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Friday, December 11
This is an old greeting card of Santa on television. A big bow wraps up the TV and its stately cabinet, and there certainly would have been squeals of delight had a family really received such a present. I recall we were one of the last people on our block to have a color television. And I remember the wonderful feeling that as I watched "Rudolph" and "Frosty" and "A Charlie Brown Christmas" and "The House Without A Christmas Tree" on television, I knew millions more were watching, too. I felt so connected to a world beyond my sad one.
It boggles my mind that so much has changed. I have no idea who most of my neighbors are. Many have never spoken to us, nor I to them. Some of the newer neighbors are mean and threatening. I have no idea as to what they have in their homes or behind their tall privacy fences. And I gave up watching television decades ago. Too decadent, too many channels, just too much. Except now Netflix has brought some interesting series into my life! Certainly I've enjoyed Once, with Rumpelstiltskin also saying "dearie" as I do!
Yes, so much has changed, and not all of it for the better. Much of it; not all of it. Of course! I think I look backwards more in the weeks before Christmas than any other time of year.
But despite the "bad" changes, we live in interesting times.