As I get older, it seems the joy of Christmas is dissipating. First of all, in our hurried and revved up times, it comes too soon. Think about it…doesn’t it seem like we just did this a few months ago? It’s all become so predictable and automatic…all the stress and expense is just getting to be too much. What to do? Well, I’ve decided there should be new rules for Christmas. These will help bring back the magic of the holiday while distancing us from some bad habits we’ve developed over the years. So, keep an open mind and think about the possibilities as I present to you, Ten New Rules for Christmas…
2. There is to be only one gift per person…this includes children. No more of this hour-long marathon of children opening a gazillion presents on Christmas morning. Kids in the 1800’s were lucky if they got a piece of candy for Christmas…and they thought it was great when they did.
5. Christmas cookies for every household. No family should be without cut-out cookies in holiday shapes with icing or those sparkling thingies. There should be an institution set up to make sure those who cannot bake, are delivered an ample supply of fresh Christmas cookies.
6. TV’s 24-hour movie marathon of Christmas Story will alternate each year with a 24-hour marathon showing of Charles Dickens’ Christmas Carol, preferably the version that features George C. Scott as Scrooge. Accompanying showings of The Polar Express must be included.
8. The concept of exchanging Christmas cards should be revived. Postage should be reduced to ten cents per card. This will encourage the exchange of old-fashioned sentiment and illustrate to the younger generation that a form of communication once existed before texting.
Okay, there they are—10 new rules for Christmas. Pretty basic, don’t you think? There’s not a bah-humbug among them. Now, let’s see if we can all work on this list and make it happen. Those who make a conscious effort will get an extra plate of Christmas cookies!