Costa Mesa's Christmas and Hanukkah decorations are up in most of the familiar places around town, but they've had to pull some extra duty this year. Usually, the reindeer, giant candles, Santas, elves, menorahs, and light displays can't fail to bring on the familiar magic of the season—and if ever they don't do the trick, the evocative sounds of the carols and holiday pop tunes usually will.

But this year, all the seasonal regalia's power to enchant has had to overcome a drumbeat of less than jolly news—distressing headlines and bulletins with statistics that could have been written by the Grinch himself. Yet, as this weekend's unexpectedly resurgent shopping activity suggests, in the end, the buoyancy of the holiday spirit may be impossible to dampen. A couple of other bright spots bear that out.

One has to do with an absence of the annual complaint that materialism is destroying Christmas—a grumble that's been all but forgotten this year. That might be at least partially connected to this year's parcel delivery snags—after all, if packages are a little late to arrive, how important is it? Especially when family gatherings can't include everyone we wish, the reality of what's truly important becomes more than just a greeting card sentiment. It dissipates some of the deadline pressure that goes with last-minute gift scrambles. This year, in contrast with the truly weighty matters we've been coping with, the gift-giving part steps down a peg or two.

The other bright spot is the children—as eager and excited as ever at the timely appearance of the nighttime neighborhood light displays, gingerbread houses, cookies, candy cane-laden Christmas trees, and all the rest. It's often said that the season is really mostly for the children, which is always hard to argue with. But in this fretful year, it couldn't be clearer that the children are the most dependable bearers of the season's magic—certainly, they can be trusted to remind their elders of the delight it awakens every year.

Here's hoping that your Yuletide celebrations can't help but bring heaping helpings of happiness and joy—as well as a confident feeling that next year will look brighter than ever!

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