By Nick Nunn, Columnist
As I grow older, Christmases seem to become a little less magical with each passing year. Call me the Grinch, but that’s just how it has felt to me for the past few holiday seasons.
Christmases since I’ve turned 20 or so have started to blur together a little bit in my memory, so that it is getting to the point that I can’t remember if Nan gave me that set of pajamas last year or the year before… However, even if the holidays at home are becoming a little predictable, the worst Christmas I spent in recent ages was the year that I was in Germany for Christmas.
Up to that point, I really didn’t know many people and the only thing that salvaged any hopes of having some semblance of a happy holiday season was a two-week trip from my best friend, Hamilton Richards, who flew up from his year abroad in Spain.
We didn’t do much except watch a whole lot of movies – not any Christmas movies from what I can remember – and I still ended up really missing my family and the time that I am usually able to spend with them around this time of year.
There really is something irreplaceable about being home for the holidays.
With that being the case, I’m really surprised by the schedule that the Morgan County basketball program keeps during the holiday break, which involves being away from home for most of the time that other kids are lazing around at the house.
For the week leading up to Christmas day and then from Dec. 26 onward, the Hoop Dogs are going to be here, there, and everywhere doing what they love.
Since that is the case, they are really in an enviable position. I mean, how many of us are really going to have the time to do what we want to do the most the day after Christmas? For most of us, it will be filled with leftovers, cleanup, in-laws, and – if you are especially unlucky – shopping.
Still, it’s a shame that they don’t get the opportunity to just lie around the house, still feeling the creeping malaise of a recently passed food coma. (That’s what I’ll be doing.)
To give that chance up is really something, and that shows just how much each and every member of the basketball program cares about what they are doing as a team.
And maybe, as a part of a holiday miracle, the team members will find that they have a family there with them, even if their relatives are still warm and nestled safely at home.
You might be getting this a day or so after Christmas, but, still, take the time to think about everything and everyone that is important to your life, and let them know how you feel.
And, if you can, forgive one person for something they did in the past year.
But just one.