Posts Tagged ‘holiday’

A wonderful life


Delivering Christmas Cookies to Neighbors, Athens, Ohio © Jim Korpi

“Isn’t it wonderful!
So many faces!
Mary did it, George!
Mary did it!
She told some people you were in trouble, and then they scattered all over town collecting money.
They didn’t ask any questions – just said: ‘If George is in trouble, count me in…” – It’s a Wonderful Life

new traditions

Black Friday © Jim Korpi

It’s in the air like a plague ready to wipe clean the weak, trite, and false smiles. There are whispers of a new world order, a world where we recapture our lives and restart anew, and where the past only guides us around the follies of the future and holds us not to some false beliefs and meaningless tradition.
A disillusioned populace in warmer climates wonders how it will endure a Christmas without snow, reindeer, and all the nordic decor to accompany as if these hand-me-down customs will fit the waists and tastes of a world so distanced by time and geography. A comedy ensues in their imitation.
Nostalgia is as murky, thick and suffocating as mud during the holidays. Oh what it was to have the whole family together. Memories hold us hostage to the blossoming potential of new beginnings. We hold on tight to what was as if what will should be a tainted version. Why do we so dread these traditions that have for so long not fed us the sustenance required of such important human behavioral repetition?
Families so torn up by the times must begin the lengthy process of collecting the odd shaped fabrics and sewing it into a new and useful quilt. Let us throw away, with it’s wasteful wrappings, that which drives us further from completeness and fulfillment. Let us relish more the time and relations which bring us closer. Let us renew our vows to each other and to the earth that so thanklessly provides for the very existence we squander.
Let us build new traditions.