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Dec 24

Have a Joyous Chrismahanakwanzivus.

Here we are, ¬†Christmas Eve, and I’m enjoying an adult beverage in my living room. And I do mean MY living room. This year, my wife and I bought a home. I’m tapping out the drafts and revisions of this article with a dog glued to my leg, just taking in the sights and sounds. And dammit, it feels good.

It’s Christmas time here in my house. Stocking are hung on a mantle decorated with Christmas themed knickknacks, Leafy garland surrounds the mirror. There is a Christmas tree in my foyer, and another in the family room. Presents rest under the tree, and the song is right. “It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas” here, and I’m perfectly OK with that.

I’m not an overly religious man. At some point down the line, I’m sure I will get into that. But not right now. We’ll just say that I can look at Christmas and see all of the influences, not just the celebration of the birth of someone who wasn’t born this time of year. I see the Babylonian influences, the Christian influences, the secular influences, the pagan influences. And I’m ok with all of it. In my house, we celebrate Christmas.

I know that not everyone does. You may celebrate Hanukkah. ¬†Kwanzaa, Festivus, or nothing at all. I’m cool with whatever you celebrate. Whatever it is, I do hope that you get a time to spend some time with your family this season. It’s a great time of the year to get together with your family if you can.

So, Merry Christmas, Happy Hannukkah, Have a Joyous Kwanzaa, Happy Festivus.

I just have one request. Don’t be a dick. Don’t be bill o’reilly. Don’t try to ruin the day for someone, so that you can feel that you have the high ground. Like your mother said; if you don’t have something nice to say, sit down and let the grown ups speak.

From all of us here in the front booth, to all of you with a big drink above your head, have a great end of the year. Celebrate responsibly. Live long, love hard, and be your awesome self.