Sunday, December 26, 2010

Christmas thoughts

What if Christmas wasn't all it was advertised to be.

What if at school the teachers and the cafeteria ladies smiled all day and said "Merry Christmas" all day and hugged the children a special hug right before they handed them the treat bags and then...then the children went home to a less than merry Christmas. All the mirth and cheerfulness and joy was at school.

It happened. 1940's. 1950's. 1960's, and not just at Pilot Mountain Schoolhouse. And let's not fool ourselves, it happened in 2010.

Grown children remember the little things. They look back at Christmas past and realize Santa didn't visit everybody. They tell stories with tears brimming their eyes. And they work hard as adults to make sure it never happens to another child.

It takes a community to be a Santa.

Catch of the day,



  1. A great reminder, Gretchen.

    I hope you had a great Christmas day.

  2. Thanks for your comment, Talli. Yes, my Christmas was wonderful because on top of all the family celebrations, we had a WHITE CHRISTMAS with six inches of snow that fell all day. Rare here in the foothills of the Carolinas.