one last minute Christmas reflection

December 25th, 2008

I realized yesterday that my favorite Christmas songs were all written by men who don’t even celebrate the holiday – “There’s no place like home for the holidays” was written by Al Stillman (aka Al Silverman), “Let it snow!” by Sammy Cahn, and “Donde esta Santa Claus” by Guster. Although for us Christmas has very little religious significance, it is a time when we pause to soak in our families and reflect on all the things for which we are thankful. You might have guessed from my reading list and suggested movies that our focus is not on grandeur but instead on simply cherishing people we love, sharing what we have and trying to find simple ways to brighten the day/lives of people around us, so stories like the following really touch me.

NPR printed the transcript of John Henry Faulk’s Christmas Story, written in 1974, on their website. If you have anymore Christmas spirit left in you, it is a worthy read.