Friday, October 17, 2008

The Holiday Season

It is always around this time of the year that I feel the holiday season begins. Some would say the holiday season begins with Thanksgiving and ends with New Years, but for me the coming of the Halloween decorations and aisles of trick or treat candy in the stores is the real start of this festive time. Everything just feels different. The days are shorter, with darkness falling earlier each day, and everywhere I go I'm in the mood for end of the year fun. Things seem more pleasant and less stressful to me, like the whole world is taking a break from the rest of the year. Football season adds to it all too, of course. Now, some are stressed out this time of year, but to me it has an air of unreality, an illusion that is shattered at by the beginning of January when it's all "back to business".

So, I will enjoy it while it lasts, and I hope to post some things in the days ahead appropriate to each holiday. There will be a little fiction, some ghost stories (for All Hallows Eve) and the return of our atheist and the bear saga. Plus true stories of Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays past.

So make some hot tea or cocoa and gather round the computer screen. I'll see you there!

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