Log In   ·   Become A Member

Sixty-Something: Christmas Is Like No Other Day Of The Year

T.J. Clemente

The author. (Photo: Cindi Sansone-Braff)

Christmas Day is a holiday perhaps 2020 years old. All around the world, the birth of a child, a child to bring joy and hope into the world is celebrated. Christmas Day is like no other holiday, not only because it is universally celebrated around the world, but because of what it symbolizes. The pure joy of a newborn. Another soul with a chance at greatness on this earth, the possibility of being a difference maker. Most importantly to many, it is the day to commemorate God's gift to us all on earth, his son Jesus Christ.

There is a special sacredness to Christmas morning. Families, communities, countries come together. It's a day when strangers greet each other saying simply: "Merry Christmas." It is usually celebrated at home around a Christmas tree surrounded with gifts to be opened that day, yet it is so much more.

In my lifetime, I have had glorious Christmas mornings with wide-eyed little children opening gifts. Actually, as an eleven-year-old boy I served as an altar boy on a cruise ship at sea in the Caribbean for the Catholic Christmas service way back in 1963. The service was held at midnight in the ship's movie theater on a small stage. When I went out to light the candles, I was shocked to see the place packed with folks wearing suits, tuxedos and evening gowns. The balcony had an orchestra and choir made up of the folks who either worked or did the entertainment on the vessel. There were people standing in the aisles. Even though many of the Christmas songs were sung in Latin, it seemed everyone still knew the words. To this day, I can still remember the sound of that theater with almost every one singing as one.

However, I also can't help but remember the four or five Christmas mornings I spent all alone - sometimes without a tree or wrapped gifts. Most of those happened on the East End of Long Island in East Hampton Town with a few in Montauk, a few in Springs, and one in East Hampton Village. They were not sad days, just different. Yet, somehow it was those days that really drove home what Christmas is and should be.

On one of those Christmas mornings, I remember leaving the home I was renting and walking down Newtown Road to Main Street, East Hampton. Bells were ringing from the various churches as people were entering or leaving services all in good cheer. Everyone I passed walking their dogs or just going to get a coffee or whatever burst out to greet me with a "Merry Christmas" and as I passed, I said it to them. I was not alone - because on Christmas Day, there is a Christmas spirit. A day when we all become who we should be every day.

This Christmas, my children are grown, in their thirties, and are literally thousands of miles away. I have a granddaughter in England who will be celebrating her first Christmas. My wife and I are planning to spend the day at home with perhaps a nice 4 mile walk and talk. We have purchased each other a whole slew of gifts that will be smartly wrapped on the table under the Christmas tree all lit up and set up high in our kitchen. We have been listening to and singing along to wonderful Christmas songs all week. We actually celebrate the magic of each other every day, but Christmas is special. Christmas Day is a touch more special to almost everyone around the world, even those of distinct other faiths. The world understands the message of Christmas Day, the message of hope through a newborn. Yes, Christmas Day is unlike any other day of the year.




Related Articles:

Be the first to comment on this article. (Just fill out the form below)
 

Submit Your Comment

Please note, you are not currently logged in. Your comment will be submitted as a guest.
To submit your comment as a member, please click here.
Your Name:
Location:*
Comments:*
* Comments will be reviewed and posted in a timely fashion
* All fields are required
Question:*
What color is a firetruck?
(For spam prevention, thanks)
 
 
 
http://www.hamptons.com/gallery/ads/1213.gif
http://www.hamptons.com/gallery/ads/2229.gif
http://www.hamptons.com/gallery/ads/2227.gif
East End Tick Control
The East End's only New York State licensed dedicated tick and mosquito control specialists!

Hamptons Carpet One Floor & Home
We pay less,and so do you.With over 1,000 stores in our buying group, we can get the lowest prices from the best flooring manufacturers — and pass the savings on to you.Visit our other locations: Hamptons Carpet One Floor & Home, 675 North Sea Road,Southampton, NY 11968

Southampton Masonry-Visiting the Southampton or the Wainscott locations is an exciting experience.
Southampton Masonry has been serving Long Island's masonry and tile needs since 1975. Delivering quality products from Manhattan to Montauk for over three decades. The company's continued success is due primarily to their number one priority: customer satisfaction, with a promise of prompt and courteous service from the professional, knowledgeable staff. Southampton Masonry has the largest inventory on the east end. As direct importers they can offer a large variety of the finest quality products at the most competitive pricing for both your interior and exterior projects.

Southrifty Drug 54 Jagger Lane, Southampton Village
Southrifty Drug is a small, neighborhood pharmacy with limited shelf space, and we have to be very selective about which over-the-counter items we carry. As a result you'll find a no nonsense concentration of very effective, high quality and useful products on our shelves. In this new section, we feature a number of these products that we feel are especially worthy of your consideration.

Burner Law Group, P.C.
Burner Law Group, P.C. are full service elder law attorneys concentrating in the areas of Estate Planning, Trust and Estate Administration and Litigation, Special Needs Planning, Guardianship and Elder Law. Offices in East Setauket‚ NY, Westhampton Beach, NY, and New York, NY.

Suburban Propane in Bridgehampton, New York has been serving proudly supporting our community for 90 years.
Suburban Propane has been serving the energy needs for home owners and business in the Hampton’s for decades. We offer friendly service by local professionals you know and trust, plus the peace of mind that comes from knowing we are among the leaders in the industry for safety.