I love Christmas! I love the lights and the television specials and the decorations and the music. I love picking out the exact perfect gifts for friends and loved ones, Secret Santa at work, the Angel Tree at the mall.
When you love something so much, there’s the danger of being disappointed by unrealistic expectations. You envision the perfect holiday, like a Martha Stewart Christmas special, and what you get is more like the family in the Dropkick Murpys’ The Season’s Upon Us video.
But in spite of all the external trappings, Christmas is about love, about family and close friends, the kith and kin who know you better than anyone else does. It’s a great opportunity to express our appreciation for each other, to make right things that might have gone awry over the past year, and to extend grace and forgiveness. It might not be perfect, but it’s genuine.
And guess what? It’s probably not all that perfect at Martha’s house, either.
So I’m ushering in the Christmas season with my favorite jig-punk band as they put the ‘fun’ in dysfunctional in their hysterical ode to a family holiday. May you laugh, and, fingers crossed, may you not recognize too many of the characters.
Happy Saturday night!