As we come to a close of November, the holidays are definitely spilling into the atmosphere. The tree at Rockefeller has been lighted. The windows of Macys are a wonter wonderland. Some people are still enjoy leftover turkey from Thanksgiving weekend. More and more houses have decorations on them. That means only one thing: “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.”
The holidays are definitely a good time to spend with family and friends. Love seems to bring an unmatchable warmth that even logs in a fireplace can’t give. Togetherness is definitely one of my favorite things about the holidays when gatherings take place for tree decorating parties, Christmas movie nights, Christmas eve and Christmas day gatherings, and to bring in the new year. In my culture, every New Year’s day, my Haitian family comes together to eat our traditional squash soup and it is always a great way to start the year off. It leaves fireworks like momentum.
I’ve heard it said that when you are invited to the luxury of someone’s home, that it is inappropriate to come empty handed. Some people bring fruitcakes or desserts. Others decide to bring a bottle of bubbly. Some bring a salad to add to the dishes for the meal that the person who invited you prepared. Some bring baskets of fruits while others bring unique ornaments to add to the tree.
Some people might say, “that is so not me.” But we can all learn something from Astronaut Neil Armstrong. Nassau’s Apollo 11 Crew which included Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong were the first astronauts to walk on the moon. And when they got there on July 20, 1969, they did not go empty handed. They brought a plaque with them which read “Here men from the planet Earth first set foot upon the Moon, July 1969 AD. We came in peace for all mankind” (Long). If he can go to another galaxy and not go empty handed into someone else’s world, what stops us from bringing something with us to someone else’s home.
While that might be inviting, let me suggest something. Bring something that everyone will like. Okay, please do not run to the nearest Entemenn’s rack and grab the first fruitcake you see. Pies make great dessert also. And so does ice cream in the deepest of winter. Remember, ’tis the season of sharing.
For more info on that great day in history, visit http://www.wired.com/thisdayintech/2009/07/dayintech_0720/