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I’ll have a “red” Christmas, thank you. (standard:humor, 895 words)
Author: GodspenmanAdded: Dec 09 2012Views/Reads: 1057/691Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)
The Christmas holiday season is always ablaze with beautiful colors. I find it hard to be gloomy or grumpy this time of the year. I must confess, not everybody belongs to this “Holiday Cheer Club.” It is an exclusive club but open to anybody who is tired
 



The Christmas holiday season is always ablaze with beautiful colors. I
find it hard to be gloomy or grumpy this time of the year. I must 
confess, not everybody belongs to this “Holiday Cheer Club.” It is an 
exclusive club but open to anybody who is tired of being grumpy. 

Colors abound throughout the season and the Christmas songs highlight
this. “I'm dreaming of a white Christmas.” “I'll have a blue Christmas 
without you.” “Rudolph the red nose reindeer.” 

Oh, the wonderful colors of Christmas. 

One of the most obvious colors of Christmas is green. Right at the
center of this Christmas holiday is the Christmas tree decked from top 
to bottom in beautiful colors and lights. Nothing says Christmas quite 
like an old-fashioned Christmas tree. 

My thoughts along this line are, let the grumps and grouches complain
about the Christmas tree. For myself, I will look with admiring wonder 
at the beauty of the Christmas tree. 

Then of course, who could forget good old Santa Claus dressed in his red
suit. I never could figure out why Santa's suit was always red. 
Throughout the years, I never gave it too much thought and assumed it 
was a fashion statement from the North Pole. 

I had some time this week to do a little rummaging through my old
thought gallery. For the most part, we only celebrate Christmas once a 
year. I think Charles Dickens had it right with old Mr. Scrooge, after 
his conversion, celebrating Christmas every day of the year. I wonder 
what kind of world this would be if all of us would celebrate Christmas 
every day of the year? 

If I were president of the United States, I would enact a law that would
set aside one year to be a year of celebrating Christmas all 365 days. 
I think I would only have to do it once and nobody would want to go 
back to the old grumpy times of celebrating it only one time out of the 
year. 

I was thinking about this the other night when the Gracious Mistress of
the Parsonage jarred me back to reality. 

“Have you,” she queried most seriously, “finished with your Christmas
shopping?” 

Christmas shopping! I had forgotten about it. I know we celebrate
Christmas every year but I sometimes get so caught up with celebrating 
Christmas I forget about buying Christmas presents. After all, that 
Christmas tree would be somewhat naked if there were not Christmas 
presents to litter around the bottom. 

I had to look at my wife and say, “No, I haven't even started.” 

By the time the dust of that thought settled I had to ask her, “How many
Christmas presents do I have to buy?” 

“Silly boy,” she said with a chuckle that could compete with good old
Santa Claus any day of the week, “you got to buy Christmas presents for 
everybody in our family.” Then she chuckled some more just to set that 
thought into my cranium. 

Everybody in our family? Now I am beginning to see red. 

Santa's red suit has nothing to do with a North Pole fashion statement;
it has everything to do with my financial statement. 

I got a piece of paper and together my wife and I jotted down all of the
members in our family. A few members I wanted to veto, but my wife 
vetoed my veto. By the time we were done, I would have to purchase 
Christmas presents for hundreds and hundreds of family members. Boy, 
did I see red! 

At the beginning of the month of December, my checkbook is in the black,
but each day of the month the black begins to fade into expanding 
shades of red. By the time the 24th of the month comes around my 
checkbook is a solid, brilliant, scarlet red. 


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