Thanks For The Memories…! 31

As all of us are scrambling around to prepare for Christmas, we should stop and wonder what we’re doing before the true meaning of the holiday (at least one of them…) gets lost in the frantic attempt to make everything perfect…

Christmas is more than trimming the Christmas tree, decorating the house with balls and holly, shopping and marveling at the lights in the windows and in the streets, receiving Christmas cards through the mail or through the Internet, festive dinners with family and friends, snow in the yard, caroling, stockings hanging in the living room and shouts of “Merry Christmas” to those who pass us in the streets…what are we actually doing?

Whether or not you are religious…Christmas is about receiving and giving joy and about creating memories for all of us to cherish during our lifetimes. Stopping just long enough in our busy lives to engrave in our minds the images of these warm celebrations that we will store within us for weeks, months, and hopefully years to come. Bob Hope and Shirley Ross sang a song about memories entitled “Thanks For The Memories” which later became Bob Hope’s signature song and the song which Americans carried in their hearts throughout the decades of the 20th century and which is now just part of history…but Boy what memories! I think it’s fitting to hear this song again:


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