To the editor:
These are the sounds of Christmas:
• The smack of an open hand on a child’s face and the thud of a closed fist on a spouse’s jaw.
• The whirring of a toy helicopter, the beat of a toy drum, the cries of wonder and joy.
• The gurgle of whiskey emptied by an angry child into his parent’s toilet.
• The soothing melodies of Christmas music.
• The sad words of a simple prayer for help.
• The upbeat voices of relatives on the telephone.
• The panicky words of a 911 call.
• The patting on the backs of relatives wrapped in hugs.
• The sighs and cries of the lonely.
• The child shyly thanking everybody for her gifts.
• The rumble of empty stomachs.
• The spoken prayer of thanks for a bountiful meal.
• The tell-tale popping of corks on wine bottles, the fizzing of first beers.
• The slams of car doors, the ringing of door bells, the greetings of neighbors and friends.
• The sounds of silence.
• Grace said. Snores of the fed.
• Unheard cries for help, a meal, a bed.
These are a few of the sounds of Christmas.