Christmas Eve was overcast and, when I went downtown
to take care of last minute errands, the city seemed just as gray.
Only a few people were around and, without the usual hustle,
the buildings looked abandoned, which they were.
The bustle of last minute shopping had taken itself to the outskirts
of the city, where the traffic stood in line
at the intersections and people stood in line at the stores.
I made my way through the traffic, avoided most of the congestion
in the stores, and came home to wrap my presents and
to talk with friends and family before I watched "A Christmas Story"
on TV. As always, I laughed at scenes as though I'd never
seen the movie before, as I'm certain I'll laugh when
I see the movie next year. The critics didn't like it
when it first came out, but the people have spoken.
It's a classic.