Merry Christmas Chenango County!

Brian Golden

A preliminary warning to all you Scrooges out there … don’t read this blog. And before I continue, I feel truly sorry for all those who can’t take a moment to be thankful for what they have this holiday season. Believe it or not, there are a lot of people out there who have it a helluva lot worse and you should be grateful. Me? I have my health, a wonderful family and – more than anything else this year – I’m looking forward to a spectacular Christmas with my lady and the kids.

Well, it’s two days to Christmas and I’m proud to say my shopping is 99.9 percent done. Which is, in fact, a record of sorts for me. Simply put, this will be the first year I can ever remember that I won’t be shopping last-minute on Christmas Eve. Just a few more items to pick up this afternoon and then it’s all about family, relaxation and … eggnog! Unbelievably, I haven’t had a single glass of eggnog yet this year, which is both depressing and just wrong, to say the least.

And now … exciting new releases I was able to experience for the first time this week. Namely Ridley Scott’s “Alien” prequel-of-sorts, “Prometheus,” and Peter Jackson’s first installment of J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit.” Both directors offered up trailers for their respective films this week and – even better – both are spaced out nicely. Scott’s sci-fi thriller will be in theaters this June (can’t wait), while Jackson’s furry-footed adventure will come to the big screen in December of 2012 (also can’t wait). Now if they’d only put together a film adaptation of Robert Jordan’s “Wheel of Time” novels, my life would be complete. Then again, I can’t see many actors wanting to sign-on for what would be – at the minimum – a series of ten or twelve, four hour-plus movies … but I can hope, right?

Anyway, back to Christmas. I must admit I’m a little boo-hoo about the lack of fluffy white stuff on the ground this year, but I’m holding out for a last minute miracle. It just doesn’t seem like the holiday proper without snow and that’s why I could never live down south year long. What can I say? I like my white Christmas. Once the New Year has come and gone, however, it can go straight to spring. I may be a tad sentimental when it comes to the holidays but I’m no glutton for punishment, okay?

And with that, a very Merry Christmas and/or Happy Holiday to all our Evening Sun readers. Next week we’ll be wrapping up 2011 (and I’ll be hip-deep in Progress Chenango) and then it’s on to bigger and better things in 2012. Here’s hoping that Santa Claus is good to everybody and don’t forget the milk and cookies!