It’s been a long wait, but it’s finally here. Tonight’s the night we go on our annual trek to the mall to troll around without a care in the world, aside from possibly getting trampled and watch with a gleeful glint in our eyes the last minute Christmas shoppers in all their fury. It’s always Christmas Eve Eve because we spend Christmas Eve with Ariel’s family. Oh yeah, and after the troll-fest, we’re going to see Sherlock Holmes.
And then maybe off to White Castle for some gut rot sliders and a beer. Oh, no, that’s just in Indiana. They went and got themselves a liquor license and will be selling beer for $3 and $4 and wine for $4.50. I wonder if this will be a drive-thru item as well. Hmm, probably not.
So, it’s Christmas and in the spirit of good will, amid all the heartwarming stories of anonymous Secret Santas (including a young boy between 8 and 10 using his allowance) paying off peoples’ layaways, oftentimes at the eleventh hour to ensure some very lucky families can enjoy the holiday, there was the anonymous serviceman from the war in Afghanistan who pawned one of his two purple hearts because he’s fallen on hard times. The shop owner, Bryan VanDenBosch said he will not sell the award but will keep it in the case for when the military man is able to reclaim it.
Also, in the “spirit” of Christmas, it’s time for a special Christmas song.
Speaking of songs, you can now call up some music on your phone when you want a blast from the past. Just dial: 719-26-OATES (62837) and you’ll be Callin Oates to hear one of four Hall and Oates songs. But don’t come to me with your phone bill. I got my own troubles.
The only thing left to decide is which movie to watch for Christmas Day. Last year, we took our cue from Ellen DeGeneres and watched “Misery”. This year, I’m thinking something more Christmas-y like “Since You Went Away” starring Claudette Colbert and Shirley Temple. We’ll see. I also have a copy of “Saw” in my collection. We’ll play it by ear. Of course, “It’s A Wonderful Life” will be for Christmas Eve.
And, at the risk of being totally offensive, and really, isn’t that what Christmas is all about, especially when one wishes someone who is not of the Christian faith a Merry Christmas?–sheesh, can’t we all just get along?–I leave you with this final song that’s a favorite of ours and my sincerest wishes to you for a very Merry Christmas.
PS. David Ivins, the homeless man, is out of the hospital after his seizure at the police station and back in his room at a Belmar hotel, which is being provided free of charge by the owner.