By Jon Keller, WBZ Political EditorBy Jon Keller

BOSTON (CBS) – As the old song goes, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year,” these days leading up to Christmas.

Isn’t it?

If your answer is, it doesn’t feel very much like it, you are not alone.

Listen to Jon’s commentary

Between the late Thanksgiving shortening the season and the recent spell of nasty weather turning shopping and commuting into a holiday headache, I don’t blame you if you’re having trouble getting into the spirit of the season.

Trying to make my way around the city yesterday in nasty traffic, I saw quite a few gestures being exchanged that conveyed something other than peace on earth and goodwill toward men.

But it’s only the Friday before, still plenty of time to “be of good cheer.” Allow me to be of some assistance.

Think back to how we felt last April, after the killers struck.

As a general rule we’re a very independent-minded group of people here in New England, and while we can be endlessly generous and supportive when the situation demands it, that true spirit of community doesn’t always take hold so easily.

But last spring, we were all under attack, just as we were as a nation on 9-11. We rallied around the victims, the first responders, and each other.

A less-serious but still meaningful version of the same feeling came from the Red Sox’ miracle season, which we were able to celebrate without incident, in itself a tribute to our community spirit.

Most of the snow and ice will be gone by Monday.

Maybe this will turn out to be the most wonderful time of the year after all.

You can listen to Keller At Large on WBZ News Radio every weekday at 7:55 a.m. You can also watch Jon on WBZ-TV News.



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