Can you feel the bubbling up of Christmas cheer. It is in the heartfelt greetings from familiar folk and the genuine smiles of strangers. Part of me would like it to happen every day but then I think it might lose it’s sparkle and warmth.
I remember as a child walking down the main street of our little town at Christmas. Almost everyone we met was someone we knew and we would call each other by name and extend a Christmas greeting. The older men would tip their hats to the ladies and children would linger anxiously while friends stopped to chat. It was different when you knew everyone but even when you don’t the feeling of joy extended to one another remains.
I began to feel it today when I gave Christmas greetings to the young people on my bus who wouldn’t be with us tomorrow. I don’t care if you call it the feeling of Christmas or the Joy of the Season but it is alive and well and I like it.
I’m not sure how I would describe the feeling of Christmas to someone who has never experienced it. I think it might be the warmth of a fire on a cold night, mixed with the feel of cold snowflakes on your eyelashes. There is a dash of nostalgia which is like nutmeg on eggnog. Somewhere in the background are fond memories which melt joyfully like shortbread in our mouths and a hint of cloves hovers over the toothache like pain of not having loved ones near.
As you walk through the stores and drive down the road take that sweet taste of the season with you and share it. It will be gone all too soon.