Holidays?

Warren Domke

Columnist

You almost expect me to say “Bah, humbug,” but I don’t really get bad vibrations from holidays. In fact, I enjoy most of them. It was a long time ago, but I sort of remember my first Christmas holidays. I was a little kid with a baby sister. I don’t remember what she got—dolls, probably—but I got a really great electric train and a kaleidoscope in the shape of a press camera that I had for years after that. And I got cars and trucks and all sorts of great toys. (I hated getting clothes, though.)

And all I had to do was sit on Santa’s lap in a downtown Chicago department store (probably Marshall Field’s) and tell him what I wanted and—voila!! It showed up under my Christmas tree. Years later I learned my mom and dad and grandpa and other relatives were really the ones who saw to it I got those gifts, but I really got to like Christmas and I liked Santa a lot.

The other big holiday that got me presents was my birthday, and I was disappointed when I learned that was my own holiday, not one everybody on the planet celebrated. (But I still liked having my own personal holiday.)

As I grew up, I learned all about other holidays. Halloween, Thanksgiving, Easter, the Fourth of July and lots more. It seemed just about every time of the year had holidays.

Halloween is a fun holiday. We can wear costumes and act funny and get candy. The candy vendors love it. So do the people who make costumes. Thanksgiving is a great holiday, isn’t it?  Lots of food; family. (Some of my kids will chime in “football.”)  But we have lots to be thankful for.  Do we need a holiday to be thankful? I think we can be thankful every day.

Christmas? A wonderful holiday that even reminds us of Jesus Christ, but do we need a holiday to remember Him?  Of course not! I remember Him every day.

What I am trying to say is that we can be happy or unhappy pretty much whenever we want to be.  We don’t need holidays to be joyful. Holidays can help remind us why we should be joyful or to realize that life is full of things to celebrate. And we can enjoy seasons whatever they may be, but we can do that with or without holidays. So let’s just enjoy every day!

To everyone: “Happy (fill in the blank)!” (Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s, Hannukah, Easter.) Take your pick, but just be happy–it’s easier than many of us think. And holidays make a good reminder of why we can be happy.

Enjoy them, and keep on enjoying life. Life is worth celebrating.

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