A Christmas Wish


Merry Christmas 🎅 🎄 ☃️🎁❄✨⭐ everybody!!!!! We all need a little Christmas spirit in our lives. So, you better not be naughty. Not now anyway.

I could go off on the NHL right now due to my thoughts on how the league is handling the COVID Protocol. But why bother? If they want to continue to push games back until at least next Tuesday, December 27th as of this writing, then go right ahead.

While somehow the NBA plays with much fewer rotation players in light of the mild Omicron variant along with the NFL still going about business, hockey is being extremely cautious due to the overly strict rules in Canada. That could become a serious issue that damages the regular season due to the traditional divisions.

But let’s leave all of that for another day. Later today is Christmas. For all my Canadian friends struggling to even see family, my heart goes out to you. Best wishes. Make the best of it. To anyone here who have had their plans ruined, don’t let it tarnish this day.

‘Tis the season

For Believing

And daydreaming

Let it be the reason

We spread holiday cheer

As Santa’s reindeer are near

Full of gifts for all

As the pretty lights shine above

Inspiring us to have a ball

Shining stars always spread love

I have a Christmas wish

That made my list

For hockey to return

And bring dangles, dekes, goals and saves

As the crowd rises up

Singing holiday cheers with a shot cup

Oh Santa comes down our chimney

And leaves our stockings full

Like the Christmas cookies we left

Saint Nick will laugh and bellow ho, ho, ho

To his reindeer and little helpers

As they take off in the gray skies

Suddenly snowflakes will magically appear

To be seen this morning

Bringing smiles and laughter everywhere

That indeed it is a white Christmas

For all who believe in the magic

And one day the puck will drop

Once again on the ice very soon

We’ll get through it I promise

And feel as high as the moon

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas

May God bless us all on this day

About Derek Felix

Derek Felix is sports blogger whose previous experience included separate stints at ESPN as a stat researcher for NHL and WNBA telecasts. The Staten Island native also interned for or hockey historian Stan Fischler and worked behind the scenes for MSG as a production assistant on New Jersey Devil telecasts. An avid New York sports fan who enjoys covering events, writing, concerts, movies and the outdoors, Derek has covered consecutive Staten Island Yankees NY Penn League championships in '05 and '06. He also scored Berkeley Carroll high school basketball games from '06-14 and provided an outlet for the Park Slope school's student athletes. Hitting Back gives them the publicity they deserve. In his free time, he also attends Ranger games and is a loyal St. John's alum with a sports management degree. The Battle Of Hudson administrator and chief editor can be followed below on Twitter and Facebook.
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