Hanukkah 2011 and Christmas 2011.
Welcome, holiday season!
Wait, why am I saying welcome? The holiday season has been here for a while now, hasn’t it? At least, Christmas has. Heck, the commercials have been here since October. And, I’ve been eating other peoples’ holiday cookies and goodies since just after Thanksgiving.
But yes, ’tis the season of getting and the season of giving. I’m never sure which is more important to the masses this month. I know so many people right now who are getting some nice things for themselves. Let’s see…there’s two new TVs, a new car, 3 new phones.
And a partridge in a pear tree….
I know a few people who have a new lease on life, some making new starts, some closing old business some opening up something new. All kinds! All walks of life!
There’s new jobs out there, and I think there’s a new pet in the mix somewhere, but I could be wrong.
Yup. The holiday season is in full swing!
What’s new with you this December?
The other day, I had an interesting episode in the building where I work. I got in the elevator — just moi, nobody in particular. And in stepped another guy. Nobody in particular. There we were. Just two guys in an elevator going down 10 floors. No clue the other existed until that moment, and probably only about to share 20 seconds of life…two seconds per floor.
In the peopled solitude of the elevator, drifting out of the speakers in the elevator, was Burl Ives’ “Holly Jolly Christmas.”
I’m telling you, it was weird. The guy was looking one way. I was looking the other. Life was life. Work was work. We both had that awkward elevator-busy going on.
And there was Mr. Burl Ives and “Holly Jolly Christmas.”
Ever see Twin Peaks?
So, in the spirit of the season, I reached out and say to the guy, “Boy, this is kinda surreal, isn’t it?”
He smiled. I smiled. The song played on.
In the lobby, we exchanged pleasantries and another smile. I wished him a good day, he wished me a good day.
Nothing came of it. I haven’t seen him again. It’s a big building, after all.
But you know? Something nice happened there. Two guys shared a holiday season exchange. No one witnessed it. Heck, I didn’t even really think about it again until now. But you know? It was nice. And it cost nothing.
I’m not really sure why I’m sharing all of this with you. You probably could care less. In fact, I’m not really sure what it has to do with Christmas and Hanukkah 2011. All I know is that thinking about it now makes me smile.
TVs, cars, phones, and pets are great. They are!
But this holiday season? Well, it’s the connection with the stranger that has really brought a smile to my face.
So, from me (a nobody stranger) and Burl Ives (a somebody who always has a Holly Jolly time), have a Holly Jolly Christmas and a Happy Healthy Hanukkah.
And whatever you do, smile!