The last few days before Christmas! Santa’s sleigh is in the shed for its scheduled maintenance check and going over. The reindeer are out on the training ground for their final pre-flight practice and run thru. Elves are working overtime finishing, polishing, prepping and wrapping. Mrs. Claus is busy in the kitchen keeping everyone fed and on their toes as the clock ticks down to Christmas Eve. Gallons of hot chocolate!
How are things going for you? In a rush to get ready? Shopping yet to be done? Gifts to wrap? Cookies and treats to be made? Final decorations and stockings to be hung? Things can get hectic this time of year.
I’m sure other folks my age remember the old-fashioned holiday window displays in the department store windows. New dolls and toys on display. Bicycles, BB Guns and Baseball Gloves. Red wagons. Teddy Bears. Model trains running thru tunnels, across bridges and round and round. Airplanes flying thru the air. Cold little noses pressed to the window glass to get the closest look. Wished-for presents and dreams just out of reach! Call me old-fashioned, but I miss these.
As a kid, the display windows seemed to make Christmas even more special. It was a highly anticipated trip all in itself to visit the department stores downtown at Christmas to see the display windows and visit with Santa Claus. Lunch out at the cafeteria nearby when home cooking was the norm and dining out reserved only for very special occasions. And the yearly trip to see the store windows and Santa Claus qualified as a very special occasion indeed!
I know you’re busy so won’t keep you. Just taking this opportunity to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and all the Joys, Happiness and Peace of the Holiday Season! Maybe you better go check the kids now. Looks like they are getting their own preparations in order! — Jim (and Red!)
Joyeux Noël ! ¡Feliz Navidad! Buon Natale! Frohe Weihnachten! Merry Christmas!