Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat

Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat...
Please put a penny in the old man's hat!

Remember that? It's a scene of goodness and abundance and a plea to help those who are "less fortunate."

That seems to be a recurring theme around the holidays. It's too bad that food banks won't take home canned food or homemade bread. The alternative is to find someone who needs food and give it to them directly.

You'd think that with food stamps and soup kitchens, there wouldn't be many hungry people in the USA, but there are. If you can't find anyone to give to directly, you can always click to donate and that won't even cost you anything.

Still, if you canned and stocked up last summer, your pantry will be full of good things. Keep your eyes open; you just might find an opportunity to share. 'Tis the season, you know.


Ready for the end of the world?

12-12-12. December 21, 2012. Volcanoes. Earthquakes. Political "unrest."
Aliens landing. What else? And everyone intends to survive the "apocalypse." Don't you?

I do.

It will be nice to get past these next few weeks and reach Christmas all in one piece.

I'm getting ready for it regardless of doomsday stories. I don't know what else to do. I'm prepped as much as I probably will be so there's nothing left but to get ready in case nothing happens.

Just in case, you know. 


I will say Merry Christmas, too

I was in the waiting room at the doctor's office when a man came out, followed by the nurse. He turned to go and said, "Merry Christmas!" and then he said, "Some folks don't like that any more, but I will say Merry Christmas until I die."

I turned to look at the elderly man and he had a smile on his face. Time had worn deep crevices in his face and turned his hair white. He walked with a limp and his hands were misshapen, perhaps from work, but surely from arthritis, too.

I'm sure there were many things he could have complained about, but he was having none of that. He was determined to say "Merry Christmas" again and again.

And I will say "Merry Christmas," too.

Entering into the season, some of us have little money, some are without jobs altogether. Some of us have serious health problems or family problems. Some of us are stressed and pinched into a grinch-like stance.

All of us can say "Merry Christmas."

Will it offend someone? Maybe. Maybe what someone else does offends us. That's life. No one has the right to not be offended.

Merry Christmas. I'm going to make the most of it this year because who knows what next year will hold?