Merry Christmas From Unusual Things!

It’s that time of year once again.

Okay, so it has been for a while now. This post is probably a little late to comment on the “arrival” of the season, seeing as Christmas Eve is tomorrow, and Christmas Day—Well, it comes right after Christmas Eve. That’s kind of a given.

The season isn’t “coming.” It’s here. And I’ll be honest, it’s one of my favorite seasons. For a lot of reasons. Like hot chocolate. The wondrous drink known as eggnog (non-alcoholic, just to be clear). Upbeat music about finding happiness and joy in family, faith, or even just the most ordinary things (I mean, think about it, what other season gets music that urges us to look at the weather and enjoy it so wholeheartedly?).

But those are all … elements. Things. And to be fair, I can enjoy them any time of the year. So while they’re part the pieces that make up the Christmas holiday … they’re not Christmas itself. They’re not integral. They’re signs of Christmas. By-products.

Because Christmas is about more than just hot chocolate, pretty lights, music, or snow. Thankfully, since I don’t even have that last one at the moment. Or the lights. But I don’t have to, because Christmas isn’t about those things. They add to it, but only because we let it.

Christmas is built, not on those, but on something grander.

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Christmas Clamor

Okay, so it’s not too much of a “clamor,” really. More of just a general “busyness,” but I really wanted to get that alliteration in the title, you know?

Anyway …

So, this post is essentially the usual “information” post keeping you guys up to date. If it seems like I’ve been quiet, well … that’s because I have been. I’ve had family in town visiting for Christmas, and that’s taken a bit of precedence over my usual schedule.

Which is fine. I actually gave myself a lower-than-average quota to fulfill for the month of December. Something I did last year as well. I’ve learned.

Anyway, with where Christmas is falling this year, and with this being Monday, the usual posting day of the weekly Being a Better Writer post, I thought I’d deliver some quick updates for everyone.

First of all: There will be no Being a Better Writer today, nor will there be one next Monday. This doesn’t mean that there won’t be anything coming. Instead, you expect a Christmas message sometime this week to replace the missing BaBW post. Because it’s the season to focus on more important things. “More important things than writing?” you might ask? To which I’d say “Yes, they’re rare but they exist.

And yes, Star Wars: Rogue One (which I will see this Wednesday) happens to be one of those things.

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The Season

Today is December 21st. Four days until Christmas day.

I’ve thought a lot about what I wanted to write for today, and I do mean a lot. I had a lot of drafts that I went over in my mind, debated, discussed with myself, and eventually discarded. I even debated sitting down and writing this all out in advance. But … I never quite did. Instead I waited until this exact moment to write this out, because while I knew what I wanted to say, wasn’t sure how I wanted to say it, what method I wanted to use to present what’s taking this week’s place from Being a Better Writer. I spent a lot of time thinking over it, weighing the various things I could say, the topics I could tie in—and make no mistake, there were plenty of those this last year. More than anything else, now, I think the world needs the message that the celebration of Christmas reveres and brings once more. This last year has seen hatred piled upon hatred, vitriol on vitriol. The world at large … well, it wouldn’t have us think kind things, or even good things. The message from it has been that we must hate those that disagree with us, and revile against those who are different then us.

It’s sad. Now more than ever, I think, we need to remember what Christmas is truly about.

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