Her boy is 7, which is a good Christmas age, and it would have been cool to see him light up as he opened a few gifts. Christmas is for kids. All of us jaded elders can appreciate the day for gathering and swapping tales, but really it's for the innocents.
I'm not a Christian, but I have nothing against the holiday--except for its tedium. I'm not a Christian but I'm all for goodwill and peace on Earth.
Too bad that's such an illusion overall. One day of it annually isn't going to change anything.
When I was a kid I coveted a Lionel train set for Christmas the way the kid in the popular movie coveted a Red Ryder.
It worked out and I received a nice set, basic really with just a few landscape pieces to give it a little bump. It was solid and well made. I enjoyed that train during the long, housebound winter months in my home town.
I think my mother donated the set after I became bored with it a few years later. After I graduated from high school my mom sold the shack we lived in and moved into town. Maybe she included the train set in the sale, if she didn't give it away outright.
Naturally I wish I'd kept it. It really was a nice toy, and there's money in old toys today I hear.
But if I did have it I might not sell it. I might set it up in my studio in a figure-8 and watch it roll with the same pleasure I did when I was a kid.
You could press an auxiliary switch and the dang thing would toot like a real train.
This winter, like all the others, will drag slowly on.
Merry Christmas to all.