December has arrived. Just in case you do not know, we now have only 20 days until Christmas. That is 20 short days (480 hours) to grocery shop, gift shop, wrap presents, decorate the tree, put up lights, bake a few cookies, make candy, sleep, work and be ready to welcome the family.
We have to subtract the time we are in church, at work, at ballgames and sleeping. Taking those hours off maybe we have 10 days (240 hours) to get it all done.
I have worked at the Town Crier for over 40 years and I am accustomed to busy Decembers, deadlines, and after hour events. It has never been a 9-5 job but I have enjoyed being part of the hustle and bustle of parades, parties, and cantatas. It usually helps keep me in the spirit of the season.
I have to admit I don't get around quite as fast as I once did. Thank goodness for digital cameras and emails. I am not sure how I managed in the old days when I would spend at least eight to 10 hours a week in the dark room. Also, I would have to drive to pick up many of the articles I now receive by email. We do adapt to change, some good and some not as good.
As we get older, even our Christmas wish list changes. Some of the changes are due to modern technology, but other changes are due to age. Even though I work with a computer every day, I still need a written, detailed description of any gadget or game my grandchildren might want. I am never sure of the compatibility of the games with what they play it on.
A transistor radio with ear plugs and a pair of white boots were on my Christmas list when I was a young teenager.
We baby boomers have become grandparents and great-grandparents and our wish list has taken a major change. Hopefully, we are not as interested in material things as we are in helping others, being content with what we have, and watching our grandchildren grow up. Every day of life is a gift.
Today's wish list would include hoping our grandchildren will have a good life and they will be able to reach their goals. We hope there will be careers/jobs for them as they reach adulthood in a field they can be happy in.
Our oldest granddaughter will be graduating from college this week. That makes one down and four to go. I am hoping to be there for all of the high school and college graduations. If my calculations are correct, the last one should graduate from college in 11 years.
I know I mention this a lot, but I really mean it from my heart. As we get ready for Christmas 2017, let's remember why we celebrate and give thanks we have lived long enough to see our children become adults and share the joyous occasion with our grandchildren one more year.
Don't worry about keeping up with technology because what we learn today will be obsolete tomorrow. Let's leave that to the younger generation.