Ready or not, here come the holidays
Reality is setting in as the temperatures drop. It’s the holiday season! First came Thanksgiving and then comes Christmas, followed by New Year’s that usually ushers in the frigid weather. Not looking forward to that at all.
Several years ago, I cut a clip out of the paper that I thought was interesting. It was titled “Golden Rules for Living,” by Miriam Hamilton Keare. And I’m sure that since they’ve already been printed, she won’t mind if I share them with my readers.
It includes 12 rules that go like this: If you open it, close it. If you turn it on, turn it off. If you unlock it, lock it up. If you break it, admit it. If you can’t fix it, call in someone who can. If you borrow it, return it. If you value it, take care of it. If you make a mess, clean it up. If you move it, put it back. If it belongs to someone else, get permission to use it. If you kon’t know how to operate it, leave it alone. And last, but not least. If it’s none of your business, don’t ask questions. I know a lot of folks that could take heed of that last one.
And I’m sure that if everyone follows those recommendations, that guy in the big red suit (Santa) will be watching and will be very generous to everyone this Christmas.
And with the mention of Christmas, that is exactly what Dec. 25 is, and I refuse to call it anything else. To all those politically correct people who insist on saying “Happy Holidays,” I will come back with, “Merry Christmas” or “Happy New Year,” whichever one it happens to be. And if anyone is offended by that, all I have to say is, “Too bad, so sad.” It was Christmas and New Year’s long before the PC police came on the scene. And as long as I’m breathing, in my mind, it will continue to be that.
I’m trying to leave the Packers alone this week, but it’s difficult. One reason is that this is written before the Sunday evening game, due to early deadlines for the paper because of Thanksgiving. And the Packers will do whatever they do. But I hope the team shows some real effort.
And then next week is another night game, only it’s on Monday night. Whatever time they play, it’s going to be a long season before it’s over and done with. All I know is that the team didn’t play up to preseason expectations. In my opinion, it needs an overhaul, but then what do I know? And I’m sure the Packers’ decision-makers could care less.
I hope your Thanksgiving was good and that everyone has a great holiday season with a Merry Christmas.
Barb Ludlow is a former Kewaunee County reporter. Email her at [email protected].
This article originally appeared on Green Bay Press Gazette: Ready or not, here come the holidays