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I’m losing that holiday spirit


I was feeling all the holiday cheer. For the weeks after Thanksgiving, I immediately started submerging myself into the holiday.

I witnessed kids from needy families in the area joined by local police to buy gifts for their families in the city’s annual Shop With A Cop program. I changed my Pandora up to play exclusively holiday music for me. I went to the holiday parade, and I wished people hapy holidays and told stories of Santy Claus from back in the day, and all that other stuff.

But right now I’m just waiting for it all to over. I haven’t even had the television on to inundate me with holiday cheer and annoy the crap out of me.

But I guess when I was scanning through the FM stations yesterday and I kept hearing craptacular holiday song after craptacular holiday song – Johnny Mathis, James Taylor, Mariah Carey – it just hit me.

I’m ready for the new year to get here. I’m ready for non-holiday music and just good times and great friends. And I’m already thinking about what the new year means and how changes are awaiting us.

It really is symbolic, the whole starting-over thing. The end of the year is when you reflect on your triumphs and sorrows. I can safely say that I and a number of my loved ones have had a number of those this year. 2008 will never be remembered as the easiest year in history.

It’s sucked for everyone. We’ve shared in good times, but there’s also been a huge suck-factor.

So anyway, I’m just kind of ready for all of it to be over. But maybe I’ll get back into the spirit.

I volunteered to work on Christmas Day, which means Bellesouth Family Christmas will be a bit later than usual. (I’ll be driving to see the family on Christmas afternoon.) So in the next few days, when not working, I’ll be aggressively working my hooks and yarn and trying to finish all these scarves and hats and what-not as gifts. I’ll be trying not to wretch when James Taylor tells me he’ll be home for Christmas or when Mariah tells me all she wants for Christmas is me.

And I’ll be looking forward to a new year when I can start all over again.

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