Regular readers know that Real Reality strikes on Mondays and Thursdays. If you didn’t know that it doesn’t make you irregular. You just have to read more often. And/or more regularly. Anyway, for this to show up on a Wednesday you know it must be something special. Well, tomorrow is something special so that could make today special too. It certainly makes today down to the wire. (No race track analogies in 2015. Three in a row are plenty for any couple of years!)
Regular readers also know that in Realityville, Christmas Eve is not a shopping day. Christmas Eve has enough of its own tasks and charges. You have had plenty of shopping days going back to Black Friday Eve (aka Thanksgiving). Ask any major retailer. If you’re not done by now you are on your own. But don’t bother asking any major retailer. They lie.
Back to Christmas Eve. Don’t you have more Christmassy things to do today than shopping anyway?
There are Christmas Eve dinners to attend to. Is the most recognizable Christmas Eve dinner the Feast of the Seven Fishes? Perhaps so. An Italian tradition on a day that Italian Catholics abstain from meat, this vigil meal will be served in many households. In Eastern Europe, many cultures add a couple more meatless dishes to their Christmas Eve dinner to make nine or eleven choices. Russians prepare twelve selections of fish and grains. In Germany and Austria, Christmas Eve may be spent preparing carp, potatoes, and salads for dinner after sundown.
You’re not a big eater you say? Then you’ll probably spend today wrapping all the presents you carefully selected and bought with plenty of time to get under the tree before Christmas. Did you know that, television families with piles of beautifully wrapped presents under their trees weeks before the big day excepted, most holiday wrapping happens on Christmas Eve. Much of the gifts planned for destinations outside the home if not wrapped sometime on Christmas Eve, usually during cooking breaks, are wrapped the day before and sometimes the day of the planned giving.
If you happen to be reading this in Sweden you aren’t wrapping your gifts today. You’ll be unwrapping them since the day you exchange Christmas presents is today! That would be in Sweden and many other countries where the wrapping happened yesterday in anticipation of exchanging them on Christmas Eve.
In Australia where it’s nice and warm today, many people will be out caroling this evening. While singing they will light candles together hoping for a clear night that their light can join the stars.
And if your wrapping and cooking and eating and singing all get done early and you are still looking for something to do besides more shopping, today would be a good day to thank God for getting us all through another year.
Now that’s what we think. Really. How ‘bout you.