1. For most of us, that means getting a live (or just recently live) Christmas Tree. Also, for most of us, we’ve completed this task days or weeks ago. Everyone has their own traditions about this part of the holiday preparations. 

    When I was growing up, we would go to City Park in my home town on my mother’s birthday, December 5th. There, the Kiwanis Club sold Christmas trees next to the softball field. They were all Scotch Pines—fat, dense trees with seemingly deadly needles just waiting to print tiny, red, prickly spots all over our arms. But the piney smell was intoxicating and immediately put us all in the holiday spirit. 

    After bringing it home and placing it in the little metal tree stand (Daddy’s job), we began to decorate it. Most of our older glass ornaments had been broken over the years from us toddlers attempting to climb to the top, so, many of them transitioned to plastic or the obligatory homemade decorations. The lights were the old school screw-in, multicolored bulbs, though one year, they were all red at Mama’s request. And the entire tree was practically coated in those thin, metallic strands of tinsel called “icicles”. My older sister, Ann, and my mom insisted they be placed one at a time on each branch. My younger sister, Jane, preferred the clumping technique and I leaned toward the more impressionist style of throwing them and letting them land in any random place, which sometimes meant on the adjacent furniture. 

    The tree stayed up until January 2nd and the house went back to normal—except for the new toys strewn around the floors of our bedrooms. 

    These days, the lifelike noble fir comes out of the box and gets assembled on Thanksgiving weekend. Every year has a new theme for the decorations and lights (this year is “Water”). We enjoy the tree through all of the month of December and it doesn’t come down until January 6—The Feast of the Epiphany, AKA, Three Kings Day, AKA, Twelfth Night or “The Twelfth Day of Christmas.” For me growing up in Louisiana, this day marked the beginning a gradual build-up of parties and celebrations culminating on Fat Tuesday—Mardi Gras. It’s a four-day state holiday weekend back home. The next day is Ash Wednesday and since moving to Cincinnati, that means Lenten Friday fish fries. And, of course, this all ends on Easter Sunday. 

    When I think about it, from the day that I set up the Christmas tree (and even before when I include Thanksgiving), the festivities continue well into spring as we start to celebrate the rebirth of the season and in more religious terms, a spiritual and literal rebirth as well. 

    We can take this holiday as new starting point. Celebrate with our families, friends and neighbors. Spread joy and cheer and happiness and love. And continue to honor each other everyday. So that when this season is passed and the decorations are all put away, let us keep the spirit of Christmas EVER GREEN in our hearts throughout the year. 

    Happy Holidays to all!

  2. Let’s keep Christ in Christmas.

    Christ is God…

    …and if you believe in God

    and you know God is everywhere,

    Then you know…

    God is here:  Merry Christmas

    …and here:  Happy Holidays

    …and here:  Season’s Greetings

    …and here:  Happy Hanukkah

    …and here:  Happy Kwanzaa

    …and here:

    Good morning,

    How are you?

    Happy Birthday!

    I love you.

    I LOVE YOU.

    LOVE.

    He is in all that

    you say

    and do

    and see

    and think

    and feel.

    So…

    When we say

    "Happy Holidays"

    Know this…

    We’re not leaving out Christ.

    We’re inviting in…

    Everyone.

    HAPPY HOLIDAYS, EVERYONE!

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