Haul out the holly.
Put up the tree before my spirit falls again.
Fill up the stockings.
I may be rushing things, but deck the halls again now.
For we need a little Christmas right this very minute.

If ever we needed a little Christmas it’s right now even if we have to socially distance and wear a mask.

Seriously. What is happening around us every day can be and at times is very depressing and while we can’t hide under the covers and ignore all the bad stuff we can try and escape it if only for a brief period.

Everyone has their own definition of what Christmas is all about and to me it’s not about the day but the season which separates it from other great holidays like Thanksgiving and the 4th of July.  Those are fun-filled days and maybe even a weekend loaded with tradition but for the most part it’s a one-and-done thing.

For some diehards the Christmas season begins the day after Halloween and while that’s a bit early I do understand why especially this year.  Regardless of what’s going on around us we need and deserve some joy in our lives and for many this time of year allows just that.

Many take great pride in the decorating of their homes, both inside and out and while those large inflatables on front lawns are not for me they are indeed festive.

Then there is the Christmas tree and from the time I was growing up it always had to be a real tree, one that offered the smell which let you know it was Christmas.  Last year I mentioned that my wife was considering an artificial tree for this year and we did although with an asterisk.

New furniture for the living room took away the spot where the tree went so for this year at least it’s one of those pre-lit trees with clear lights and I actually like it.

For some reason and I not exactly sure why I’ve grown to like the holiday season a bit more in recent years but am struggling in 2020.  As you might know I have somewhat of an obsession with Christmas movies and I’m even okay with the holiday music we’ve been playing 24/7 for several weeks.

However we are only two-plus weeks away from the big day and frankly I’m not feeling the spirit.  I’ll try and rally because again if ever we needed a little Christmas it’s right this very minute and it’s never been truer then in 2020.

Kevin's Christmas tree (Kevin Williams, Townsquare Media NJ)

Ferone Family Christmas Show