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It’s Beginning to Feel a Lot Like Christmas

Well, I give up.

Clearly, in the pre-holiday brouhaha my daily near-daily weekdaily posting schedule just isn’t going to work out. I tried catching up on the weekends for a while, but it’s not easy writing two or three of these posts in one day. Spewing that much nonsense tends to chafe after a while.

It’s not surprising, really. I tend to shut down for a couple of weeks every year as late December looms. Call it the holiday blahs, if you like. A Christmas funk. The horror of the hoarfrost.

(No, I don’t actually know what ‘hoarfrost’ is. I always figured it was something that afflicts people in Eskimo cathouses.

And I imagine it’s very painful.)

At any rate, I end up spending most Decembers in autopilot mode. Surviving the holidays is a little like a trip to the doctor — I sit as quietly as possible, keep my mind occupied with other things, and hope no one asks me to bend over and say, ‘ahhhh‘.

(Don’t laugh. You’ve never met my Uncle Jerry.

That’s not a guy you want around if you drop your egg nog, if you know what I’m saying.)

“I tend to shut down for a couple of weeks every year as late December looms. Call it the holiday blahs, if you like. A Christmas funk. The horror of the hoarfrost.”

The point is, I’m calling a time out. Or at least acknowledging the pregnant between-post pauses of late, and chalking it up to a case of ’tis the season. I’m not saying I won’t post more nonsense before New Years; it’s just becoming clear that I won’t have the energy to bust my hump into a regular writing schedule before then.

And if you think that’s bad, you should see my email backlog. To everyone I haven’t responded to since, say, Halloween, I can only say: I’m sorry. I’ll reply soon. And, you know, happy Thanksgiving and holidays and such. I hope that rash of yours has cleared up.

I suppose this time of year is the season to do things we wouldn’t normally do. If it’s not neglecting to find time to write, it’s eating cookies and candies and rum-smothered fruitcakes. Or buying gifts for people we spent the past eleven months discouraging. Or sitting on fat bearded mens’ laps.

(I did mention my Uncle Jerry, right? That’s no candy cane in his pocket — but he is happy to see you.)

So with any luck, we’ll run into each other a few more times before Christmas. And with a little more luck, I’ll be back to a regular posting schedule before the end of the year. And with a lot of luck, maybe Uncle Jerry will stay home this year.

And if not, well… there’s always the fruitcake. Make mine a double.

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6 Responses to “It’s Beginning to Feel a Lot Like Christmas”

  1. LeeAnn says:

    Have a wonderful holiday and I look forward to more of you postings in 2007.

  2. Cyli says:

    Hey..long time no read. I am finally back stateside and now that Ihave switched myoldblog (Why Not – Right?) to wordpress (New link in thiscomment) I wanted to swing by and wish you the best for the holiday season!! Here is wishingyou the best for 2007 and i can’t wait to sit down and do a lot of catch up reading here. I missed reading you while in the sands. Take care and dont let the holiday craziness get to you – much :)

  3. kerry says:

    well, i don’t feel so bad for not coming around so much the last month or so. i have actually felt a bit guilty that i haven’t been by to read and leave a comment. it must be the winter/holiday blahs with me, too. i’ve found it hard to keep up with a lot of my friends here online. i’m hoping that now that christmas is over, and the stress it brings with it, will dissipate (ooh, aren’t i fancy?) and i’ll be back to commenting regularly.

    hope you had a good christmas and here’s to 2007. it can only get better, right? ;)

  4. I know the holidays make it rough to POST often.

    Just stopping by to see if anything NEW was up

    (by chance)

    see you in 2007!

    Hope you had a great holiday and a wonderful New Years!

  5. Lori says:

    Charlie, Charlie, Charlie–it’s time to come back, man. No one gets to take that much time off, right?


    will you ever post again??

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