Family and Food

turkey” by Andrea Goh on Flickr.
I hate this music.

I don’t know what’s worse, pretending I feel nostalgic about top 40s from over 40s years ago or talking about something I don’t care about.

Both are present during the holiday season.

The midnight snoring and grinding teeth keep me up as everyone finds a place to sleep in my parents crowded post-retirement home. The first one up starts the rounds of coffee that fuel the day — at least until everyone moves on to alcoholic drinks.

Cheesy movies and the same music year after year are the recipe for gift giving and forced smiles. Opening presents and seeing excitement and confusion as people realize what that person got them.

Unfortunately, it all ends too quickly.

There is real magic in the spirit of Christmas. Breaking the ice and creating memories with family that haven’t been seen in years. Remembering the time we accidentally threw out a gift that was lost in the mess of wrapping paper — Or the time Santa forgot a bag of gifts in the basement.

Whatever the recipe, there is a meal of love over the holiday airwaves. A toast to those who are missed and champagne for the new members of our growing family.

Beyond the tidal wave of cynicism and Christmas guilt, it’s a season of love and remembrance that we can share year after year.

If only for a week or two.
Written by John Bauer of Comatose.


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