Thursday, December 25th, 2003
It may or may not come as a surprise to those who know me, but I’m actually pretty big on Christmas. Not any of the religious aspects of it – I’m about as secular as you get – but the general societal festiveness of it all. There’s an energy about this time of the year that I enjoy – beneath the frazzled nerves of haggard last-minute shoppers, I think there’s some genuine good feelings going on. Whether it’s the time off from work, seeing family and friends, giving and receiving gifts or maxing out the credit card on Boxing Day, there’s always stuff to look forward to and enjoy. I like the symbolic fresh start of the New Year, a chance to reflect on that which has been and put it behind you and look ahead to the future. Since I’ve moved back into a residential area, I get to see Christmas lights and decorations and whatnot on the houses – it’s cheery. It’s just a fun time of year. Of course, I am one of those who never gets his shopping done on time or has any idea what to get people, but that doesn’t really weigh on me. Christmas is as commercial, frustrating and exhausting as you let it be. Just sit back and enjoy. Ho ho ho.
Oh yeah – wanna know what I got for Christmas?
You wish you were me. Admit it.