I’ve Missed Christmas Music

How many hundreds of times have you heard ‘Jingle Bells’, or Elvis promising ‘I’ll be Home for Christmas’?

How many thousands of times have you wished Christmas trees didn’t get in your way as you shopped for a set of towels in October.

Yep, it’s that time of year, and our ears and eyes remind us we need to get busy. It’s time to rush. It’s time to bake. It’s time to plan. It’s time to BUY. 

Maybe I’m more sensitive about it this year since last year’s season of giving was spent in a fearful vacuum of isolation, fearing the only gift I would give or receive was life-threatening Covid-19.

But this year all bets are off, and I’m not limited to spending my time watching sappy holiday movies on Netflix, and sharing my glass of eggnog with my doglets while I order gifts online. 

I feel free to once again walk into a store (of course my face covered with a mask), and finger sweaters, coats, toys, appliances. My hands can once again caress the skin of a sweet potato, my eyes can relish a decorative angel I don’t need but have to take home and hang on my Christmas tree. My ears vibrate with ‘Rudolph the Red-Nose Reindeer’ and ‘White Christmas’ following me around the mall.

And surprise, surprise, I don’t do the hundred-yard dash out the automatic doors careening through crowds of possible disease carriers, screaming fanatically to get away from all the overdone holiday promotions.

No, instead I smile, and greet Christmas spending like an old friend I haven’t seen since high school graduation 40 years ago.

Bing Crosby’s voice fills my soul with recognition. Fake pine trees awaken memories of past Christmas’, and my pocket book eagerly releases my credit card as my debt climbs to new heights.

Oh, the joy of hearing that wonderful music once again as I stroll the aisles. Oh, the beauty of plastic nativity scenes. And yes, I will take home a large turkey with the hope I can share a magnificent Christmas meal with family and friends without sharing Covid.

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