THE YULETIDE SPIRIT!
By Neel Anil Panicker
Brightly bedecked streets choc-a-bloc with festooned lights, star spangled lightings dangling from every rooftop and window, swaying in the soft breeze ala a mother’s lullaby; the shops, all decked up like a newly wed bride; all over as far as the eye can see an avalanche of psychedelic lights, adding extra gloss to the gala atmosphere that’s spread like wild fire all overt the city and its environs.
Yes, it’s the yuletide spirit all over___that merry year ending fun filled frosty fortnight when the world and her nanny suddenly discover how much they love one another.
I wriggle past the merry faces of the revelers, past Papa John’s, past Ceasar’s Club, past all the happening downtown spots___leaving behind me smell of baked cookies and hot chocolate cakes.
I’m past Second Avenue, and in no time I’m in front of the red brick building that houses the my life’s love __the delectably delightful Julie.
I wear my warmest smile and step in.
Santa’s come home come with bagfuls of Christmas gifts.
I wonder how she’d react.
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