Friday, November 30, 2007
The holiday season is upon us and I am blessed in that I have set up my life to be very low stress this time of year. I have my holiday party for work tonight (I skipped another work party they had last night) and will go to my parent's house for Christmas. I will go to the home of some friends for another get-together. Other than that every thing else is optional, and likely to get skipped. A lot of my friends drink a lot and I haven't been a big drinker for a long time so I'll probably avoid those occasions. Hanging out with a bunch of drunks or staying home with a book? The book almost always wins that battle for me these days. And over the years I get less invitations because of my recluse tendencies but that's how I like it so I can't complain. I don't really decorate, I usually put up a "token" decoration but since I live alone and am not a Christian I just don't see the need to do all that extra work.
The holiday I really celebrate is the solstice. Just think, the days will start getting longer then! I did take a few extra days off so I could make sure I am starting my new year right. I get 6 days off (12/20-12/25) and then 4 more (12/29-1/1/08) so I should have plenty of rest and relaxation. I consider the new year to start with the solstice so reflection, contemplation and planning are all things I like to do that time of year.