Monday, December 04, 2006

The Anticipation of Christmas

Viewed from space, 56 Voorhees Place emits a spectacular solar rainbow.

“Christmas is the time of year when people of all religions come together and worship Jesus Christ.’
-- Bart Simpson

Have you heard of this little holiday called “Christmas?” It’s a big thing here in central New Jersey, where many homeowners decorate their houses and lawns with festive lights, symbolizing the stars that centuries ago guided the wise men to the cradle of our savior. Russian cosmonauts, looking down over Metuchen, might notice a particularly colorful patch of lawn – that would be 56 Voorhees Place, home of the Clarks of New Jersey. (I just ran outside at 9:09 p.m. in my slippers to snap the above photo.)

Theo’s excitement for Dec. 25 is contagious. He studies the toy catalogs with intense concentration – like a gambler at the track might study the Daily Racing Forum. He has strong convictions about Santa’s ability to deliver certain toys. And mom and dad love the idea that right now, in the bathroom closet, there's a package of wooden toy trains that will consume his little four-year-old body with a joy that is primal and massive.

Meanwhile, Natalie runs around, experimenting with her vocal cords. She has no way of understanding this jolly ritual.

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