Once again we have free rein (correct usage, although “free reign” is so entrenched in our language that it too is considered correct) to choose our own topic. Today I want to go with some random observations I have been making lately. As I have written here, we enjoy the Advent season in our house and don’t go crazy with gifts, etc., and I feel this gives me some clarity in cutting through the craziness of the season. I am looking forward to our church Christmas pageant Sunday as well as Christmas Eve and Christmas Day services. This is all despite the extreme cold we have had lately and some auto troubles, particularly a dead car battery the other day. Here goes:
-The poem is called A Visit From St. Nicholas, not Twas The Night Before Christmas. Let’s get this right. The wiki article is interesting – I had no idea there was a controversy over authorship.
-We have had a lot of snow recently which is not always the case for December. I am appalled at some of the driving I have seen. Massachusetts people like to pride themselves on their ability to deal with the weather and their driving skills – talk to any Mass. person who has lived elsewhere and see what they think of drivers there. So, what has happened? Did we forget how to drive?
-I was driving the other day when one of the local high schools let out and noticed a crossing guard for high school students at an intersection that had crossing signals and a short distance between sidewalks. Do we really need a crossing guard for high school students, especially when there is a signal? We are a long ways away from the days of the pioneers.
-Now that Oldies 103 is gone, we listen to a station out of Rhode Island for Christmas music. It is nice hearing the classics, but it really seems like their playlist is on repeat every hour. On a recent trip to see my father in the Merrimack Valley area, we lost the signal and found a station that is NH based (I think). It was refreshing to hear different Christmas tunes. Of course, in the MP3 and streaming era it is hard to complain about this stuff – we can always make our own playlists.
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December 20th, 2013 by Fr. Greg