I am in love with this holiday. Its not just because of the presents though, although that is a good part of it. I love how Christmas time makes people take a timeout from their regular routine and relax for once. These days, it seems that so many of us get caught up in the hussle bussle of everyday life - work, bills, partying, investments, etc. - that we forget to take a breather and remember what its like to truely relax for a moment. For some reason, Christmas time always seems to make even the biggest asshole act cordial and pleasant. I love that. Its almost as if people really still believe in Santa so they are on their best behavior at all times. Men hold open doors for women and do the dishes. Women cook and cater to their company. Everyone loves to show off the fact that theyre doing these things too. Over my vacation, I ran into a bunch of old friends and it was good to catch up. Some of them were old friends from high school and some were old acquaintances that I wasnt very close with but we had the same circle of friends anyhow. Its funny because you know that normally these are the type of people that wouldnt say more than a "hello" to you, but its Christmas time and its time to catch up and be polite. Santa's watching, you know... Even my family is nice to one another. Not to say that we normally arent, but more like we go the extra mile. Complete strangers - also extra polite. I went to the mall to buy some last minute gifts and saw people doing nice things for one another and leaving each other with a "Happy Holidays" or "Merry Christmas" (in the area I grew up in, there arent many Jewish people...). Its just really nice to see.
Of course, the holidays are over now and by the time New Years is over and 2007 begins, Im sure all of us will slide right back into the "normal" routine. Work, stress, road rage, and telling one another to go fuck ourselves. I hope everyone enjoyed their holiday time and that you got all the presents that you wanted. Here's looking forward to Christmas next year!