of me understand the ancillary requirements of the holiday. Why pine trees? Christ was born in a manger in Palestine, a desert land with date palms and olive trees. Ice and snow are the decorative accents people strive for at this time of year, though why you might desire electric icicles to adorn your home I cannot fathom. I can't get them in focus considering I like to live frost free, I prefer it in fact.
Father Christmas- that's a complete enigma, a saint they say named for a King of Bohemia. Why? Because he took gifts through the snow to one hungry family one year. Or something like that.
I raised my puzzlement to my colleagues who took me to task from one end of the dispatch center to the other. It's not a rational holiday they said, sit back and eat chocolate they insisted, enjoy the decorations they ordered. Which put me in my place. Still that little voice querying the details is still there whispering and wondering. Why is Christmas in winter. Why did they have to adopt the solstice as the time to celebrate and be cold and dark? Christmas in Key West is as close as I have ever got to enjoying Christmas in summer and it is quite enjoyable. Lots of lights and decorations even though we still get almost twelve hours of sunlight a day at this wintery time of year.