Seven days ’til the big day, if you’re a christian or if you celebrate Christmas. All that time we thought we had at the beginning of the month, where did it go?
Come to think of it, where did all the time go that we thought we had at the beginning of the year, the end of last years holiday season?
Let’s see if we can figure that out, shall we? Perhaps, like the undiagnosed ADHD that I lived with for 50 years, there are clues. Maybe, they too, are hiding in plan sight. Maybe they’re in Seasonal songs?
Well, that’s possible, what might distract us? How about getting distracted by some project like rolling snow up in big balls, stacking them up, decorating them and calling them snowmen and snowwomen? Yes, here’s the clue, “Frosty the Snowman!”
And of course you might be daydreaming about things, like “Sleigh bells ring, are you listening?” Yep, that would cause me to daydream.
And speaking of listening for sleigh bells in the snow, are you day – “Dreaming of a White Christmas?” I do that, but then again I remember hearing sleigh bells in the snow, for real.
You know, I still climb things without giving it a second thought. Well maybe I give it a second thought, but that thought is just as likely to be that I probably should not be doing what I’m going to do … ’cause, well, I don’t know, some reason someone told me once that I can’t remember right now cause I’m too busy climbing so why don’t you just leave me alone you pesky second thought you!
Is there a clue about climbing things in the music of the season? Let’s see. Yes, here it is, “Oh ho ho, who wouldn’t go, up on the roof top quick, quick, quick, down through the chimney with good St. Nick.”
And back to daydreaming for a moment, do you find yourself wishing good thoughts for the world, feeling warm and fuzzy and benevolent to your fellow people, ADDer and norman alike? There’s a song or two for that as well. How about “Joy to the World” or “We Wish You a Merry Christmas?” Yeah, those will do.
And of course there’s our wonderful humorous side. The other night at a restaurant our hostess seated us and told us our server’s name was Jenn and she’d be right with us. When Jenn arrived I asked her “Are you the spirit who’s coming was foretold to us?” Okay, that’s not quite standup comedy calibre of humor, but it made my dinner companion laugh and it made our server smile.
Is there a hint about this kind of time consumption in the musical archives of the holidays? Ha, yep.
In fact, down through the ages there have been lots of songs of a humorous bent for this time of year, “All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth,” “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus,” “Grandma Got Run Over By A Riendeer,” and so on. The list is long, longer than my list of Christmas wishes.
So why are we surprised that it’s nearly The Big Day of the holiday season? Well, next year maybe we won’t be. We hear songs telling us exactly why, for days in advance. Let’s just take it as a done deal that it’s coming up fast, like a stop sign at the end of a slippery road when you realize that the snow tires are still stacked neatly, back in your garage.
Let’s just accept it. We can’t do anything about it. It’s as done a deal as it can be.
My hope is that you won’t let it get you down. At least promise me you’ll try?
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Last reviewed: 18 Dec 2013