The seed may admittedly been planted for this post by a combination of factors, most notably being the cashier at our local movie theater suddenly starting to give me a Senior discount in the last few weeks without my asking for it…or from my claiming to be a Senior.
Anyway…let’s give Christmas a proper send-off shall we?
First off…farewell until next year for Christmas music. I know it is a passionate, love/hate thing for a lot of folks. Some people work in retail or restaurants and have to listen to the same rotation of a dozen songs for five weeks. That would likely make you prefer a root canal. Others have the opportunity to throttle Christmas music in and out of their daily routines as desired. But love it or hate it…it’s with us. I happen to love it from Thanksgiving until New Year’s Day…in moderation, of course.
One of my favorite analytics sites is FiveThirtyEight. They use numbers and math to locate trends and make projections and predictions on just about anything…including politics. Well worth a visit.
They recently published an article called “The Most-Covered Christmas Songs Ever.” The column consists of three lists – one ranks the most-covered Christmas songs of all-time along with the year they were each released – another lists the most used Christmas songs in movie soundtracks – the third ranks the most-streamed Christmas songs on Spotify at a certain point into this Holiday. If you’re into Christmas music on any level you should check these lists out. You may even find a song or two…or three…you’ve never heard and wind up adding it to your collection.
I also found on FiveThirtyEight an article titled “The Charlie Brown Christmas Special Dancers You Most Want To Party With.” They have snippets featuring each one of the kids in the beloved Special on stage dancing to “Linus And Lucy” with comments by two of their columnists as to…based on their animated, animation dance moves…who would be the most fun to hang with at any party. A cute column worthy for any Charlie Brown/Peanuts fan to check out. I’m not going to spoil the fun of finding out for yourself who was determined to be the kid judged most likely to best liven up a gathering.
As far as that whole “Senior at the cinema” thing that got me thinking about mortality…which is what I’ve been led to believe one does when it becomes apparent you are closer to the end of your days than you’d like to admit. While that sounds a tad morbid for this time of year let me explain within such thought lays – I think – a grand opportunity to re-appreciate life.
I am not a “Doctor Who” expert in any way. I have only seen, say, twenty episodes or so. However I did recently watch binge-watch the TV series’ Christmas episodes…including one called “Last Christmas.”
The concept of “Last Christmas” (not restricted to this episode at all – it is a Who-ism) poses the notion people get together at Christmas because there is always the chance it might be the last time they do so. Christmas is a special, magical moment in our lives, one often consisting of emotional reunions with people we love and cherish. There is often a Sleigh-ful of memories that pour out of each of us from prior Christmases that accompany these gatherings.
I saw a commercial just last night for AT & T which does not “get” Christmas at all. The narrator said AT & T knows the best kind of Holiday is the one where everyone gets what they wished for.
The best kind of Holiday is the one where everyone appreciates and cherishes what they already have…who they already have…and who gave us all life in the first place.
I did not easily “shake off” this concept of Last Christmas. I do vow to tell my wife how much she means to me every single day as I will family members and friends. I know. It sounds like one of those well-intentioned New Year’s Resolutions that by mid-January will have literally flown out the window and be long gone.
The thing is…after reflecting on the concept of Last Christmas I’ve become more determined to get to…Next Christmas. I admit I can’t manipulate and travel through time like Doctor Who. But regardless…I will strive to keep in mind 1 Corinthians 13 where it speaks of love.
Love never fails. It never fades out…or becomes obsolete…or comes to an end. And…isn’t Christmas…love?