I've never actually experienced a group of carolers before, until today. Sure - I've seen them in movies and on tv, but I never before heard an actual group of roving singers singing Xmas songs.
Here's what happened:
I work in a hospital, and I was busy doing my work, with my door shut as usual, when I heard what sounded like live singing coming down the hallway. It was getting louder and louder, and I thought that there is no way that could be fake. I opened the door, and there was the group: various nurse managers and volunteers singing their hearts out from these Xmas songs. I really hoped the patients enjoyed the singing.
As for me, I suddenly had a strong urge to put up a mezuzah on my office door.
This is a funny season. I actually love this time of year: buildings and parks and roadways are decorated nicely, cooking and parties rule the day, everyone has giftgiving and sharing on their minds, and tv programs and movies are all about families and reconciliations and getting together. It's a wonderful feeling. I wish the world enjoyed this feeling more often. But it's not for me. It's not my holiday, not my season. And yet, I revel in it. I savor every decoration, every cooking show, every magazine cover. Maybe it's because it's an "other" for me - after all, I don't have to deal with decorating my house and buying presents for 50 people and making it bigger and better than last year. As a matter of fact, I just wrapped up an awesome Chanukah holiday, if you ask me!!!
And on December 26, I always feel a little deflated. Like - that's it? After all that build up, that's it? They get that one day, and then it's back to work? What do you take with you for the rest of the year? What did you learn from this holiday that you didn't know before? How are you spiritually higher?
So I sit back, happy to be just a spectator in someone else's good time. But like today, I am constantly reminded that it's not MY holiday. Even if I like the music (no wonder why since my co-religionists composed many of the popular songs!), and the food (make it kosher!), and the decor.
Instead, I'll start planning for an awesome Tu B'Shvat 2011...