A Hippopotamus For Christmas

Wanda Holderman: December 17, 20070 Comments

"I want a hippopotamus for Christmas, only a hippopotamus will do.......there's lots of room for him in our two-car garage, I'd feed him there and wash him there and give him a massage.......no crocodiles or rhinoceroseses.....only a hippopotamus will do!"......those are some of the outrageous lyrics to an old Christmas song that tickle me everytime I hear it, and as the lyrics of another song remind us "It's the most wonderful time of the year!".

 I do love this hoilday and go crazy with decorations in and around our home (my precious husband has instructed me to cease, but to no avail). We've attended 15 parties to date, eaten too much, spent too much, listened to countless renditions of Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire, participated in "feel-good acts of charity", enjoyed special faith-based services, and wished many a "Merry Christmas"....I'm tired, happy, and thankful.

In healthcare, Christmas can have some curoius ramifications....get your elective surgery and/or procedure in before the end of the year because the deductible starts over in 2008, watch the sugar intake to avoid the diabetic coma, and by all means, don't eat Aunt Martha's special baklava all in one sitting as the Emergency Room triage staff will be hard-pressed to move you up on the priority list with an upset tummy!

Blessings to all and best wishes for 2008!