Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas!

Christmas is my favorite time of year.  As I've grown older, I've become stoic about most holidays, but not Christmas.  I've long said that I can listen to Christmas music all year 'round (although the chestnuts stop roasting on the open fire around 8 p.m on the 25th).  Maybe it is just the warm memories of my youth.  My parents made Christmas special for my sister and me and I have very strong memories from nearly every past Christmas.  

Fast forward to today.  I now have two little ones and I am keen on creating those same good memories in them.  But dealing with the various stresses of Christmas - shopping, wrapping, cooking, traffic, holiday guests, etc. - I can understand why some people just aren't as fond of the season as I am.  The holiday noise level has escalated big time over the past several years.  Selfishly, I keep wanting to stop and shout, "what about me!?!" (Fortunately, I've learned to keep my mouth shut at those times.)

But what I've come to realize is that these holidays are what you make of them.  Everyone has a different set of traditions and it is important that we respect these differences in celebrating our own.  To that end, I wish you all a Merry Christmas - in whatever form it may take.  

And no Christmas is complete without a smile:

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