December might as well be nicknamed “holiday month” because most religions have something going on during this time. Not to just single out Christmas, but we have Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Al Hijra, Ashura, Boxing Day, Gita Jayanti, and Día de los Muertos. I’m sure there are others, but we’ll go with these for now.
Holidays bring both joy and stress. Truthfully, most of the time the Christmas season stresses me out because, as an independent businessman, I know that my normal businesses are going to dry up during this time, and the slow down of course takes money out of my pocket.
The lucky thing for my wife and I is that we don’t buy many Christmas presents. We don’t often buy anything for each other; instead, we’ll usually plan something special for after the holidays. A couple of years ago we went for an overnight in a hotel with a Jacuzzi in the room and watched comedy DVD’s; that was really nice. There are a few people we get something for, but we don’t spend a lot of money.
How do most of you feel about the holidays in general? How are you handling the crowds, the over-commercialization of it all? Is your religion primary during this time of year or are you just enjoying the general holiday feel? I hope this is an easy question for you, but of course one never knows.