As I walk the sidewalks in town, I find a common theme. People are smiling, shopping, and enjoying a Christmas latte taking in the holiday spirit that is Coronado. Little do they know I am tiptoeing behind them wearing a green suit and a dastardly grin rolling my eyes at the horror that is Christmas.
Then something miraculous happens. I stop and listen to actual holiday cheer. People talking about how excited they are that their families are coming to visit. Children exclaiming how they can’t wait to see if Santa eats all the cookies they made. And “Blast this Christmas music! It’s joyful and triumphant.” (The Grinch). These are the things that bring the true spirit of Christmas. The sights. The sounds. The sheer wonder on a child’s face when parents explain how Santa delivers toys to children throughout the world in one night.
Our home that is Coronado brings out the best in us this time of year. There are families who have loved ones away in the military, yet our neighbors are here to help and give a hug. Lots of us are separated by distance from friends and family, and no matter the age, it makes it just a little lonelier. Yet you can walk out your front door and know that someone is there to make you smile and invite you in.
I think I get lost each year in the hustle and bustle of holiday shopping and the feeling that stores, and TV bring Christmas earlier every year. Time to look beyond the commercial ingredient of this special holiday and know that Christmas is something much more. This is a thank you note to Coronado from a self-labeled Grinch.
Thank you for the warmth and love of each neighbor. The incredible happiness that Candy Cane Lane brings each year. The shop owners who bring Christmas to Orange Avenue in their windows. The bright lights in each yard and the people at The Del that make the oceanside look like a winter wonderland.
“Christmas day will always be just as long as we have we.”
VOL. 112, NO. 51 - Dec. 21, 2022