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‘Tis the Season December 23, 2008

Posted by Brian L. Belen in Ramblings.
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The holidays are now in full swing, and I’ve forgotten how stressful it can be. Being away for the better part of four years allowed me to merely parachute home every holiday season, armed with gifts for those closest to me. Sure, as far as the world at large was concerned, I was nonexistent; but for all intents and purposes it was an uncomplicated yet fulfilling way to go about the holidays.

This year? Forget about it. I feel like I’ve hit the ground running, learning curve be damned. Between the unreasonable traffic, the difficulty (obligation?) of finding the just the right presents for family, friends and colleagues, and the conundrum of escalation — whether or not to reciprocate when, out of left field, someone gives you a present when you have none for them — it’s a wonder how this season can retain its holiday cheer. It’s hard to miss how commercialized, maybe even de rigueur Christmas has become, though I’ve arrived at a newfound respect for those rare individuals who are completely able to manage all the holiday trappings and still come out with their head on straight.

All the same, at its very core there’s still no better place to spend the holidays than here at home. The food is better. The company is irreplaceable. Best of all? The sense of joy upon seeing the look on others’ faces when you give them their presents, or receiving one yourself and realizing that someone kept you in their thoughts, too.

Yes, ’tis the season: that time of year to lose oneself in the hustle, the bustle, and hopefully all the things that really matter as well.

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