Yes ….. what you said, David.
While I’m sure it applies widely, speaking for myself Christmas has come to mean many things, occasionally some few in the present but mostly from the past, many good and still cherished but some …. the unforgettable sense of conflict …. a birth of sorts, discovering then grappling with and eventually learning enough to overcome the cognitive dissonance that comes when truth intrudes upon any such well-preserved big lies …. the Satan Clause hidden in the unspoken contract between well-meaning parents and their children was for me simply a first but a biggie nonetheless in what has since been an ongoing river, of life …..of opportunity to unearth or uncloak any of the countless many biggies littering God’s (already since looooong ago) green earth .
Enough of me rag’ing on the ills of our world ….. despite it all, it still possesses much joy and beauty to behold for eyes and ears willing to be open to them. 🙂
…. bonus track from the land where palm trees sway …