Santa Mike and his bag of rants comes to town.
Sunday, December 24, 2006
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Settling in after a roast dinner with my parents and my sister while we visit the relatives in Cleveland (four aunts, three uncles, 10 cousins, and a scotty puppy), I've now got a moment to get to the computer here and write up a little diatribe concerning the holiday season. It won't be anything too melodramatic or wordy, but it will nonetheless have nothing to do with hockey or the Columbus Blue Jackets. So for those of you checking out Army of the Ohio in search of my inane rantings and recaps? Sorry, but I'm sticking to my little break from those until the new year.
In any event, the holiday season is upon us, and with that brings the hustle and bustle of shopping for friends, family, loved ones, your pet, and even that person you've been in the same office with for years whose name you just so happen to have forgotten. Whether you're celebrating Christmas, Hannukah, Kwanza, Samhein (I think that's what it is), Festivus (because we need a festivus for the rest of us!), or even absolutely nothing, it's hard not to get swept up in the cheer of the season as people come together to enjoy one another's company.
As cliche as it is and always will be, remember that getting that Nintendo Wii, or that Sergei Fedorov game worn jersey (on sale now for $2,300 USD at The Blueline!), or even that multi-million dollar hockey stick that just sold, is not what the best part of this time of the season is. It's about finding the people who you are closest to, and savoring the company that they give as well as the positive feelings that they help to make you feel.
Conversely, it's also a great time of year to seek out someone who you may have fallen out of touch with, or even had a bad falling out with, and wishing them the best, with no strings attached. One of the most important aspects of the holiday season, to me, is to look back on my life and see if, perhaps, there is someone out there I'd like to talk to for the first time in forever, or at least bury the hatchet with.
Whether you are doing it for them, for yourself, or for others, in the end all that matters is that this is as good a time as any to take advantage of this 'most wonderful time of the year', and try to share it with others, friend or (to avoid using the typical cliche 'foe') non-friend alike. Trust me, so long as you make the effort to do something like this with no preconcieved expectations, it'll hopefully make you feel good. And it should, because it means you're being a good person, especially considering how crazy and mixed up this world can be nowadays.
Enjoy the holiday season, and prepare to start a new year, folks. Who knows what might be in store for yourself, let alone the world?