“It’s Christmas Eve. It’s-it’s the one night of the year when we all act a little nicer, we smile a little easier, we cheer a little more. For a couple of hours out of the whole year we are the people that we always hoped we would be.”
– Frank Cross 1988
Here’s a couple things about Christmas that I think about.
Christmas vocabulary. The English language has a lot words that you never have occasion to use. Like “logician.” Or “metallurgy.” So as your talking to your boss or your friends, drop some holiday lingo. Like “yuletide” or “boughs.” Throw a “yore” in there. “Parson Brown” if you really know what you’re doing.
I love the radio station that is broadcasting Christmas music 24/7. It’s the only time of the year you can hear the Jewish Elvis sing “O Holy Night.” Singing “Silver Bells” and “Winter Wonderland” along with Johnny Mathis forces you to happy. Try humming along to “Silver Bells” without smiling. You can’t do it. It’s like trying to smile when you look at the FICA deduction in your paycheck. Or watching reruns of “Chips.”
Does disco remind anyone else of the holidays? Back in 1978 Santa brought my sister the “Saturday Night Fever” and “Grease” soundtracks. So now anytime I hear disco, especially “How Deep Is Your Love” or “If I Can’t Have You” or “Disco Inferno,” I think of Santa and snow. It’s infected my whole perspective on the 70’s. Disco is cold. I swear Rudolph had a ‘fro and sideburns…
The best week of the year is the time between Christmas and New Year’s. It’s the only time of the year where you can show up for work and nobody, not a single person, expects you to do a damn thing. If I had the TV’s and the space, I’d set up Guitar Hero Rock Band, a Wii, and a huge flat screen gaming console dedicated to Call of Duty right in the office.
Last thing, because I still need to get Mom some stocking stuffers and shovel the driveway. And do it all with the girls. But it’s Christmas Eve so I’m hoping some of that magic will take hold of the nervous systems and keep them in check.
Best Christmas Gifts Ever:
Super Jock. Remember this guy? I do. Back in ’78 we had field goal kicking contests. Amazing.
Magnetic NFL Football. Santa brought this on Christmas Day 1977. The only downside was that it came with the teams that were in the last Super Bowl which meant that I got the Vikings and the Raiders. Which wasn’t so cool for a kid from Pittsburgh in the 70’s. But this thing, even though it was completely useless as a toy, just looked so cool. And you got to put the numbers on the players.
Stop Thief. This. Was. Awesome. The music that hand-held thing played when the thief got away was freaking excellent.