Keep the lights up

Image: Nikola Jelenkovic

I often find myself, this time of year, excited that the holidays are going to come around, only to realize, they’ve passed. Then I’m bummed. Ugh…

I know a lot of us are cynical about the holidays in America. We’ve done a pretty good job of over-commercializing and dysfunctifying (yes, I made that word up) it, but that’s not the part I’m talking about.

I’m talking about the simple things. The lights. The warmth. Less work. More family gatherings. And yes, even the gifts (mostly the buying of gifts, if you’re a parent like me).

Heading into February can be rough. It’s just colder. And grayer. The lights are down and we’re back to our old routines.

Next year, I’m keeping the lights up longer. At least through February. Seems this is when we need them most.

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