While it may be Festivus for some, for many it’s the final weekend before Christmas, so I figured I’d better get this post in today vs. tomorrow. Because I’ve done time in retail, I know that some of you still aren’t done shopping. (These men are much more sober than the ones I remember in the ’80s)
As expected, things have slowed down in our little world after an unusually busy December. With the weekend approaching—fast for the folks who’ve procrastinated, slowly for children and the folks who have to work today and tomorrow—I figured I’d post this a little earlier than usual.
Yesterday was the winter solstice, and that means that each day we’ll get just a little more sunlight than the day before. I need not remind anyone here what that means in terms of spring and baseball. (And if I do, what the hell are you doing here?!?!)
But it also signifies the beginning of some sort of holiday for multiple faiths and/or creeds for the next month. So whatever your reason for the season, please celebrate safely and in moderation.
And reach out to your friends, loved ones, and family (yes, you have to) and share what you can spare with those who have less.
The weather sure doesn’t seem like it, but it’s almost time for the final Friday of December, which is Christmas for some, December 25th to others, and a day off for most people outside of the retail and restaurant industries.
As I’ve done the past few years, my post-solstice wish is that by the time you read this, you’ve checked off everything on your list, have arrived at your preferred place to be, and can spend time with folks who you want to be with (and, ideally, vice-versa ;-).
Be happy, stay safe, and be grateful. Regardless of your religion or your beliefs, it’s a sentiment that applies to everyone, everywhere no matter what the season.
No, really — we wish you the best for whatever holiday tradition you observe, be it religious or secular (and if you’re American, it’s probably both). More importantly, my hope is that by the time you read this, you’re at your desired destination and spending time with who you want to be with, or who wants to be with you.
Remember that the rituals and traditions that you do this time of year are what those who love you will remember you by. Like getting pizza on Christmas Eve, which was a big deal because we rarely got takeout food. Yet what I wouldn’t give to have one of my Mom’s semi-homemade efforts.
Anyway, be safe and be happy today, tomorrow, and always.
With the blitz of retailers trying to “make up” for the shortened holiday season, let’s hope that by the time you read this, you’re done with all your shopping and are somewhere safe and away from the throngs, enjoying the company of whomever you choose (or not) while celebrating in moderation.
And as you should each and every day, be grateful for what you have, spare what you don’t need to those who do, and just be kind to others (even if they’re related to you 😉
Whatever your felicitation — Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanzaa, Solstice, Festivus — please make it safe, healthful, and enjoyable for you and yours across the Natmosphere. It’s been an eventful week, if not an interesting year, and a pleasure to use my profession to share my passion with all of you in 2011.