No one, even Scrooge, can rightfully claim that the Christmas holidays are not the most wonderful time of the year.
The two-week break from school, Santa’s visit, and running around with pockets bulging with apples, oranges, tangerines and other holiday goodies made it so.
Remember the old fashioned rockhard candy that came in a variety of flavors and colors?
Many youngsters ran happily around the neighborhood with candy-filled mouths, looking like they had the mumps or a big plug of chew tobacco.
It was the most wonderful time of the year, especially to be among the little people.
The neighborhood kids all boasted about what Santa had brought them because they had been so good, but most of us knew better.
Yes, it was a most wonderful time of the year to enjoy the goodies of the day, and the two week break from school — one week before and one week after Christmas.
But, it always brought to dreaded thought that it all would end and there were five more months of school before the three months summer break.
The reminder that all of the goodies of the season would soon end was also there.
It was a harsh lesson in learning that with all good there is also some bad. It is the reality of preparing for the adult world.
Santa and his helpers do not work just one day a year. They work hard every day so that little people can be happy and grow into adults and then make other little people happy.
What a wonderful transition the season provides.
No one can rightfully snub their nose when we all say Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year.
It is that and also brings the most wonderful thoughts of the year.
Like hot coffee and a fireplace, warm hearts, a quiet snowfall, the feeling of accomplishment, and knowing if there was anything at all you could change, it would be nothing.
Maybe some did not get what they wanted, but hopefully they got what they needed.
It takes a while for some to learn that in order to get, one must first learn to give.
What better time of the year than Christmas to return the most sacred gift of them all?
Do yourself a favor during this new year and sit down for a short period of time and read the short story by O. Henry, “The Gift of the Magi.”
A blessed year ahead for each of you.
William Holloman is a staff writer for the Mount Olive Tribune. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.