For those of you who frequent The Wise Guise often, you know that I have published writings from younger versions of myself. As Clayton has commissioned me to write a series of Christmas posts, I thought it would be time once again to go to the archives. After my first Christmas post of 2012 yesterday, I thought it would be time to share with you some writings from 2006 Joseph, who was a sophomore in college at the time. My original plan was to edit the writings, make them better both in writing style and to better reflect the person I am today and the perspectives I’ve gained from graduating, teaching, and getting married and starting “adult” life. My goal was to make them less cheesy, less corny, and hopefully better. But that would have required work and I quickly realized it would have been a difficult venture. Whereas I feel Christmas time and Christmas joy are often about connecting with the pure of heart and the childlike wonder at both the birth of Christ and the magic of Christmas, I decided to publish the two Facebook notes as they were originally published and still sit deep within the Facebook archives. Ironically, these were my first attempts at blog-like writing and Clayton posted comments on both of them. It should have been a sign we were destined to blog together. So, without further ado, I present to you two Facebook notes I wrote about my love of Christmas back in the fall/winter of 2006. Unedited and as cheesy as they’ve ever been. Enjoy!
Facebook Note: “How I Do Heart Christmas!!!” – Originally Published: Thursday, November 23, 2006
Today, on this wonderful day of Thanksgiving, when I am thankful for all of my blessings, from this wonderful country that many people risked their lives to found to the Native Americans who befriended them to my loving family to my phenomenal friends to just every aspect of my wonderful life.
Charlie Brown: (shouting in desperation) Isn’t there anyone out there who can tell me what Christmas is all about?
Linus Van Pelt: Sure, Charlie Brown, I can tell you. Lights, please. (A spotlight shines on Linus.) “And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the fields, keeping watch over their flocks by night. And lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the lord shone round about them, and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not, for behold, I bring unto you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you this day is born in the City of Bethlehem, a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; you shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel, a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God, and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on Earth peace, good will toward men'”. That’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie brown.
God sent his only son to Earth for us. And the angels used this as an opportunity to praise God. I love the family traditions and sentiment of Christmas. I use them, as well as all other aspects of life, as an opportunity to praise God. How do I love thee Christmas? Let me count the ways…
1) I love Christmas decorations. From house lights to Christmas trees to the mini-Bedford Falls replica light-up village on the mantle above my fire place, I love them all. Tonight, I combined two of my favorite things… Christmas decorating and….
2) CHRISTMAS MOVIES! I love Christmas movies. I love them so much. And the reason is because they all explain to some extent my various loving feelings towards Christmas. The two I watched today are prime examples. My family started Santa and the 3 Bears last night. If you don’t know what it is, then look it up. 1970 cheap cartoon about two bears who learn all about Christmas from Santa Claus to Jesus.
It’s awesome. It captures the essence of what it’s like to be anxious waiting for Santa. A feeling I love more than almost any other in the entire world. The other movie we watched the first half of tonight was Christmas Vacation. This movie gets funnier every time I watch it and I’ll tell you why. I have the whole thing memorized and I started to get the dirty jokes I missed while a youngling 6 or 7 years ago. But it gets funnier and funnier because as I grow older, I know that my perspective towards wanting to throw the perfect good ole fashioned family Christmas is going to be very similar to that of Clark Griswald.
3) I love decorating the Christmas tree. I love listening to Christmas music. I REALLY love the old claymation Christmas specials. I love all things Christmas…
AND I hope you all will join in with me to celebrate the Christmas spirit. A season of love, giving, joy, and peace! Happy Thanksgiving to you all and count your blessings over this upcoming holiday season!
Clayton’s Comment: This is so funny…and you. Hahaha you would write about how much you love Christmas. Atta boy.
Facebook Note: “Why I Believe in Santa Claus” – Originally Published: Christmas Eve, 2006
*NOTE: This isn’t going to be the most eloquent posting. It’ll be rambling… haha, big surprise for me I’m sure! Anyways, consider this a Merry Christmas posting from me! Enjoy… if you want to read!*
I believe in Santa Claus for many reasons, not just the obvious reasons that I have gained from movies, TV shows, songs, plays, and books. Yes, I’ve learned a lot from the newspaper editorial from the late 1800s. “Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy. Alas! how dreary would be the world if there were no Santa Claus!… There would be no childlike faith then, no poetry, no romance to make tolerable this existence. We should have no enjoyment, except in sense and sight. The external light with which childhood fills the world would be extinguished. Not believe in Santa Claus! You might as well not believe in fairies. You might get your papa to hire men to watch in all the chimneys on Christmas eve to catch Santa Claus, but even if you did not see Santa Claus coming down, what would that prove? Nobody sees Santa Claus, but that is no sign that there is no Santa Claus. The most real things in the world are those that neither children nor men can see.”
And yes, I’ve learned from “THE YEAR WITHOUT A SANTA CLAUS” that “I believe in Santa Claus like I believe in love.”
And yes, from BOY MEETS WORLD and FULL HOUSE to MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET to THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF SANTA CLAUS book (which I’ve read this break), I know of countless reasons to believe in Santa Claus.
I also know all the more obvious, practical reasons to not believe in Santa Claus. ELF joked about it. Parents put presents under the tree. The physical improbability of one man delivering all those toys. Yada, yada, yada. Myth, legend, farce. Child’s play. To quote Scrooge, B’AH HUMBUG!
But there’s so many reasons to believe in Santa Claus. Here are my many reasons why…
I believe in Santa Claus because George Bailey would. All the citizens of Bedford Falls were Santa Claus to George because he was Santa Claus to all the citizens of Bedford Falls.
I believe in Santa Claus because I believe in the historical St. Nick, all the people he helped, and all the people he inspired.
I believe in Santa Claus because of the hard time I had going to sleep and the easy time I had waking up at 4:30 A.M. on Christmas morning, not waiting to see what I got.
I believe in Santa Claus because the smile on children’s faces on Christmas morning.
I believe in Santa Claus because of the millions of children who get stuff on Christmas morning paid for by people who have never even met the child.
I believe in Santa Claus because of the warm feeling I get that I can’t explain whenever I hear a Christmas song or watch a Christmas movie.
I believe in Santa Claus because when everyone sings loud for all to hear in order to spread Christmas cheer at the end of ELF gives me goosebumps every time.
I believe in Santa Claus because not believing in Santa Claus is no way to live one’s life.
I believe in Santa Claus because no matter how much a part of me (my brain) wants to know how magic tricks are done, a bigger part of me (my heart and soul) wants to know that real magic exists.
I believe in Santa Claus because I know that humans can’t explain everything, no matter how hard we try and no matter how much we wished we could.
I believe in Santa Claus because he always magically appears on TV shows and movies whenever someone else unsuccessfully poses as him.
I believe in Santa Claus because there’s a little bit of Santa Claus in all of us. The part of us that shows love and compassion not because we have to, but because we know it’s the right thing to do.
I believe in Santa Claus because Santa Claus believes in and stands for everything that is right in the world. Loving and giving.
I believe in Santa Claus because he strives to follow in the footsteps of God. God loved us although he didn’t have to and gave to us the greatest present of all although he didn’t have to. That’s what Santa does, because he loves us.
I believe in Santa Claus like I believe in God. Not because I see him. But because I feel him.
Santa Claus exists. I’m ok with those who don’t believe he exists though. These things happen. They’re to be expected.
But I believe in Santa Claus because I believe in Christmas miracles. Santa Claus is in each of us. Some listen to the Santa Claus in them more than others, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t exist.
So on Christmas, remember what Christmas is all about. The greatest gift that was ever given to all of us. And then remember who gave it to us.
But why do I believe in Santa Claus? Because perhaps he understands this greatest gift and the greatest gift giver better than anyone else!
Merry Christmas to all… and to all a good night!