“It’s Christmas!” goes the whisper, here in Worcester and all around the world.
This is the one day of the year when dawn comes because of excitement more than sunlight.
Then, in a sense, it’s over in a burst of activity around the gleaming tree. Especially in homes with children, a big part of Christmas is crammed in before breakfast. There are more important things than toast and cereal to tend to, starting with the stockings.
It’s not really so fleeting, though. This top-of-the-year holiday has many layers, and the deepest ones last. The gifts, the get-togethers, the songs and the decorations are fun, but the feeling of Christmas is what sticks, and keeps us coming back for more every year.
So here we are, Dec. 25 again and a day like no other.
Perhaps the aspect of the holidays we treasure most is the sense of tradition and return. The previous 12 months melt under the familiar greetings, stories, lists, rush, and secrets inside rustling shopping bags snuck into closets.