It takes a while for it to hit me, because my dad’s not walking through the door with the Christmas tree.
But it hits me … eventually.
It hits me when I see Charlie Brown and the rest of The Peanut Gang. It hits me when I see my kids decorating cookies with green and red M&Ms. It smacks me in the face when I’m laughing my ass off at Pete Schwetty, Mary Katherine Gallagher, and Justin Timberlake‘s Junk in The Box skits on Saturday Night Live.
But the one thing that always kicks it up a notch is the song. The song for my Guat People.
No it’s not I Wanna Wish You a Merry Christmas a.k.a. Feliz Navidad.
Nope. That’s too commercial.
This is Old School.
This is El Burrito Sabanero.
The Donkey Song.
The Donkey is a powerful thing.
No one would think a donkey song could bring out the ho-ho-ho spirit, but it does. It crushes whatever Grinch-like tendencies I may have had about Christmas trying beat down my beloved Thanksgiving Holiday.
I hear it and the Christmas Spirit is jumping. I hear it and it takes me back to my five-year old self, when I had pigtails and enjoyed waking up in the morning. It takes me back to my Union Elementary Holiday Program Days and wearing red. It takes me back to hanging out with my dysfunctional family, eating tamales, and playing Loteria. It takes me back to drinking that famous Guatemalan Ponche that my mom made every year. It takes me back to opening presents in my pajamas at midnight. It takes me back to La Vecindad — the old neighborhood and its people.
It rocks my Guat world and every year, Christmas doesn’t seem to start unless I blast that tune and do my little dance. I could be in the middle of a George Costanza life episode, and when I hear that tune the frustration, the anxiety, the anger, the whatever-it-is-I’m-feeling-at-that-moment disappears.
I raise the volume. I tap my feet. I nod my head, and it’s on.
The Christmas spirit is upon me. The Donkey is pretty powerful stuff.
Do you have any Christmas song power?
Let it smack you in the face and enjoy the eggnog. Being at the overcrowded mall fighting for parking is so much easier when you got it.