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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!!

As no one will read this long post on facebook, it seemed wise to repeat myself:

While I agree with much that people have posted on the usurpation of Thanksgiving, I note that we are in a time in which the lyrics of this song are most germane:
Mame:
Haul out the holly; 
Put up the tree before my spirit falls again. 
Fill up the stocking, 
I may be rushing things, 
but deck the halls again now. 
For we need a little Christmas 
Right this very minute, 
Candles in the window, 
Carols at the spinet. 
Yes, we need a little Christmas 
Right this very minute. 
It hasn't snowed a single flurry, 
But Santa, dear, we're in a hurry; 
So climb down the chimney; 
Put up the brightest string of lights I've ever seen. 
Slice up the fruitcake 
It's time we hung some tinsel on that evergreen bough. 
For I've grown a little leaner, 
Grown a little colder, 
Grown a little sadder, 
Grown a little older, 

All: 
And I need a little angel 
Sitting on my shoulder, 
Need a little Christmas now.



And so, I've noted, my neighbors have rushed the decor into their yards and onto their houses--think of this seasonal rush as the equivalent of the Busby Berkeley musicals in their time. Everything its due celebration but in times of stress we reach out for the nearest reason to be happy, to be entranced, to be reminded of what it is to see the world as the wonder it is.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!

5 comments:

  1. Happy Thanksgiving! I need your reminders lately--they're much appreciated.

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  2. Happy Thanksgiving, Steven! I feel much the same way about how Thanksgiving, for some, has expanded into a several-day holiday. We so rarely stop rushing about to pause and enjoy a few days off...

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  3. Happy Thanksgiving Steven. A timely/untimely reminder. As Meister Eckard (sp?) wrote, "If the only prayer we ever prayed was 'Thank you' then it was sufficent."

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  4. Steven,

    Happy Thanksgiving!

    A time to relax and step back and perhaps drop out, at least for a few hours.

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  5. Lovely sentiment--I've found myself rushing Christmas a little bit this year, too, and I think you're right about the reason why!

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