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A Belated Merry Christmas

For Christmas 2003 and 2004, my blog entries (2003, 2004) were the same -- an excerpt of dialogue from A Charlie Brown Christmas on the commercialization of the holidays. I thought about posting it again last night, but it just didn't feel right. Is Christmas incredibly over-commercialized? Yes. But it didn't bother me this year because of the time I was able to spend with family and friends. (Probably the fact that I nearly completely avoided the crush of the malls by shopping online helped.)

I took my daughter to my company's holiday party just a few days before Christmas. The day before Christmas Eve, I had my kids with me for presents and Christmas dinner before their holiday trip to California. I spent Christmas Eve with a good friend, and in the evening we attended a traditional French Christmas dinner graciously hosted by friends of mine. After a long run the next morning, I spent Christmas Day with another good friend. So Christmas this year was, for me, about being with friends and family, sharing food and wine and conversation... and it was the best Christmas in a long time.

Not that Lucy wasn't right back in 1965:

Lucy: Look, Charlie, let's face it: we all know that Christmas is a big commercial racket. It's run by a big Eastern syndicate, you know.
But it just didn't seem to matter this year. Besides, we all know that now Christmas is run by Amazon, which means it's run by a big Pacific Northwest syndicate, and somehow that seems far less troubling to me.

Oh, and last year, my resolution was not a single gift card. I ended up buying two, but given that that was down from at least a dozen last year, I'm reasonably happy with my progress.

Anyway, to you all, a belated Merry Christmas. I hope your holidays have been as good as mine.


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