A Few Thoughts As We Begin December 2012

As we leave November and embrace December, there is a sense of wonderment in the air. December has a magical quality to it.

Fall finally gives way to Winter. Snow—the essential element of December graces those parts of the country where the niveous intruder is welcomed with open arms.

Snow transforms the landscape like old fashioned Christmas cards from Currier & Ives.  Norman Rockwell’s Saturday Evening Post Christmas covers beckon the viewers to a simpler time where life on main street was slow and relaxed at Christmastime.

Andy Williams reminded us that it’s the most wonderful time.  Sadly, he will not be among us this season to celebrate the parties. toasting marshmallows and carolers, but his legacy lives on for people to enjoy.

Holiday Inn and White Christmas bring us back to the musical heritage left by Irving Berlin. Bing Crosby’s singing White Christmas in both films was just as delicious as dark chocolate cocoa.

Frank Capra’s It’s A Wonderful Life in stark black and white showed what Christmas was all about in the small town of Bedford Falls.  When you hear a bell ring on the fir tree, you know someone just got their angel wings.

The Bishop’s Wife with Cary Grant as an angel, who came to earth to help a Bishop find the true meaning of life.  It was not to be found in building a great cathedral, but in the simple joys of family.

In December 2010 I posted the poem THE NOEL MYSTERY which I wrote for a Christmas program in Kentucky last century.  Christmas has magic as well as mystery for the searcher.

Take time with your family to draw images on the window panes touched by Jack Frost.   When you see Santa at the mall give him a smile.  It isn’t easy being a mall Santa.

For the bell ringers take a moment to say hello and deposit your pocket change or a few bills in the red kettle for those who will not be enjoying the blessings which you may have in your warm house, bountiful table and Victorian tree. Remember the generosity of Ebenezer Scrooge on that London Christmas morning.

Whatever December may mean to you and your family may this month be one of joy and peace.  May you live this Christmas season well.  May you thrive with blessings.

G. D. Williams       © 2012

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