Christmas stuff starts to show up earlier every year with Santa joining us for the Thanksgiving feast. The catalogs and e-ads start stuffing our mailboxes and as we run or bike around town the blow up Santa compressors fill the air with the sounds of the season? We have relocated to Chapel Hill North Carolina so the anticipation of snow and the related snow activities associated with the season is lacking. Then again it’s only the first week of December and maybe it’s too early to have that festive feeling. Christmas parties, Christmas lists from the grandkids, greeting cards, and biking/running with cool people who glow with the holiday spirit all year start to at least get us to the first Ho (as in Ho, Ho, Ho!). But every year there seems to be a turning point that adds the last 2 Ho’s and transform us into the magical world of Christmas. It could be a phone call from family or friend, a donation to a deserving cause or person, a kind word, a TV show, a song, an old family decoration, a special Facebook posting, finding a “I don’t want anything else” Benji dog, or an amazing smile from my wife. What will it be this year?
Last Saturday my wife and I decided to venture to Raleigh for WinterFest, a holiday celebration complete with skating, kids sliding on man-made snow and all sorts of entertainment and holiday crafts. It’s held on Fayetteville Street, the road in front of the State Capitol adorned with holiday decorations and lights that turn the night into day‒add another Ho. We listen to costumed carolers, watch: Santa promise to fulfill dreams, novice skaters testing their fall techniques, merry-go-round riders, and as always lots of food and drink consumption. It’s an entertaining night but the final Ho to get me into Christmas has not yet thumped me in the head.
We enter the craft area for $22 bucks and walk the aisles with booths peddling everything from nerve body scans to bird houses emblazoned with your favorite school logo. A little disappointed but as we come around a corner “what to my wondering eyes should appear,” but two young ladies manning the welcome booth in elf costumes doing a Christmas dance‒yeehaw! They are obviously having a great time and they add the last Ho to the Christmas spirit thing. They graciously let me record their Rockette like jig and now I’ll share it with you. This is what the“Joy to the World” thing is all about. These ladies definitely peaked and rocked, so watch and enjoy the season‒Ho-Ho-Ho!