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Christmas Attitude Change

Christmas season always makes me unusually optimistic and sentimental.  It starts with the music, of course.  I mean, how can I not like the romantic feeling in "Let it Snow," "Please Come Home for Christmas," "All I Want for Christmas is You," "The Christmas Song,", and there's the unashamed emotionalism of "White Christmas," "Little Drummer Boy" (like many Christmas songs, "Little Drummer Boy" has been covered a zillion times.  My absolute favorite is the David Bowie/Bing Crosby duet). 

I like the politically oriented Christmas songs, like "Feed the World," or "War is Over," or Jethro Tull's "Christmas Song."

christmas-tree1Although I'm not particularly religious, and I'm certainly not churchy, I love the traditional Christmas hymns, like "O Holy Night," "Angels We Have Heard on High,"  and "We Three Kings."  They remind me of sitting in church when I was young, when the world felt more certain, and faith was unquestioned.  The religious songs remind me best of what I feel when I think about how I love my famliy.

I even like the twisted Christmas spirit gone horribly wrong in the Pogue's "A Fairytale of New York."

I like Chrismas lights.  I like snow.  I like people loaded down with wrapped presents.  I like the smell of pine in the house and scented candles.

I like that my wife loves Christmas and makes everything better with her enthusiasm.

I like that I get to read "A Child's Christmas in Wales" to high school students, and that I can share with them the beginning of Dicken's "A Christmas Carol."  Remember, "Marley was dead: to begin with."

I like the set of movies we watch for Christmas, The Holiday, While You Were Sleeping, Holiday Inn, The Muppets' Christmas Carol, Miracle on 34th Street (with this devastatingly sweet moment), The Last Holiday, and When Harry Met Sally, which isn't really Christmas oriented, but we watch it then anyway.

Well, you get the picture.  Thanksgiving to New Year's Eve is a great time of the year for me.