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SANTA FE – Does Christmas season seem different to you this year?
I’ve noticed a difference so far. In the past we’ve seen grumpy old men complain about how Christmas has been stolen away from Christians and how Christmas is so commercial that the true meaning has been lost.
This year we hear every day about how well retail sales are going and how much higher they are over last year. And now, Black Friday has been augmented by Cyber Monday, and two weeks later, Green Monday.
But the biggest difference is the Republican presidential race. With caucuses and primary elections getting started immediately after the New Year, there doesn’t seem to be time for a Christmas break.
The airwaves are full of talk about who is ahead in the polls this week and who bombed the worst in the last debate. And then there are the negative ads for the presidential race.
Our primary isn’t until June but since New Mexicans almost always seem to predict the winner, candidates still want to influence us.
We’ll be spending Christmas in Phoenix again this year. That’s no big change. It’s easier on the kids and grandkids and our son-in-law usually is on call at Mayo Hospital on Christmas Day.
The difference this year is that Jeanette and I no longer look forward to a white Christmas.
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