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Don't play the waiting game


Last updated 1/20/2020 at 4:44pm

We all know it. We all do it. Almost every day.

“No!” you say? Ha! Recently you and I waited for Santa Claus.

“No!” again? You’re joshing me! Have you forgotten him? Deleted Santa from your “friends” list?

Why, would you do such a naughty thing? OK. I know. Your computer crashed and hasn’t recovered its little “ones” and “zeros” yet.

“No!” a third time? Ahhh. Now I have it. You grew up.

Well, I have just one word for you: “Bal-der-dash!” with a capital “B” that rhymes with “me.” And Santa? I know him personally.

Every year, we share cookies and tea and have animated discussions about what’s up with humanity. Neither of us understands why mankind won’t celebrate Christmas all the time: the spirit, the joy, the love and good cheer; every day, every month, every year after year. Instead, they let the “waiting game” occupy them – and interfere.

Don’t they realize Christmas is a “state of mind” and not some prosaic day of the year?

Christmas reminds me to remember everyone and everything that makes me smile, laugh or sing; and when my toes begin to twitch – I dance to the music: ring-a-ding-swing! I stop. I look around, enjoying every sight and sound; smiling at critters large or small, crawling, flying, jumping up, falling down, splashing in every ocean and lake, wailing sounds only animals make.

And plants? They feed everyone, delighting our senses with flowers and air, to give us a break from the “waiting game” we might mistake for living.

And Santa? He embodies the spirit of Christmases past, present and future; reminding us to participate in the goodness, kindness and generosity that resides in us all while time rushes past. We all wait for a smile, for a laugh, for love, respect and the opportunity to share them back with others. So, never forget Santa Claus. After all, he is the Spirit of Christmas.

Happy holidays to everyone, everywhere, every day, every month, every year after year.

S.L. Schiefer


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