Saturday, December 24, 2011

The Boys of the NYPD Choir were singing "Galway Bay"

I've got a feeling
This year's for me and you
So happy Christmas
I love you baby
I can see a better time
When all our dreams come true....


For you and yours, this simple man's simple wish (impossibly naive as it is) is that this Christmas brings you not simply merriment but joy and peace as well. Merriment is a fleeting thing. Sadly, far too often so is joy and so is peace. But the latter two have substance to them. There is meat on their bones. It gives them better staying power....or at the very least the possibility of same.

You need only turn on the news for an eyeblink or scan the headlines of a newspaper to be reminded of just how messed-up a place this planet can be. Joy and peace are not given. They are not bestowed upon us. They are earned. We must mork hard to attain them. My wish for you this Christmas is that you be surrounded by those you love and those who love you so that the collective strength necessary to achieve joy and peace is channeled through each of you - for all of you.

It is Christmas Eve. I stop for a moment this day to think not only of those whose lives ended at some point between last Christmas and this one and how hard this Christmas shall be for those who remained here in the wake of their passing. I hope that for them amidst what will be a difficult holiday there is an opportunity to come up for air long enough to not dwell upon the loss but instead to reflect upon the life. And I hope that gives them a reason to smile.

I think as well of those who have joined the cast of characters in the longest-running show on Earth since last Christmas. Margaret's niece Megan and her husband Adam had twins in January (although to hear Meg tell it you would think she did all the work!). They shall spend their first Christmas as "mom" and "dad" as their beautiful babies Halle and Nicholas make their maiden Yuletide voyage. My nephew Kelly just welcomed a new addition to his family earlier this Autumn and she will be part of the Christmas festivities for the first time and (if the pictures he shared from Thanksgiving are any indication) much doting and fawning over by her Grandpa. And I think as well of my long-time friend Dave and his wife Tessa who just three weeks ago celebrated the birth of their first child. I certainly hope that this Christmas shall be a joyous one for them and their son. Merry Christmas Indy.

Wherever you are, wherever you are going and with whomever you are sharing it, may Christmas bring you and yours that for which you wish. And if it could somehow include a win by the Giants this afternoon over the J-E-T-S, then all the better. And apropos of nothing, before you open a single present (be it tonight or tomorrow morning) say a prayer that yours were delivered by this guy....and not by this guy.

And for my bride, as we prepare to celebrate Christmas not with a couple of new arrivals but instead with a couple returnees who we miss very much. Merry Christmas Baby....

-AK

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