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'Tis The Season

While more PROmote work awaits my attention, I made my way through enough of it this afternoon to indulge in a bit of relaxation tonight. A chilly visit to the Flamingo Loft yielded my existing stock of Christmas cards and enough decorations to add a light, festive flair to my surroundings. I haven't decided yet whether or not I'll put up the rope light palm tree that served so well a couple of years back, nor if I'll retrieve ornaments or additional decorations from the loft. I have my sock to hang on my bedroom door -- that's the part I simply couldn't do without this year. Could that be due to the fact that it's the same sock that shows up in a Christmas picture taken when I was five months old? Yeah, could be.

I have a curiously delicate, resilient, and utterly selfish way of dealing with Christmas. While I'm not able to do everything that would bring me joy during any given Christmas holiday season, I take a no-obligation, low-stress, focus on the joy approach to the day. Some years, that translates into doing a lot -- cards, shopping, presents, music, baking, travel, and more. Other years, less so. The bottom line is that I do next to nothing because the season requires it, and I refuse to stress out over what I have or haven't done any given year.

This year, my attention was focused on Smofcon through last weekend. Between my work calendar, the ever-increasing mileage on my car, budget issues, and winter weather realities, I decided several weeks ago that my Christmas plans wouldn't include a trip to Michigan this year. I've been trying to fit one in since October, but I'm trying to be sensible about it, too.

Interrupt for a few more hours of work, resulting in the remarkably welcome Dreamweaver message: "Validation: "No errors or warnings found. [XHTML 1.0 strict]" Sweet!

While I was working, I received an invitation to an Open House friends are hosting on Christmas Day. Yay! Here's hoping the weather gets all of its December annoyance out of its system and cooperates come the day. If it does, I'll wake up here, open my sock, and then head out spend the rest of the day with friends. That means rescheduling my plan to watch Helvetica that day. lsanderson sent the DVD my way as a Happy Smofcon/Merry Christmas prezzie pretty much as soon as it was released in late November. Christmas Eve should work -- one of the Fitzgerald family traditions is opening and using one present from out-of-town on Christmas Eve. Even though I've already opened this one (since it was in celebration of Smofcon, too), watching in that night seems just the thing.

So, yes, I'm making my way through yet another holiday season. Last Saturday, I had the pleasure of giving Chanukah prezzies to the members of Smofcon at smofbabe's Chanukah celebration. I bagged up kosher PEZ dispensers, one per person. That was fun! I'm not Jewish, but I've enjoyed Chanukah candles since first watching them burn at fredcritter's apartment nearly 25 years ago.

I'd have to say I'm more Christian than not, though that's more a reflection of my upbringing than adult involvement in any particular organized religion Christian or otherwise. I love the magic and spirit of Christmas in both its secular and religious aspects. I also wish it weren't so thoroughly embedded in America's history and culture -- I wish there was *some* escaping it...well, more than there is, anyway. I like sharing holiday traditions, not inflicting them on others -- friends, loved ones, and strangers alike. Christmas is so dominant that it's hard to share with anyone. It's hard to share with non-Christians who have spent their lives having it shoved down their throats, and it's also hard to share with Christians, for most of them (us) bring a lifetime of expectation to the day. I do my best to find and create Christmas joy in my own ways each year, whatever those ways turn out to be. This year...this year Christmas is looking pretty darned fine, pretty darned joyous and magical in relaxed and comfortable sorts of ways. Here's hoping that holds true through the coming week as well as the holiday itself.

Yay! Plow Guy arrived at 1:05am. Any bets on whether driveway will still be clear come morning?

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marahsk
Dec. 17th, 2007 09:49 am (UTC)
I love the magic and spirit of Christmas in both its secular and religious aspects. I also wish it weren't so thoroughly embedded in America's history and culture -- I wish there was *some* escaping it...well, more than there is, anyway. I like sharing holiday traditions, not inflicting them on others -- friends, loved ones, and strangers alike. Christmas is so dominant that it's hard to share with anyone. It's hard to share with non-Christians who have spent their lives having it shoved down their throats, and it's also hard to share with Christians, for most of them (us) bring a lifetime of expectation to the day. I do my best to find and create Christmas joy in my own ways each year, whatever those ways turn out to be.

Beautifully put.
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gerisullivan
Dec. 17th, 2007 05:28 pm (UTC)
Exactly. Thanks! Brief, precise, and, best of all, it demonstrates its message rather than telling it.
maruad
Dec. 17th, 2007 06:43 pm (UTC)
Even my boys, who are desperately awaiting Christmas Day, complain there is too much Christmas themed stuff from all the Christmas specials on Teletoon and YTV to their school playing Christmas caroles on the school intercom all last week. For a school in a multicultural, multiracial and multidenominational neighbourhood that last item is most disappointing. If my kids hadn't caused so much trouble already this year, I would be complaining (the last thing I need is for them to get suspended for fighting...boys... remind me how long it takes for them to get over puberty).
minnehaha
Dec. 18th, 2007 01:18 am (UTC)
boys... remind me how long it takes for them to get over puberty

Fifty-two years. Sometimes longer.

K.
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