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How To Get Into the Christmas Spirit

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It’s time for another incredibly useful and absolutely essential and indubitably indispensable how-to!

If you’ve had a twelvemonth anything like mine, Christmas has sneaked up on you this year. That day of merry-making, mistletoe, and gift-giving is only seven days away!! The radio has been attempting to drill that fact into my head for the past month, but I have successfully avoided that ploy by boycotting all stations that play, have played, or are planning to play the song “Christmas Shoes.” I have avoided decorating; I try not to do too much shopping, and the only movie I have been to was the midnight premiere of The Hobbit. In fact, due to my Grinch-like behavior, it seems that I have almost forgotten the holidays altogether!

To remedy this perilous situation, and to prevent my offending of the poor little Whos of Whovillle, I have determined to bring myself to have sympathy for those besot by the mood of the season.

With very little further delay, let us commence the how-toing of the getting intoing of the Christmas Spirit.

First of all, I have acquired for myself some music that both fits my tastes and the thematic setting of the world around me. A Christmas metal mix, a mix of Christian Indie artists singing Christmas carols, and a classic album from Relient K comprise the majority of my listening now. This seems to be making some headway.

I also decided that while I didn’t really want a full-sized conifer brought into our home to shed its joy and needles, a small table-top version would not be that terrible. The cheery little reminder of bright lights and ornaments (yet to be placed upon its boughs) sits and beckons our attention.

While I don’t like dressing in holiday apparel, perhaps you do. Good for you. Please don’t bring your reindeer antlers near me.

One thing I love about this time of year is that people seem incredibly inclined to cook sweet things. Throughout most of the year, cookies and brownies are about as special as the deserts get, but now that the 25th is rolling around, I’ve had cinnamon rolls and cakes and cookies and éclairs and candies and all kinds of stuff! (I do so love to eat.)

Finally, I looked at a book that’s been a bit too long neglected. Why, exactly, is the Bible one of the least prominent of decorations yet one of the most integral to the origins of the holiday? Perhaps, though, Christ’s Mass has become so only in name. True, hundreds of millions of people celebrate the holiday, but do they do so for the tradition or for the observance something more? In the US, it’s practically impossible to avoid the effects of the commercialization of Christmas, and it seems as though even the Christmas spirit has been commercialized. All that I listed above has nothing to do with Christ, yet this is His Mass, and I suppose we could give Him a bit more than a second-place seat to a fat old man with a troop of reindeer and a collection of midget slaves. So, isn’t there anyone who knows what Christmas is all about?

And if you’re not in the “Christmas Spirit” now, I’m afraid there’s no hope for you, Charlie Brown.

~XK

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You know that feeling of elation when you open the mailbox, look inside, and find a letter with your name on it? It’s that “Oh yay, someone does love me!” feeling that Charlie Brown of “The Peanuts” was always looking for. Unfortunately, he hardly ever received a letter, and often times, poor Chuck didn’t even get any mail. He would walk up to the mailbox, look inside, and find it empty. Or perhaps he did find something! His heart would leap with joy and he would reach inside, only to have a certain little beagle come by to claim his piece of mail. I think one of his friends might have had it figured out. Linus didn’t wait for affirmation from others, he just had his little blue blanket.

Perhaps you don’t feel that strong of an emotion at the sight of a letter addressed to you, but you do like to receive mail. You like to go out to your mailbox, scramble around the contents, and return with a handful  of whatever. I personally love to get any type of mail. I’ll read just about anything for any reason. I must say, credit card offers can be quite entertaining.

Now we’re in the digital age. Everything is being sent out from offices and read on home computers and smart phones. Just as I love getting mail, I also love getting emails. I’m a bit more picky about my emails than my physical mail, however. I get updates from a few blogs, Facebook notifications, website adverts from sites that I shop at, and much more. My favorite emails consist of those emails coming from WordPress stating that I have new comments on my blog.

Email is rather like Linus and his security blanket. It’s a nice, reliable medium that’s always there. Newegg will always send out emails with ads, there will always be people updating their blogs, and CNet will probably not slow down with their frantic editorial mailings until someone reminds them to check their spelling. You have to get the emails to get the jab.

So, what do you think about emails? Do you like getting lots of mail or would you rather have a nice, clean inbox with just personal mail every now and then?

Peace,
~XK