Monthly Archives: December 2013

NEW YEAR DREAMS

NEW YEAR DREAMS

I’m writing this on December 30 – exactly mid-way between Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Time to take a deep breath before rushing to those New Year’s Eve parties – If you aren’t rushing already. Americans, especially the ones involved in retail, are always rushing.

I’m picking a bit on retailers, because on Friday I was picking up photos, and had one of those moments when you accept the truth of what you already know is happening. There were large “dumps” of holiday merchandise ranging from half off to 75% reductions. (Next year they may pay the consumers to just take it out of the store.)

Anyway, in place of the holiday items there was a large display of fireworks, mostly firecrackers. [Sidebar: Spending time with neighbors and shooting firecrackers is a custom in Hawai`i. The firecrackers scare off bad luck – so we like to light ropes of firecrackers – up 1000. It used to be that at midnight on December 31, Honolulu looked and sounded like a city under attack. It was a bad event for anyone with breathing difficulties. Finally, county ordinances have begun to require a $25.00 permit per 5,000 firecrackers. This has reduced the explosions.]

Also on display were party hats and streamers. Grocery stores are advertising their party platters. People are making plans for New Year’s Eve. Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Solstice. Long forgotten in our rush into a fresh New Year.

This year, according to common “resolutions”, I will …. What? Stop Smoking? Exercise? Stop drinking coffee? – all very negative approaches to what may be positive changes. This year …. I will shoot the rapids? Climb Kilimanjaro? Spend more time with my family?

This year…this year…this year will be better than last year. This year I will be happy. This year I will have it all. Just spend New Year’s Eve with me. We’ll drink and light fire crackers. We will kiss at midnight and we will be happy.

Featured Image by John T. McCutcheon, 1905. US Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons

WHY SEND HOLIDAY CARDS?

WHY SEND HOLIDAY CARDS?

The year-end holiday season brings joy to children looking forward to school vacation and lots of “stuff.” Adults, drowning in a deluge of tasks, find joyful anticipation transforming into what I call “the season of eating and drinking” – all calorie free, of course. By this time, organized veterans of the season have put up… Continue Reading

SONGS OF THE SEASON

SONGS OF THE SEASON

For people who like to sing, the Christmas season provides ample opportunities. Many of us had our first experiences as children in nursery school pageants, singing our hearts out to an audience of long suffering parents waiting to see their personal child on the stage. The repertoire usually consisted ( and perhaps it still does)… Continue Reading

WHY IS THERE A TREE IN THE LIVING ROOM?

When I was a child – sometime during the first Roosevelt Administration – the annual Christmas Tree was a truly strange thing. All year my mother tenaciously swept anything resembling nature out of the house. Then, without warning, there was a tree in the living room, usually accompanied by muttering about having to pick up… Continue Reading

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