One of the best things about this blog is that people all over the world read it and many of them comment, too. And so at this time of the year, while I realize that many people who do not celebrate Christmas are reading, it gives me the chance to celebrate the traditions of many of our players and also the country they play in, as well as my own. For me, Christmas is so much more than a religious holiday. It’s about forgetting yourself and spreading goodwill and, just for a day or two every year, seeing the humanity in one another.
|Charlie Brown always asks the important questions...|
So with the derby on Sunday, it’s quite clear that our players were unable to give us what we really wanted for Christmas. In fact, this whole year seems like our favorite club gave us coal in our stocking over and over and over again. And then maybe evicted our family on Christmas Eve and repo’d the family car and maybe even more. Which means that all we have left is each other, and our inexplicable love of AC Milan.
As much as we’d like to have all of our Christmas Wishes filled, like we talked about on the last podcast with Derek, the prognosis is not very good. But Christmas isn’t about what we get, anyway, it’s what we give. So this Christmas, let’s give each other the kind of support that only Milanisti can give to one another. Let’s see if we can find any good things about this year and share them here. It may be the only Milan gifts we get this year, we are just re-gifting them in the comment section.
|This is what Christmas looks like at Milanello|
So dig deep, think hard, and tell us what you think the best Milan things are that happened this year. And I’m not talking about Traore or Antonini leaving. I mean good things that happened. Like Kaká’s first goal back at Milan. Or De Jong’s amazing return from injury. We may have to dig a lot deeper to find the good in things, but I believe in all of you. In fact, all of you are one of the very best things about Milan for me. Sharing Milan with all of you this past year is definitely the best Milan thing that happened to me this year.
And when you’re done helping us reminisce, feel free to spread the love in the rest of your life – with friends, family, or even yourself. Certainly you deserve a little extra TLC this year – have a nice meal, a treat, a drink, or whatever gives you a little happiness. And then try to spread a little of that happiness to your neighbors or maybe even strangers. After all, it really isn’t as much about what you get (although you can share that here, too!) The most important part of Christmas is sharing goodwill with others. We may not have a lot to be happy about with our club, but we can be happy together. After all, that’s what Christmas is all about.
Buon Natale! Merry Christmas!
This post inspired by the music of the Vince Guaraldi Trio