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December 21, 2012

Christmas reflections

NORMAN — There is something about the Christmas holidays that can be both magical and crass.

Most of us recall holiday moments that still have the power to make us smile. Perhaps your young child was so excited about Christmas morning that he got up at 12:05 a.m. and woke the rest of the family to join in an extra early gathering under the Christmas tree. And after the gifts were opened, the rest of the family crawled back in bed for a few more hours while the early riser stayed up to play.

Or perhaps your child was a bit too smart.

A little girl heard a knock on the door and a deep voice asked if Mary was home. Her mother opened the door and there stood Santa. He sat Mary on his lap and asked, “And what is your name little girl?” Mary lost no time in pointing out the memory lapse to Santa.

In one way or another the magic of the season touches children and adults alike, bringing a little extra joy into our lives, which is why when bad things happen at this time of year our dismay and sadness is magnified. Unfortunately, life, death, joys, sorrows and everything in between continues its relentless flow no matter what the season.

What used to be a time when sugarplums or dreams and wishes of hoped for presents danced in children’s heads has devolved into a season of demands. Such demands seem to encompass the “Gimme and Gimme more” mindset so prevalent today.

This mindset was prevalent among several children in the 1971 movie “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.” A particularly unpleasant little girl named Veronica Salt was the quintessential spoiled child. She stomped her feet, made her demands and when they were fulfilled, she made more demands.

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