Michael’s Musings

I haven’t been out lately due to injury, but it hasn’t kept me from walking shorter distances. I don’t have a car so I don’t have many alternatives.
These shorter walks on my own have given me lots of time to think. It usually starts with something frustrating, like the commercialization of Christmas with carols playing non-stop. But it often turns to what I do like. What do I like about Christmas, and what are the carols that move me?  I have to admit I am limited to Christian carols from my upbringing (Silent Night), and secular tunes from the radio (Rudolph and Baby It’s Cold Outside).
Funnily enough, the Little Drummer Boy is one of my favourites. Partly because it’s about giving even when you have little to give, but equally because that gift is accepted with as much dignity as receiving gold and myrrh. I am moved to tears each time I hear it.

So amidst the tinsel laden glitz of the malls and the throngs of shoppers, I think the spirit of the season lies in the moments that bring tears to us. Tears of joy, tears of sadness, tears of community. And TPW is a community that helps me keep my sanity in the hustle and bustle of this season. Thank you community!

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