Million dollar holiday query — you ready?

As Christmas approaches this week, I don’t think anybody has asked me that million dollar holiday query.

Are you ready for Christmas?

That’s always the burning question in checkout lines or when you’re out and about running yourself ragged doing the usual holiday stuff under normal December circumstances.

So, for comparison purposes, inquiring minds want to know — are your presents bought and wrapped? Cookies baked? Decorations done? Holiday dinner menu planned out and purchased? Where are you going or who’s coming to dinner?

Some of us lie and say “yes” and some of us fib and say “no” because we don’t want to admit to our efficiency or inefficiency levels with all this stressful seasonal stuff.

But we are in anything but normal circumstances here this December, and I swear not one single person has asked me if I’m all ready-set for the big day — or if they have, I apologize. I probably haven’t heard or understood the muffled question posed from behind a mask and I’ve responded with eye motions that could be interpreted in the positive or in the negative.

For anyone really interested, though, in my response, the honest answer is yes, and the answer is no.

For one thing, I issued the order/suggestion early on — let’s not worry about buying Christmas gifts this year for each other anyway, to which everyone breathed a collective what-a-relief sigh.

If this column had audio, you’d be hearing a really, really loud sigh, followed up with a yipee! or two. Guaranteed.

Yes, I’ve put up decorations, and I’m greatly enjoying them as I always do although it’s a little sad that no one else will be around to see them. Sure, you can take pictures and share them as many people seem to be doing as an alternative, but somehow it’s not quite the same.

I admit I feel more than a little grinchy in not hosting any kind of holiday festivities at the house as I normally would, the same scenario that played out at Thanksgiving, so COVID-19 continues to dampen if not douse any an all party possibilities.

I’ve heard people smirking a little about the Bing Crosby classic “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” because that’s where we’ve been almost all of 2020.

As for Christmas dinner, it remains the subject of debate among all three of us who will be at the Dec. 25 table or TV room as it may turn out.

I’m relating to “A Christmas Story” in a big way, not that we have any dogs that are destined to eat the turkey and leave Ralphie and his immediate family with no main course.

I kind of like that they ended up going out for Chinese food. That works for me.

I suggested we order takeout and then maybe dive face first into a cake or some other delectable dessert made by a local bakery.

Then we can just lounge around in our Christmas jammies and watch some other holiday classics.

“A Christmas Story” to be sure, a reminder that gifts wished for can be gifts received.

And follow that up with “White Christmas” and “It’s A Wonderful Life.”

After all, it still is.

So, yes, I’m ready and willing and up for the big day.

Merry Christmas!

(Kiaski, a resident of Richmond, is a staff columnist and community editor for the Herald-Star and The Weirton Daily Times. She can be contacted at jkiaski@heraldstaronline.com.)


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