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‘Tis The Season

christmas-presents-1280-800-4713-1By Barbara J. Gooding

 The Christmas season is here.  Radio stations are playing Christmas tunes non-stop; TV commercials are filled with all the items any man, woman, child or pet could ever desire; and sparkling lights adorn stores, streets and trees, illuminating any town with the likings of a Thomas Kincaid painting.

  It’s a grand period of the year filled with reflections of times past, a chance to gather with friends and family and wishes to be with those far away.  Nearly everyone seems to be a bit more pleasant and conscious of those around them.  Many will extend a gentle smile, a spirited greeting, a hearty laugh or share a toast of good cheer, reassuring this spirited season is truly here.

 While the kitchen is filled with the smell of baking cookies, little ones are compiling their lists for Santa. Those wish lists will either will be dropped in the mailbox addressed to the North Pole or recited to him personally at a local department store.  Many of us Baby Boomers growing up in this area will surely recall going to Arnold Constable’s to meet with Santa.  He intently listened as you presented him your roster of wish list toys only to be reminded we first had to be good. Shopping was plentiful on Main Street. Stores such as Grants, Sears Roebuck and Packard’s, where Santa in his sleigh and reindeer were strung across the tall towers of its roof, were all part of the holiday experience. 

  So the countdown is on for Christmas Day and all the festivities that surround it. We must take note of its true meaning and be grateful for what we have and be mindful of those who are without.  Don’t forget to hang some mistletoe.  It’s the perfect excuse to kiss the one you’ve always wanted.

As the year winds down and another approaches, start that list of New Year’s resolutions and see how many you can keep. It’s a joyous and magical time of year in this area.  May everyone spread cheer and good wishes to all for peace and prosperity.  Merry Christmas!

Barbara J. Gooding is a creative and historical writer who resides in Hackensack. She may be contacted at bjgooding@gmail.com or write to The County Seat, 77 Hudson St., Hackensack, NJ 07601.


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