Happy holidays, or something

A bowl of multi-colored ribbon candy

What says “holidays” more than candy?!

December is always an exhausting month, and it seems to be so regardless of your participation in that baby Jesus holiday. Everyone is stressed out, busy, and scrambling to get presents for everyone. Plus, that god awful horrible music that’s everywhere! It’s enough to drive the sanest of humans to extreme measures. But I’ll spare you my usual “I hate Xmas” rant.

As the days grow short and cold, this is the perfect time for reflection and planning (and as is the case this year, re-watching Batman: The Animated Series on Blu-ray!). Some shopping excursions are inevitable, and I do work in a retail setting, so total seclusion from the holiday hubbub isn’t generally possible. Still, I prefer to spend this time at home with my partner and our dog, reading and talking and drinking way too much tea.

The Wiccan new year actually starts on October 31 at Samhain, but I still enjoy celebrating the turning of the calendar year. I love setting up a new planner, plotting my goals for the coming year, and reflecting on the previous year. I’ll be teaching some new courses this spring semester, and I’ve got lots of planning to do for those, as well.

Which is to say, I’m going to take a break from blogging for the rest of the year so that I can focus my attention inward for awhile. I hope to come back in 2019 refreshed and full of ideas.

Whatever combination of winter holidays you celebrate, I hope you enjoy your families, your religious celebrations, and any traditions you hold dear. And remember, the Winter Solstice on December 21 is the shortest day of the year—after that, the days will grow longer again.

I’ll see you in the new year!

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