December requires an extra serving of patience and calmness and kindness.
- I drove through the downtown of our village. It seemed brighter than ever with new winter-inspired (snowflake) lights attached to each light standard and Evergreen trees, recently cut, decorated with balls and lights, and placed in front of each storefront. Positive.
- My partner attended our small city’s holiday parade on an unseasonably warm weekend. He said there were more people in town than he’d ever seen before. Positive.
- I passed the Walmart greeter four times in my efforts to return the wooden toilet seat. On those numerous passes, he wished me “Merry Christmas” only once. “Happy holidays,” “Have a good weekend,” and “Have a good day” substituted on the first, second and fourth opportunities. Mixed — perhaps tired of my comings and goings.
- The theme of our town’s holiday parade this year was Star Wars. Many of the locals found themselves wondering why our Chamber of Commerce used costumed Storm Troopers to lead the holiday extravaganza.
- The U.S. president, determined to return the nation to a style of Christmas he remembered, insisted on bringing the words “Merry Christmas” back into popularity. Some saw his efforts as trying to politicize the holiday, others saw them as insensitive because of the many who celebrate another holiday during December.
- And a friend said it makes him cry because there are families who overspend on children who never play with their multitude of toys and other families who can’t afford to purchase even one.
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Judy O Haselhoef, a social artist who writes and travels and author of “GIVE & TAKE: Doing Our Damnedest NOT to be Another Charity in Haiti,” blogs regularly at her website,www.JOHaselhoef.com.
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