For many, the holidays are a time of rushing around and a sense of foreboding. All too often it seems like we view what is supposed to be a time of merriment, and cheer towards one another, as quite the opposite. I know in my own experience that forced frivolity with distant relatives or a spouse’s colleagues can be a bit of a chore – all that nonsensical small talk. And trying to catch up with people you only see annually can be trying – after all, if you were close to these people – wouldn’t you see them more than once a year?
So this year, my wife and I are traveling for the holidays, heading south to be with both of our parents, my brother and his wife and their children, my niece and nephew. It also happens to be both dads’ birthdays – so there are lots of things to celebrate. And we’re planning an old fashioned, formal New Year’s Eve – tuxedos and evening gowns (we’ll start out with the guys in the tuxes and the ladies in the gowns – once the cocktail hour begins though – all bets are off). I love socializing in small groups like this– so the thread of conversation goes beyond the weather – and that infamous ice breaker so often heard at cocktail parties, “So, what do you do?” Does it really matter? Does anyone really care? Are we just asking so we can get our turn to talk about ourselves? So without further adieu, let’s look at some things we love on the holidays – both the sincere and the sarcastic:
- The scent of mulled cider
- The scent of old Uncle Harvey
- The quiet times of reflection after the holiday chaos has died down
- Reliving holidays through the eyes of a child
- Frenzied look on the faces of last minute shoppers
- Frenzied look on the faces of the retail clerks trying to serve those last minute shoppers
- Other people’s screaming children
- Your screaming children
- TSA security pat downs
- The first snowfall of the season – unless it delays our flight Holiday lights and decorations
- Remembering loved ones no longer with us
From all of us at Snowbound Software, Merry Christmas, Feliz Navidad, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzza, and a very Happy New Year!