Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Wasn't It Just Christmas?

Someone sure got it right: There’s nothing that’s as over as Christmas. WLNP, “Your official Christmas station” went back to its usual format faster than you can turn off a light bulb. A few years ago, I happened to be in a department store The Day After and noticed Valentine’s Day cards already on display.

Talk about a guillotine coming down and severing the Christmas season from the rest of the year, what’s left of it. Zeeeeeuuuuu. Chunk. WLNP, “Your official Valentine station, all Valentine music, all the time.” Or something like that.

What distressed me, when I found out, was learning that the “across the country” New Year’s Eve celebrations on ABC or somewhere were actually taped in advance. That’s like learning there ain’t no Santy Claus.

So, we’re in the second day of Kwanzaa, a time of reflection for people of African heritage, and equally good for all of us. It ends on New Year’s Eve and is an excellent preparation for realistic resolutions for the new year. It’s a celebration of family, community and culture; the seven principles include Unity, Self-Determination, Collective Work and Responsibility, Cooperative Economics, Purpose, Creativity, Faith. Check it out at “”

Celebrate Christmas, reflect on ourselves and our community, then look forward to the new year; a good combination.


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