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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…

… which brings a groan from the deepest depths of my soul. I’m not holly jolly Christmas type. The hustle and bustle part of this season can put me in a funk. I used to wonder about that, but now I think it might be because I already have all I want for Christmas.

I do look forward to my own little family’s one Christmas tradition that isn’t pillaged by the outside world: Our Christmas Eve dinner of duck served with a changing assortment of side dishes and always a cordial glass worth of wine for the almost-of-age among us. It’s a time for us to slow down and reflect and love each other, and for each of us it’s become our favorite part of the holiday.

This is an amazing band from Cincinnati- Over The Rhine. This song is for those of us who dread the holidays but have learned how to live through them by creating our own traditions and finding our own way to be happy. Sing it, sister.

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    2. Jim Klein December 17th, 2010 9:02 am

      >>>but now I think it might be because I already have all I want for Christmas.

      See, Teri…I told you I wasn’t making assumptions! I just have a keen eye, that’s all. Merry Christmas!

    3. Don Reedy December 17th, 2010 10:01 am

      Merry Christmas Teri.

      Loved the band, and they know how to play the blues. But for me Christmas can never be blue. It’s the day that Christ was born. That was a game changer, whether you believe or not.

      Christmas can never be blue if the lyrics stop being All I want for Christmas, and start being All I GOT at Christmas.

      Cause what we got is what we needed, and what we continue to need. It’s why you know the love of your family and friends, and how you listen to and hear the “groaning of that precious soul of yours.”

      Merry Christmas to you, and to all of the Ohio that I knew as a boy and continue to keep close to my heart.

    4. Teri Lussier December 18th, 2010 5:03 am

      Merry Christmas, Jim.

    5. Teri Lussier December 18th, 2010 5:15 am

      I don’t really want to have a religious discussion, particularly around the holiday, but let’s say I believe in a Holy Spirit, and I find Easter to be a much more religious in nature and an extraordinary celebration of life. That’s the holiday that makes me joyous. Christmas has been taken over… Perhaps it’s my Ohio life, moving into the dark and cold days of Winter that make this a more melancholy holiday. Maybe it’s the multiple “celebrations” I’m under some obligation to attend, just when I’d prefer to prepare for hibernation, but anyway….

      I don’t want to tell you how to celebrate, Don. I know plenty of people like me who’ve had quite enough of Christmas by the time Thanksgiving rolls around. Lucky for us, we have artists who can help us sing our own songs through this time.

      Merry Christmas, Don. All the blessings of the season in abundance to you and yours!

    6. Don Reedy December 19th, 2010 6:10 pm

      And Teri, many blessings to you as well. Artists we take under our wings do help us sing our own songs, and I can see that you have chosen well.

      By the way, do you sing? (Other than in the shower).

      Merry Christmas. I have abundance in many ways, not the least of which is the important and special part of my life that you inhabit.

    7. Teri Lussier December 19th, 2010 8:17 pm

      Don-

      You are such a sweet man. Thank you.

      I sing all the time. Much to the chagrin of those within earshot. :-D
      I’m prone to driving out of my way to find more deserted roads for the sole (soul) purpose of singing at the top of my lungs. It ain’t pleasant to hear but it’s great therapy.

    8. Mike December 24th, 2010 5:57 am

      I Loved the pop band, and they know how to play the blues. But for me Christmas can never be blue. Happy Chirsmas.