Every year, it seems, we find ourselves saying, “It just doesn’t seem like Christmas,” or “I can’t believe it’s Christmas already.”
Well, such is the case this year, but with good reason.
Because of the crazy weather of the past two weeks, we haven’t had a Christmas parade, a lot of church Christmas programs have been postponed, some until after Christmas, Christmas parties and dinners were canceled. Anchor Club hasn’t crowned Miss Merry Christmas yet, the Chamber of Commerce didn’t have a Friday Night Frolic and didn’t name Little Miss and Master Merry Christmas that they normally do prior to the parade. Storefront decorations and residential Christmas lighting displays will be judged before Christmas, but are yet to be announced.
And, the way Christmas falls on the calendar this year doesn’t help either. With the 25th being on Wednesday, here at the Herald we are preparing our Christmas Edition with greeting ads, etc., for this week’s newspaper that will be published almost a week before Christmas. Next week’s paper will come out the day after Christmas.
Adding to that, the fact that Christmas falls in the middle of the week means lots of folk will only have one day – Wednesday, Christmas Day – off for the holiday. Families who travel any distance for the holidays will likely be celebrating on one of the weekends, and family gatherings will likely be fragmented, depending on work schedules and travel arrangements. Then, too, one must also consider the weather forecast. The way this winter season has started off, we may all see our holiday plans rearranged.
With the heavy snow, cold temperatures and extended period of icy roads, students at Ava and some other area schools did not return to classes until Tuesday this week. Take 12 days out of the schedule (eight school days and the weekends) and there’s hardly time to prepare programs and school activities that would normally set the mood of the holidays.
Look at the calendar. Do you know what Saturday is? The first day of winter! Can you believe it?
I’ve polled a few people, and no one can remember missing eight days of school for snow prior to Christmas. There have been years when schools were closed the entire month of January, and my mother, who taught for 40 years, remembers going to school only four days in March because of an early spring (or late winter) episode of snow.
We’ve had snow on Halloween and we’ve missed school for snow in April, but this early December storm that affected two consecutive weekends and portions of three calendar weeks, is most unusual.
With all that said, don’t expect the Snoop to be transformed to Scrooge. We’re going to make the best of the situation and celebrate Christmas all the same.
On this Tuesday morning the sun is shining, the snow is melting, and the weather man is promising us a few more days of mild temperatures and clear skies. Yes, there is more weather on its way, but we’ll deal with that when it gets here.
In the meantime, this is the season to celebrate the birth of the Christ Child, the Savior, the Messiah – the one who distinguishes the Christian faith as the foundation we stand on and the principles upon which our nation was founded. It doesn’t matter if we have a white Christmas or it’s 60 and sunny. Whether Dec. 25 falls on Wednesday or Sunday, we will rejoice in “the Reason for the Season.”