This is a holiday repost. I post this same story every year because of its significance to me and to my daughter.
My daughter and I were talking about various things when she asked me at what age I had stopped believing in Santa Claus. My answer was that I still believe in Santa and related the following story to explain why.
The first hint we got that the Fourth of July was a huge event was when locals told us that between 10000 and 15000 tourists come to this village of 700 people for the celebration. Exaggeration of course. The celebration consisted of a parade, fireworks, BBQ, and a few other things. It sounded like fun.
Company showed up late afternoon of the 3rd and we scoped out the events. We decided to go downtown the next morning, wander around and see the 10000 people (tongue in cheek), catch the Parade. Maybe get some lunch and watch the fireworks later that night. The biggest deal was the weather. It could rain, does often in the coastal town. We couldn’t be wimps about this, so on with our plans.
This story may be familiar to some of you–I discovered it earlier this year and it was especially meaningful to me, having experienced an “epiphany” in my faith-walk:
“Leaving the City of Regret”, by Larry Harp, Heartwarmers4u
I had not really planned on taking a trip this time of year, and yet I found myself packing rather hurriedly. This trip was going to be unpleasant and I knew in advance that no real good would come of it. I’m talking about my annual “Guilt Trip.”
Merry Christmas to the world and Happy Holidays to those who don’t celebrate Christmas!
I think this video is as important now as it was when it was made. People all over the world, including here in the U.S. are throwing off the shackles of oppressive regimes. Together, we the people of the world will prevail in the end.
Here is Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays in many different languages. I was surprised about how many languages happy holidays does not translate into. I mean happy doesn’t translate? Really?