|You know that Blitzen.|
--We are still a great country despite what "some people" say. Yes, our present govt is aloof, stealthily trying to "change" everything, and so on. But the people are still, by and large, open, generous, love their families, work hard or want to work hard, get satisfaction from a job well done, and just generally carry on in their communities, churches, clubs, gyms, everyplace.
---Sure, we are loud, like parades, support the troops, give to charities hand over fist, and are a mixed lot--not blending together so much as being tossed together like elements in a salad.
--It's OK if you don't get along with everyone in your family. People somehow get the idea that if a person is "family," you must love and respect them. Sometimes you don't. It's sad, may feel like a failure, but it is life.
--Friends are not always lifelong, either. Sometimes someone comes into your life for a specific time--it has a lifespan, this relationship.
--Even children. You have such high expectations, you project some of you onto them, but it does not always turn out--they are not always little mini-yous. They have their own destiny.
This sounds so dire, so downbeat--but also remember...
YES THERE IS A SANTA CLAUS, AND HE REALLY COVERS THE GLOBE IN ONE NIGHT, AND HE IS JOLLY DESPITE THE COLD, LABOR ISSUES WITH THE ELVES, RUDOLPH'S SINUS PROBLEMS, AND BLITZEN'S HATRED OF AUTHORITY.
When Santa says, "On Donner and Blitzen," that rascal stops dead. He's like that. A lot of Americans are, too.