The Christmas Calendar Essay

3009 words - 12 pages

Another Christmas had come and gone. Seated in the living room in front of his television, Jimmy Stevenson was disheartened. Christmas evening was almost always one of the most depressing moments of the year. He hated the idea of a holiday going away as soon as it came.He gook a sip of his coffee and stared at the television blankly, watching a score of repeating holiday commercials. He always felt like yelling at the television for still showing those tacky Christmas commercials despite the fact that the holiday was coming to a close. He flipped through the channels and found a rerun of one of the football games from earlier in the week. Jimmy lived in the house that had belonged to his parents. He was only seventeen when they died tragically in a car accident, but they had already written out their will by then, leaving their house to him, their only son. He always kept the house clean, knowing that his mother would want it that way. He even set out the same Christmas decorations every year for old time's sakes. His wife Katherine was very understanding about all this, for she, too, had lost her mother at a young age. She helped Jimmy with everything that he wanted to do in memory of his parents. She kept the crucifix above the fireplace gleaming, as Jimmy's father had always done. She would listen to the same story ever year, the one where Jimmy recalled how his father had dressed up as Santa Claus one year to tell the manger story. Katherine would sit with Jimmy to watch the same old television shows that Jimmy had watched with his parents as a child. It was tradition, Jimmy would explain, looking a little embarrassed, but Katherine had never asked why they did these things because she already understood.Jimmy looked up from his mug and stared at the Christmas tree, still decked out with all of its holiday decorations. "We'll keep her up till New Year's Eve," they always said. That was how it had always been.A sudden barking sounded outside. The neighbor's dogs were always making more noise than they were worth. Katherine was rummaging around in their closet, humming a Christmas carol to herself. On the television, cheerleaders clapped their pomp-poms together while chirping, "Go Team!" in their childish voices.Katherine had stopped humming. The football game took a commercial break and it started showing a holiday coke commercial. The neighbor's dogs continued barking. Jimmy stared at the clock - 9:47 PM. He wondered when the neighbors would finally bring in their dogs for the night."Hey, honey, look what I found," Katherine said, her voice slightly muffled in the other room. "Come here, Jimmy.""Bring it out here," replied Jimmy, sipping his coffee. He didn't feel like moving. "A game's on and I'm comfortable."He heard his wife sigh and ignored it. She came into the living room from around the corner, holding a small but significantly dusty, wrapped gift in her hand. She handed it to him, wiping the dust off with her hands."The...

Find Another Essay On The Christmas Calendar

The Joy of "A Christmas Carol"

893 words - 4 pages time: the only time I know of, in the long calendar year when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut up hearts freely, and to think of other people below them as if they really were fellow passengers to the grave, and not another race of creatures bound on other journeys. (1)Through this philosophy, Dickens managed to convince a large segment of the population that ideals and facts were synonymous. If we were to consider the Christmas

Germany Culture and Traditions Essay

915 words - 4 pages Germany cultures and traditions Americans use in the USA Christmas and Easter are the most common Holiday we celebrate that has come from Germany like Christmas calendar’s that have a candy each day till Christmas is here in December it first was thought of in Germany around 1908 and today we buy these calendar treats for are kids each year to count down when Christmas is here. We also got from Germany Christmas trees in Germany they

Christmas

1052 words - 4 pages changes and evolves with time remaking itself to become a product of its time. Nevertheless, People countiune to celebrate Christmas as Christ birthday. However, the writers of the sacred scriptures never mention the birthday of Jesus. What they do state is the exact date of Jesus death. That date is specific, the fourteenth day of the Jewish calendar month Nissan. Jesus did commend his disciples to celebrate that date; but never did

Skipping Christmas

1134 words - 5 pages Skipping Christmas starts out at the gate in an airport. Luther and Nora Krank are there with their daughter Blair, waiting for a flight to Miami that will eventually bring her to eastern Peru, where she is going with the Peace Corps. They all say their goodbyes and the parents leave. Nora is very upset, while Luther isn’t so much. On the way home they stop at a store for white chocolate and pistachios. Luther unwillingly goes in to get it and

Keep Christ in Christmas

1381 words - 6 pages , and Sue Ellen Thompson. Holiday Symbols and Customs: A Guide to the Legend and Lore behind the Traditions, Rituals, Foods, Games, Animals, and Other Symbols and Activities Associated with Holidays and Holy Days, Feasts and Fasts, and Other Celebrations, Covering Ancient, Calendar, Religious, Historic, Folkloric, National, Promotional, and Sporting Events, as Observed in the United States and around the World. Detroit MI: Omnigraphics, 2009. Print. Restad, Penne L. Christmas in America: A History. New York: Oxford UP, 1995. Print. Salusbury, Matt. "By Jove! It's Christmas." History Today 59.12 (2009): 6-7. Academic Search Complete. Web. 10 Dec. 2013.

Critique of Christmas Time in Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol

2830 words - 11 pages suggests that Christmas is only an interruptive exception from the otherwise capitalistic calendar. Even when Scrooge becomes altruistic, as in the above scene, his philanthropy still operates under the guise of capitalism, measured in economic terms and aimed ultimately at providing himself with pleasure. Dickens subtly turns his critique of ephemeral and selfish "holiday time" to the reader. The straightforward, Aristotelian structure of the

Expository Writing 11th grade (describe event changed your life): Christmas

3393 words - 14 pages from my circled-calendar marked, which I was anxiously waiting the arrival of, I was very excited. Right from the beginning, the first time that it snowed in the winter, I thought of Christmas. It was hard imaging it when I was hard at work shoveling the snow from my driveway, but I was still a little synched. The wonderful Christmas decorations on roof-tops around my town helped me get into the Christmas spirit. Oh, and you know what else helped

Multiculturalism: Christian Orthodox Serbs in Balkans

2561 words - 11 pages after the saint, and after that, besides the family patron, they will celebrate that saint as well in the same way. Christmas in holiday of high importance and it is celebrated on 7th of January since Serbs are still using the old, Julian calendar. Not only the date is different from the western celebration of Christmas. Instead of a regular Christmas tree, Serbs have “badnjak”, oak log or a branch that is brought to the house and set on fire

Belief Systems: Christianity, Judaism, and Islam

1435 words - 6 pages carries only half the weight of a man's. In rape cases, women's testimony carries no weight."Part II:Yom KippurYom Kippur festivity takes place the 10th day of the month in the Jewish calendar. In the Christian calendar occurs on September or October. Yom Kippur is the most holy festivity of all Jewish celebrations. In the Yom Kippur, Jews prepare themselves for the next year. It is a day for repentance, confession, penitence, and prayers asking

Year round school, the key of success?

691 words - 3 pages summer. Is this new system effective? Does it work? How do students react to a twelve-month school year? Let’s start by explaining how the calendar of a year-round school looks: Year-round school is based on a yearly calendar that consists of a rearrangement of the typical school calendar. Typically, students will go to school in September with time off in November when they have their Thanksgiving recess. They then again have a vacation in December

How the Liturgical Year is Significant

1826 words - 7 pages Advent, Christmas, Ordinary Time, Lent, Triduum, and Easter (“Liturgical Calendar”, st-augustine-church.org). The Advent season has a very important significance (“Advent and Christmas”, catholic-resources.org). Advent is significant because Catholics are preparing themselves and their hearts for the coming of Jesus Christ (“Advent and Christmas”, catholic-resources.org). Advent is also significant because it is a season that marks the beginning

Similar Essays

The Traditions Of Christmas Essay

1439 words - 6 pages Islam and Shamanism in part of Russia.Russians celebrate Christmas unlike the rest of the world in many ways. The first is they celebrate on January 7th instead of the 25th of December. The Russian Orthodox Church still follows the Julian Calendar as the for most of the world works from the Gregorian Calendar which has ten days dropped from it accounting for the difference in the days (Scott 1998). However, New Years has now become a bigger

Significance Of Chistmas Essay

6693 words - 27 pages Palestine), and elsewhere celebrate Christmas on January 7 because they follow the Julian calendar. Members of the Armenian Church observe Christmas on January 6, following the unique custom of celebrating both the birth and baptism of Christ on the same day.The official Christmas season, popularly known as either Christmastide or the Twelve Days of Christmas, extends from the anniversary of Christ's birth on December 25 to the feast of Epiphany on

Christmas In Ukraine Essay

1052 words - 5 pages ceremonies, fasts and diets, Carrols and divinations to celebrate Christmas. To assist my investigation I have found the history and the ways Ukrainians celebrated Christmas, foods and entertainments they had, cultural features and traditions, showing the unique identity of the nation. Orthodox Christians celebrate Christmas on the seventh of January according to Julian calendar, the day when Jesus Christ was born and in the sky began to shine

Comparsion Of Christian And Muslim Religious Holidays

1207 words - 5 pages Christmas: Christmas is a sacred festival of the Christians. On Christmas Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ the Son of God; born from the virgin mother “Mary” in Bethlehem on the 25th of December 1 C.E. Christians celebrate this once a year on the 25th of December. Jesus Christ was a spiritual leader, the Son of God and Men whose teachings are the basis of Christianity their religion/faith. Although the Church doesn't consider it