No one gets upset if you say “Merry Christmas” in our neighborhood. No one is offended if you don’t, either. It’s not that we don’t care about such things, it’s that we care enough to let folks be. We also do some pretty cool stuff around the holidays.
For example, someone has been doing some stealth decorating on a little pine growing in an empty patch of wooded lot on the side of the road. Each day, the little tree grows more festive. First a star, then some red garland and some icicles. last night someone added some battery operated lights, and today there’s a pile of ornaments on the ground at the base of the tree.
As it turns out, there is more than one “someone” involved. I surprised one of them when I stopped by to take a photo today. He confessed to placing the icicles on the tree, but wanted to give others the credit for everything else. “We just enjoy it,” he said. “Thanks for appreciating it
I do appreciate it! Not just for the holiday cheer, or the neighborhood beautification, but for the obvious joy of the effort. Folks care enough to do something good, and to do it anonymously.
That’s the real spirit of Christmas.