At some point I will have to tell the tale of these past few days: dozens of papers and more dozens of final exams to grade, daycares closing without any warning whatsoever days before everything shuts down for the holidays, possible shady dealings suspicions of which I cannot relate without libel attacks, possibly 15 million Christmas parties, and a departure for France ALL IN THE SAME WEEK.
I had to cancel a couple of the Christmas parties. No one has mentioned how much my presence was sorely missed, alas. Maybe they are just relieved not to have me near the party chocolate so that everyone else can get some?
Although that isn’t fair, because I have one redeeming quality as a party guest: I always bring chocolate. I like to think it makes up for my lack of cocktail conversation.
Given the crazy moment I’m in, I have only been able to collect a few thoughts for this holiday season, and they are:
1) Is it just me, or are the marketing efforts to make a Lexus look like the season’s hottest holiday gift hilarious and insane at the same time?
I believe I should start another blog, and it will be called “Are You Nuts?”, and it will be my reaction to this kind of thing.
However, as you’ve noticed, I’m not doing so good keeping up with this blog, so there you go. Another good idea failed for lack of the 99% perspiration.
2) Thought 2, kind of related to thought 1, but not entirely. This is adapted from some phrase I’ve seen on the internet. I can’t remember how it goes, but the idea is: For this holiday season, take a moment to look around you and in you and dwell on all the things you have for which you would not take money. You wouldn’t take a million for them. You can’t even conceive of putting a price on them, and you certainly wouldn’t sell them for any price. (Note: You can NOT think about what you don’t have during this exercise. That’s not allowed. Think about what you HAVE.)
Think about those things, and then throw your chin up into the freezing air (or whatever temperature your own locale happens to be, tropical blog friends) and embrace them, and embrace your life while you’re at it.
And have a very joyous life.
I was going to say “have a very joyous holiday season”, but then I thought, Hey, why stop there?
Happy Holidays everyone and Happy New Year!