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So, this is Christmas

December 20, 2013 - Nick Dutro
Christmas is just a few days away, and there is a lot to celebrate. Of course, there is the religious aspect of the holiday to remember, but this also is a time for friends and family to gather. It’s a time of tradition. For kids, it’s a time of getting gifts, as well as adults for that matter. And it’s a time filled with unique foods, potlucks and so many great desserts.

And while I’ve mentioned that I do not have the most Christmas spirit, I can say that I have a nostalgic holiday tradition that rises above the rest: Decembear.

Decembear (or “A Beary Merry Christmas”) is an fabric advent calendar with a stuffed teddy bear. It hung in my bedroom for many years as a child, up through my early adolescence. Like all good holiday traditions, it’s a thing you don’t often think about until that time of year. Like the ornaments that bring back a flood of memories every time you see them, the foods and the smells, and those feelings you get when you give a thoughtful gift to someone you love. It’s in those moments that Christmas lives.

Part of the reason I like Decembear is the message he sends. Each day when you move the teddy to the next bit of velcro by which he is attached to the fabric, Decembear continues his journey to find the spirit of Christmas, which is revealed at the end to be his family. It’s a cute reminder of one of the many reasons to celebrate Christmas -- not for the gifts, but for the people closest to you.

Just yesterday, as I was leaving home in a rush (as is too often the case at this time of year), I paused and noticed my mom had installed Decembear in a hallway, and had the little bear already set on his spot for the day. It was a reminder of the wonder of the Christmas season, and for me to stop being such a grinch.

And with that said, I want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and happy holiday season. I’ll be back next week to celebrate New Year’s with a list of my favorite and top picks in movies, TV, music and comic books from 2013, I hope you’ll check it out.

What I’m reading: “Local” by Brian Wood and Ryan Kelly.

What I’m listening to: “Happy XMas (War is Over)” is playing on repeat in my head. Fun story about this song, up until a few weeks ago I was under the impression (a completely false one) that the song originated with John Denver, not John Lennon and Yoko Ono. That revelation has had very little impact on my life.

 
 

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