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Keiser's Role A column by Trevor Keiser


'Married Christmas'



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December 14, 2011 - It's hard to believe only one week and four days until Christmas. I am super excited because this is my first Christmas as a married man.

As in "typical husband fashion" I still have not finished all my Christmas shopping for my wife. She keeps asking if I've done it and I smile and say "some."

While we've had our Christmas tree up before Thanksgiving, and had Christmas with Casey Kasem playing on the radio, it doesn't quite feel like Christmas.

Driving at night, Noell and I have noticed there isn't as many houses lit up with Christmas lights and nobody seems to be in the ususal "excited Christmas mood."

In conversations I've heard some people are actually dreading Christmas and that is sad. Perhaps they've become too focused on the gift aspect and not enough on the meaning of Christmas or perhaps the politically correct statement "Happy Holidays" has spoiled the joy of being able to say "Merry Christmas" without offending someone else.

My wife having the name Noell and being a Dec. born baby loves Christmas time and is longing for snow to fall. Every morning she asks "Did it snow?" I answer with either "a little," or "no it didn't." Then a sad look comes over her face with a "ohhh....."

As I have stated in previous columns about my loath for snow and the cold weather, I am trying really hard to find the "romance" in it all. I probably wouldn't mind it nearly as much if there was no wind chill and if the snow never covered the roads. If there was a way to make it so it melted as it touched the pavement and only have it on the sides in the grass and trees, that would be awesome.

Many may be in a "Scrooge" like state this Christmas season, Noell and I plan on sharing Christmas joy and cheer with all we meet. Remembering Christmas is not about wrapping paper, toys and goodies.

It's a time to reflect on the amazing hope given to the world one night when a woman by the name of Mary gave birth in a barn to a little baby named Jesus Christ. That's a moment in time I believe changed the world forever. It's because of that birth, I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Trevor graduated with degrees in English and communications from Rochester College. He wrote for his college and LA View newspapers before joining The Clarkston News in May 2007.
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