12-22-2013. Journal Entry   2 comments

Well, we have two more days of this Christmas insanity to deal with.  The pressures seem to be building among the family members with minor bickering and annoyances taking over.  It’s the  typical holiday syndrome suffered by hundreds of thousands of families over the years and has actually become a rich traditional part of the American Christmas holiday experience.

As luck would have it, today is my day off.  My better-half, her son visiting from Raleigh, her daughter, and the grandson are preparing for their last shopping foray north to L.L. Bean in Freeport, Maine.  I was asked to go but there was no way in hell I was leaving the house to visit a major retail area just two days before Christmas.  I may look stupid at times but not today.

I’ll be  posting this blog and then relaxing for the rest of the day with a good book and a glass or two of brandy.  The house will be quiet and that will be perfect.  Starting tomorrow and for the next two days we’ll be running here and visiting there until we finally reach Christmas Day and the dinner at our home.

My shopping for this year is over, my gifts are wrapped, and I’m done with all of that.  Now a couple of family gatherings and two excellent meals and we’ll all be worrying about and preparing for the next holiday.

In years past I was all about New Years and I celebrated it with a vengeance.  It was by far my favorite holiday after Thanksgiving.  But “time wounds all heals” and the fascination of drinking and carousing all night has long since past.  Rushing out to spend the night in New York City with millions of others or attending one of any number of local boring parties has lost it’s charm.  A quiet night with my soulmate just relaxing and enjoying each other’s company is enough.

I remember all of those crazy years with crazy people doing really crazy stuff.  Our group suffered a few minor arrests and once or twice we spent some quality standing along a snowy and icy highway while our driver was put through his paces by a stern and business-like police officer.  Nothing like a gigantic sobriety check point to start off the New Year.  Ahhhh, sweet memories.

TWO MORE SHOPPING DAYS LEFT

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2 responses to “12-22-2013. Journal Entry

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  1. I think you have a personal problem with us poor retailers…we’re just trying to make a living! Merry Mary Christmas!

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