In 1969 I opened a Christmas gift and was so excited. It was a small transistor radio. I turned it on and heard nothing. Immediately the back of the radio came off for me to discover... NO BATTERIES! "Do we have a 9 volt anywhere in the house?" Who keeps 9 volt batteries laying around, not the Griffith clan. There I sat, radio in hand but no power source to hear my favorite tunes. Did I mention it was 1969? Which meant, no stores were open on Christmas back then, what a novel idea. I began to think of the wonderful tunes awaiting me once I could plug in the battery. "Sugar, Sugar" by The Archies, "Dizzy" by Tommy Roe, "Hair" from the Cowsills, "Bad Moon Rising" by CCR and even "In the Year 2525" by Zager and Evans (what was that all about?). I was so disappointed.
Christmas is to be a time of bliss not disappointment. However, what happens when life circumstances leaves you empty during the holidays? This year will not feel the same as years gone by. Steve will not be here, and many of you who have experienced loss feels the same. Do we dare celebrate when our hearts are broken? Yes! Here is why. The object of our celebration has not changed. It's the birth of Jesus. The day when hope, love and peace came into the world. It is a day when you can pray, keep in touch, forgive and love those who remain. Join me this Christmas day, though through tears at times, and rejoice in the birth of our Savior.
Have a Merry Christmas, wait a minute, I think I hear Tommy Joe White, yes it is "Polk Salad Annie".