Soon and Very Soon

Christmas Eve. The wait is just about over.

Tonight, we will gather with family and friends. I will be with my extended family at my cousin Joe’s house, where there will be mounds of food and pile of gifts. We will celebrate our ability to be together, even as we mourn those who are not with us. At some point, Santa will make an appearance, as he has every year in my memory. (The consequence of being part of a large Italian family is that year after year there are always children of an age to believe in Santa Claus.) There will be merriment. There will be joy. There will be love.

And, while we bask in the joy of celebrating with our loved ones, let us pause to remember what it is that brings us together. In the words of the popular song:

Soon and very soon we are going to see the king
Soon and very soon we are going to see the king
Soon and very soon we are going to see the king
Hallelujah, halelujha, we’re going to see the king

No more cryin there, we are going to see the king
No more cryin there, we are going to see the king
No more cryin there, we are going to see the king
Hallelujah, we’re going to see the king

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