As we’re planted firmly between Thanksgiving and Christmas I find myself wondering why it takes this season to be thankful, warm, friendly, loving, forgiving and joyous. As I write this it sounds like the stereotypically sappy Holiday column; but to me it’s so much more.
These are tough times for many of us.
We still have too many unemployed, we’re dealing with a crippling health care law, crimes that used to shock us are now commonplace, our only social interactions are on smartphones and social networks and the TV shows in our homes in the evening have zombies eating the living and just about every kind of on-screen sex, violence and language you can imagine; and some you can’t imagine and seeing war visually like never before.
The one thing we should be able to count on is the unconditional love and interaction with family and friends. But for so many today that interaction only comes to fruition these two short months every year.
I consider myself so lucky. For the better part of 39 years I have had not only my own family but one of the closest knit families I know; Kathy’s family. We just had one of the first Thanksgivings as one big family we have enjoyed in a long while and it was magnificent!
We were in a small Northeastern Mississippi town, Aberdeen, as we were joined by not only relatives who live there but also from Denver. Even though the family is scattered across America, the bonds, love and camaraderie transcends just the Holiday get-together. As I said, we are blessed.
But how many of you, your family, friends or acquaintances put on a front for dinner or present exchanges and then it’s right back to business as usual for the rest of the year? I suggest it’s far too many. People also tend to be kind to, and do things for strangers because of the “spirit” of the Holidays. Then after the bird is carved and consumed and the tree is down we don’t give them the time of day.
Yes whatever gets into us during this season paints a Norman Rockwell scene for many of us. What a wonderful life for us all if we could just bottle that spirit and go to that well year round. But we’d have to put the smartphone and remote control down long enough to make it happen!
Mike Scinto is a 37 year veteran talk show host serving locally, statewide and nationally behind the microphone. For the past dozen years he has authored this award-winning column. “Friend” Mike at http://www.facebook.com/mikescintoshow or visit http://mikescintocolumns.blogspot.com.