Memories and Holiday Wishes


I am with family today, as I’m sure many of you are as well.  I’m not going to write a long post because, well, I don’t really feel like it.  But I did want to wish all of you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

As many of you know, I’m Jewish.  My wife is not, and we observe Hanukkah, but we really celebrate Christmas more.  In part that’s because, even as a kid, Hanukkah was not a big part of my life.  My parents, both Jewish, celebrated Christmas, because that was what many Jewish families did back in the 50s, 60s, and 70s in order to fit in.  It never bothered me; I liked it, really.  And it left me with a childhood filled with fun Christmas morning memories.  Like when I was eight and I came downstairs to find a huge Hot Wheels track — bright orange plastic, held together by those weird magenta-colored plastic tongues — set up under the tree, winding among the gifts of my older siblings and parents.  Or the year when my oldest brother, who is 15 years older than I am, and the closest thing to a music-listening mentor I’ve ever had, gave me the LP of the Rolling Stones’ Exile on Main Street, with all the lyrics typed out by hand and a note attached saying “I think you’re ready for this.”

Christmas, of course, is about more than gifts.  I’m not a religious person (in any faith), and so the holiday means something different to me than it does to devout Christians.  But gifts like the ones I remember most clearly from those Christmas’s of my youth and adolescence were not about material goods.  They were truly expressions of love, of sharing, of expressing through the tradition of gift-giving the bonds that held my family together.  That is what those memories mean to me.  And it seems to me that at their best that is what Christmas gifts ought to be about.

And so I wish you a holiday filled with love, with beloved family and good friends, and, yes, with gifts that will linger in your memory long after the wrapping paper is thrown away and the tree is taken down.

I look forward to sharing MW with all of you in the New Year.

David B. Coe

10 comments to Memories and Holiday Wishes

  • Best to you and yours, David. Wishing you all good things for 2013.

  • May all have a happy and safe one, filled with joy and loved ones, whichever you observe, however you celebrate it. 🙂

  • Vyton

    David, the very best for 2013, and to all the MW folks, be happy and safe.

  • Hugs to you and yours. Happy Merry Joyous to everyone!

  • Nathan Elberg

    Enjoy your holiday season.
    If by ‘observing’ Hanukkah you mean watching it go by, that makes sense. Because the whole holiday is about resisting integration, about refusing to fit in; resistance is NOT futile. Hanukkah is about the miracle of the few being able to stand up to the many. A family that celebrates both Hanukkah and Christmas is merely giving a token nod to the former.
    And if Christmas is just a celebration of the joy of sharing and exchanging gifts rather than celebrating the birth of Jesus, it too will be lost. A building stripped of its internal structure will be blown apart by shifting winds, be they of political correctness, secular fundamentalism, or the demands of intolerant zealots who consider Christians to be infidels.
    Celebrate your holidays, for sure. Perhaps you can enhance you enjoyment by touching their deeper meanings.
    All the best.

  • Happiest of holidays to you, my dear friend!

  • Razziecat

    Happy Holidays–Holy Days–to everyone at Magical Words. Some of the best gifts I have ever received came to me from this site. I want to thank you all for your generosity and all the work you put into this site. It means more than I can express. Blessed Be! 🙂

  • Happy Holidays to everyone!

  • Happy holidays, everyone!

    Whatever you believe in, I think it’s a wonderful time to be around friends and family, eat drink and be merry. To me, it’s all about celebrating the light in a time of darkness. 🙂 Best to you and your family, David!

  • Happy Holidays to everyone!
    Couple of year end columns of The Exploding Spaceship on bullspec which feature magical words authors:

    David, Faith, Kalayna and AJ are on there. Our column just started in Nov and we will have one in the print issue coming out in Jan with an interview with Toni Weisskopf. Please comment on the online column.

    Best Wishes to Everyone!