T’was the Night Before Christmas

Christmas 2008 Tree

T’was the night before Christmas, all the long runs were done, the Smart Wool and Wright socks were hung by the wood stove with care.

Running shoes with their inserts out have been carefully put close enough to dry, but not close enough to melt or have an ember accidentally fall on them.

The football games are on the TV and the beers are being interrupted by cheers or jeers.

Last minute shopping is being considered and then considering the number of beers slayed, there is enough under the tree and not enough left before the next payday.

Presents are wrapped, mom is tired, thinking of the meals to come and the work still to be done, as she sits down on the pine for a minute with a glass in hand filled to the brim with some fruit of the vine.

Family is coming soon or is it that we have to leave soon to visit family, things have been so crazy I can’t remember, maybe time to check Twitter for the answer.That’s right they are coming here, that is why we had the last beer.

We sit and look at each other and say when the game is over, it will be time to get started to prepare for the company to come. We smile those tired smiles of happiness and I wink and say “I love you.”

I could go on, but you get the picture, we are all tired, the shopping, the long runs, preparing for feasts tonight and tomorrow. Tonight is time to celebrate and enjoy each other’s company, tomorrow is a religious holiday that has been co-opted to be a reason for commercial excess. Stop and think for a minute.

  • for many it is a time of celebration and family
  • others it is significant as a religious holy day
  • to others it is just another day

To me Christmas time is a time to celebrate family and friends who love us for who are, not what we can give them.

Those who are still searching for these things your day will come – you just have to open up your mind, eyes and mainly your heart to opportunities that exist or will exist for you. It isn’t easy to do, but it is the only way.

Take some time to read “The Night Before Christmas” and the “Polar Express” tonight , whether you have children or not, it is something that we all need to do to once a year.  It helps to keep us… (you fill in the blank).

I wish a very Merry Christmas Eve and Christmas Day to everyone, especially all of you who took the time to read A Veteran Runnah over the past couple of months.  I have received a great gift this year, a great community of supportive people, who share my love of running and being healthy.

2 thoughts on “T’was the Night Before Christmas

  1. I love the family and friends part too. We have a big family, and most of them will be at my house tomorrow. Should be hectic and fun. Our kids are teens now, but they still love "The Night Before Christmas." They'll also have their annual viewing of "Elf," a movie that I find only marginally funny! Have a great one!

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