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An Ode to Christmas

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‘Twas a few days before Christmas

And all through the land

Holiday music was playing

Via radio or live band

The halls are not decked

No freaky elf on the shelf

Just me waiting for the Big Man,

Not Clarence, but Santa Claus, himself

I didn’t decorate this year

No lights red, green or bluish

It’s just that I’m lazy

Not that I’m Jewish

Since Santa’s a bit heavy

A change might be nice

Instead of cookies and milk

He’ll get steamed veggies and brown rice

The presents are wrapped

All with bows and stuff

Hopefully next month’s bills

Won’t be too rough

I sent my cards

To family and friends

This Florida weather is great

I hope it never ends

I’ll finish up now

I have a few things left to do

Merry Christmas to all

God bless most of you

Written by David A. Ufer

December 23, 2013 at 7:58 am

The Ghost of Christmas Past – Part One

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I know it’s only October but as I was driving home the other night, with the air conditioner blowing cool air at my face, I was reminded of Christmas when I was a kid. I was in a quiet, reflective mood and my mind drifted back to the celebrations at my grandparent‘s house.

Christmas started early for us kids as we would wake up to our overflowing stockings at the foot of our beds. After examining the goods that Santa literally laid at our feet, we would jump out of bed and not so quietly sneak downstairs to see what the jolly old elf put under the tree. We were never disappointed!

After opening our gifts and eating breakfast, we drove over to our grandparent’s house where we feasted on delicious holiday fare and spent the day laughing, singing and playing with our new toys with brothers, sisters and cousins. What a blast we all had!

By the time we had to go home, we were exhausted. We bundled up in our heavy coats, scarves and hats for the short ride home that seemed to last forever. The icy chill stabbed through our clothes and stung our faces all the way home. The car never seemed to heat up until we pulled into our driveway.

Looking back on those nights now, the cold chill on my face didn’t seem much different than the cool breeze provided by my car’s air conditioner.

Funny how one’s perspective changes over time.

Written by David A. Ufer

October 14, 2013 at 7:06 am

OK, so they were wrong….Merry Christmas!

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The Mayans obviously had a calendar from a very early version of Microsoft Windows (TM) because we are all still here and getting ready to celebrate Christmas once again. My shopping is finished and the eggnog is flowing; so please excuse any typos or grammatical errors in this entry.

The commercialism of the season seems to have lessened or maybe I just haven’t watched as much television this year. Whatever the reason, I’m hopeful that society as a whole is becoming less enamored with the materialistic reason and more in tune with the true spirit of the holiday.

There have been a multitude of reasons to question our faith this year but these are the times we need to lean even harder on it and turn to one another for solace, happiness and gratitude.

We all have His spirit within us, so let it flow on Christmas day in remembrance of His birth and the life He sacrificed so that we may live to honor Him.

Merry Christmas to one and all!


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