Are the stockings all “hung by the chimney with care”?
Is your home ready for Christmas? Have the cookies and treats all been baked, the presents wrapped and, as Clement Clarke Moore wrote, the stockings all “hung by the chimney with care”?
All the gifts I’m giving are already wrapped. I’m not like those people who wait until the last minute to shop. Retailers are hoping many of you are like that because, as a wire story in Thursday’s Gazette suggested, sales have been slow.
How do you celebrate Christmas? Will your celebration be a little more solemn, perhaps a bit more heartfelt, with the tragedy in Newtown so fresh in our minds?
My wife and I will gather with the Peck family this weekend before our grandkids, Remy and Lexi, arrive in time for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. They probably didn’t get snow down in Hoffman Estates, Ill., and would be delighted to again engage “Papa,” as they call me, in making a snowman. This snow might not cooperate, however, so we might have to instead head for a sledding hill.
In Monday’s Gazette editorial, we’ll put the annual celebration of Christ’s birth in perspective and offer our Christmas message to readers.