This is turning out to be the happiest Christmas season Iâ€™ve had in years, and I wish you all a good one too. After coming out as a curmudgeon, or curmudgeonette, I decided that the war on Christmas was over and I would sit back and enjoy the peace. I opted out of accepting any mandatory shopping obligations or feeling guilty about anything.
Instead of running myself ragged, like in previous years, to get cheesy items for co-workers, I just did something I really wanted to do and picked up gifts I wanted to give. The fact that my current job doesnâ€™t pressure anyone to be jolly had a lot to do with my good mood.
As usual, by Saturday I had not started my Christmas shopping, and the Mall gives me hives, but I just cruised around and stopped in a few small local stores and ended up with way better stuff than I expected to find. Then I went to a Solstice party.
Last year on Christmas Eve I went with a group who sing Christmas Carols at the ACI. It was freezing, but there was a full moon, and the women opened the windows and called out requests. Then I went to see Fishel Bressler and his Klezmer band. They were awesome. I plan to see them again this year.
It took a long time to stop feeling guilty for not getting into the collective shopping and sugar frenzy, but I can finally enjoy a bright day in a dark season. I have a feeling Iâ€™m not the only one who declared a separate peace. How are you celebrating the holidays?