I was sitting in my office today.  I was alone as almost everyone else has taken off for the holiday.  I had  Pandora on Christmas music.  I listen to a lot of Baroque, Renaissance, medieval, celtic and new age music anyhow and that was the flavor of my Christmas music.  I also had Trans-Sibrian Railway and Manheim Steamroller.  I really enjoyed it. 


I like Church.  I don't mean the religion.  Or The Church. 


I like the Christmas Service Happy Music Smells & Bells Church.  I don't go anymore as I have better things to do at 10 PM Christmas Eve such as drinking wine and watching old movies. But I do like that Giddy Happy Christmas feeling.  It almost makes me want to believe but I just can't. 


I like Christmas movies. 

Christmas Story which while set in the 40's reminds me of my growing up.

Love Actually and I always cry buckets of tears at the end. 

Miracle on 34th St (the original). 


I like pies, cookies and fudge. 

I like Christmas trees and candles and stars. 


I don't believe any of the mythology behind it, but I enjoy the mythical peace and good will and I don't mind saying Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays or whatever. 


I just like Christmas for itself. 


I probably like it better because, except for the children, we do not exchange gifts. 

I do not send Christmas cards.

I don't go to church and I have no obligations except to please myself. 

I don't even go to Christmas parties. 


So I get to do the stuff I like and I ignore the rest and can have a totaly lovely Christmas without Christ. 

It has a lot to do with nostalgia and at my age I think I am allowed a certain amount.



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Comment by Gaytor on December 23, 2010 at 1:42pm
I'm not nostalgic. I hate the music but I don't like listening to hardly any old music even back into my teens. I just like new music. I kinda like the lights. Don't like getting, or giving, or shopping for gifts, except to kids because they will almost always be honestly happy. But I enjoy getting together with the wider family and hearing the stories of their year. During the summer when we get together, there are volleyball games, people coming and going, and you never get to just share and talk with everyone. Christmas seems to be that time when we all just sit down with a drink, quietly at home, the kids are all happy, and we just talk. Christmas Day with the siblings and parents feels a bit like the old days except the TV doesn't weight 200 lbs. I enjoy that... for one day a year at least.
Comment by Amy Fry on December 25, 2010 at 1:50pm
Loved and agreed with every word you wrote. Christmas has always appealed to my artistic senses and emotions. Perhaps a bit Pollyanna but I don't remember having a bad Christmas. The year my dad and grandmother died was a bit more introspective but I focused even more on those still in my life.


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