All those decorations sit in boxes in the attic. The oven sits unused. There will be no one coming home this year, just the two of us in a quiet house, and the ghosts of Christmas past.
The music in the Charlie Brown Christmas Special, like the song posted by Borepatch, is mostly in a minor key. A little plaintive. But in the end, it is about hope and finding Christmas in unexpected ways.
I was going to the range last week and she asked me to "look for a Charlie Brown tree". I found one on the back side of the berms and cut it with a machete. We put it in plastic flowerpot filled with rocks and she put tinsel on it. Our decorating for the year is complete.
It is in others ways that I continue to hope and believe in the coming of the Christ into the world.