The holiday season is upon us. Thanksgiving through the Super Bowl. If the Super Bowl is not a holiday, it should be.
For those of the religious persuasion, we reflect on many things. Starting with Thanksgiving, we reflect on how grateful we are, no matter our circumstances.
Christmas is the holiday of light, as in the light of the world. We reflect on change and hope for a better world. The days get longer, hence more light. For our Jewish brethren, there is Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights. For atheists, there are Chinese restaurants.
Christmas is also a time when cruel inhumane parents take their children to see the evil Santa Claus.
New Years is a time to reflect on fresh starts, resolutions, and the hope and promise that the coming year will be better than the last.
Super Bowl? Football is the national religion in a country that is barred from having one. I love shopping the week of Superbowl. I see all these people, whose huge credit card bills for Christmas are arriving, buying the newest, largest screen television, along with booze and food, just to watch one game.
The holidays are about cooking, feasting, drinking, giving and taking, and spending way too much money with religious fervor.
The holiday season is a time we check and challenge our beliefs. It is a time of reflection.
Here are the things I believe in.
I believe life is good. It sure beats the alternative.
I believe in baseball, football, hockey, and warm apple pie in the sky with ice cream on top.
I believe in the attitude of gratitude. I am grateful the feet hit the floor every day and I have a loaf of bread under each arm.
I believe there are only two kinds of people in the world. Those who cook and lazy sloths.
I believe in the immortal words of Sgt. Stryker USMC: "Life is tough. It is tougher if you are stupid." (Sands of Iwo Jima)
I believe in leaving Santa Claus bacon and Bourbon if you want to get great gifts. Only cheapskates and chiselers leave cookies and cocoa.
I believe everyday is a holiday, every meal is a feast, and every formation is a parade.
I believe in Mr. Murphy's immutable law of life: whatever can go wrong, will.
I believe the best time to drink wine is when it is there.
I believe they name streets after certain types of people: "One Way" and "Dead End".
I believe there is a special place in heaven for cops, firemen, paramedics, and bartenders.
I believe I will end this with a bottle of wine, some crusty bread, olives, and good cheese.
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