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November 29, 2013

This is why it's the most wonderful time of the year

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Tonawanda News — Write a holiday song, which, if you can somehow make stick, becomes an annuity, a yearly cash cow (just don’t sign over the copyright), or write a Hallmark Channel movie, maybe involving a good-natured moppet without a mom/dad/arm/reason to live who converts a curmudgeon/terrorist/dictator/Republican into a loving, giving person. (And write a role for Heather Locklear; she tends to improve anything she’s in.)

Note what’s going on around you! Besides the weather. The Village of Kenmore will present a Santa visit at the Municipal Building at 1 Saturday afternoon, and a “holiday sing-along” on Dec. 6. Name another non-farming community which artfully pulls that off, every year. And save up for the Kenmore Merchants Association’s “Stop, Sip and Shop” event on Dec. 12, which will encourage wine-sampling and visiting the shops of Delaware Avenue to see what’s new (drinking, eating, shopping, loitering and running into people you know, all in the friendly confines of my hometown; priceless). 

If someone with my attitude can get invited to a number of holiday parties, so can you, so get invited and go. Overdo it. You likely don’t overdo much in life, except for work, so socialize your brains out. If you’re invited, go. Go to concerts; someone, somewhere is singing something, straight through December.

Celebrate Kwanzaa, even though it may not look like your sort of festivity. It honors virtues, dates back to California in 1966 and seems to some as artificial as Sweetest Day or the rollout of a science fiction film, but trust me, if you spend each of its seven days, this year beginning Dec. 26, pondering its principles, you’ll hit 2014 a better person, and it can be an experience more enlightening than any Hallmark Channel movie. 

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