Don’t let the past steal your present.
This is the message of Christmas:
We are never alone.
Whew….. we made it.
December. The beginning of the wonter solstice, the month of Christmas, and the end of the year.
In Catholic tradition, December is the Month of the Advent of Christ. It is also National Egg Nog Month and National Fruit Cake Month as if we don;t already have enough “fruitcakes” in America. I was encouraged to see many major retailers pushing back against Black Thursday and forcing employees to work on Thanksgiving Day which should be reserved for spending time with families.
Say goodbye to the contentious year 2016.
Things are looking consoderably rosier than they were just a few weeks ago (Nov 8th). The Trump train has left the station and the president-elect is trying to convey an atmosphere of optimism and bi-partisanship by reaching out to his political enemies during the campoaign. Trump has named three women to his cabinet and continues to mystify his critics with cabinet appointment choices. Americans have more hope than they have had in a decade even if Black Friday sales fell flat.
I always feel at the end of the year that I am running out of time as I watch the clock run out and all those projects must be moved to the new year.
Also, since I turned the big 60 this year, I am coming to the realization that there are not that many Christmases left. The grand-nephews and nieces are getting big, sprouting like weeds.
Spending the remainder of the year working on projects, editing, doing what I can. I have 26 books in various stages of production and 2017 will be a BIG publishing year for me. Look for the following on Amazon:
* The Killing Of A Robin
* Nothing Personal – Just Business Darling
* Kun Lun
Summer 2017: Crooked Island (In the tradition of Stephen King’s Duma Key)
Here are some new projects:
* The Kona Winds
You can go to my website: http://www.kilburnhall.wordpress.com or my Facebook page to keep apprised of my latest book offerings.
Author Kilburn Hall often gets asked about the music that he mentions in his books. So here a list of some of the artists, songs, and CDs mentioned in his 27 novels. Enjoy. Listen to the music on Spotify.
I have to confess that I’ve never been a great fan of Christmas It’s mostly the rampant consumerism I object to, The Hallmark Xmas movies. Hallmark has a very narrow view of Xmas, as practiced by wealthy, spoiled, enabled people of white privilege. The homeless guy or poor black family to be pitied and helped by white privileged families. Makes me sick to my stomach. The retailers TV commercials are also in this vein, Middle Class families shopping at Target. Some years I can identify with the Grinch.
The Grinch: That’s what it’s all about, isn’t it? That’s what it’s always been *about*. Gifts, gifts…
gifts, gifts, gifts, gifts, gifts! You wanna know what happens to your gifts? They all come to me. In your garbage. You see what I’m saying? In your *garbage*. I could hang myself with all the bad Christmas neckties I found at the dump. And the avarice…
The Grinch: The avarice never ends! “I want golf clubs. I want diamonds. I want a pony so I can ride it twice, get bored and sell it to make glue.” Look, I don’t wanna make waves, but this *whole* Christmas season is…
The Grinch: …stupid, stupid, stupid!
The “true meaning of Christmas” is a phrase with a long history in American pop culture. It first appears in the mid-19th century, and is often given vaguely religious overtones, suggesting that the “true meaning of Christmas” is the celebration of the Nativity of Christ. But in pop culture usage, overt religious references are mostly avoided, and the “true meaning” is taken to be a sort of introspective and benevolent attitude as opposed to the commercialization of Christmas which has been lamented since at least the 1850s. The poem A Visit From St. Nicholas (1822) helped popularize the tradition of exchanging gifts, and seasonal Christmas shopping began to assume economic importance. Harriet Beecher Stowe criticizes the commercialization of Christmas in her story “Christmas; or, the Good Fairy”
“to give up one’s very self — to think only of others — how to bring the greatest happiness to others — that is the true meaning of Christmas”
The phrase is especially associated with Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol (1843), in which an old miser is taught the true meaning of Christmas by three ghostly visitors who review his past and foretell his future. The topic was taken up by satirists such as Stan Freberg and Tom Lehrer during the 1950s and eventually by the influential TV special A Charlie Brown Christmas, first aired in 1965 and repeated every year since. Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1957)
Then there’s the whole War on Christmas” thing used in the media to denote Christmas-related controversies, red cups at Starbucks, Happy Holidays used by retailers, removal of nativity scenes from city or church lawns has become an annual media event. any specific mention of the term “Christmas” or its religious aspects being increasingly censored, avoided, or discouraged by a number of advertisers, retailers, government (prominently schools), and other public and secular organizations. In the United States and Canada, where the use of the term “Holidays” is most prevalent, opponents have denounced its usage and avoidance of using the term “Christmas” as being politically correct.
So, to all of my many reader’s, Facebook friends, family, Good cheer, great hope and the best that the Christmas season has to offer for you and your family as you celebrate this time of togetherness. Merry Christmas!