Okay, so while my last two blog entries were technically holiday themed, frankly they've been negative... and the holidays are not a negative time of year for me.
Today is Yule, or at least it is where I am. As the actual point of the solstice was at 5:30 UTC, timezone tomfoolery made yesterday Yule for the Central Timezone and all points west from there until the international dateline (as 5:30 UTC was 11:30PM last night for the Central timezone), but most of the world sees it today. Man, when your religious holiday is determined on a natural cycle and a specific astronomical point stuff gets complicated.
In any case, Crysta and I are headed to Milwaukee tomorrow for the holidays. As I've said quite a few times in the past, Christmas is a multiday event in my family, and this year is no exception. We'll be bouncing between Chicago and Milwaukee this weekend, seeing various relatives from my side (and hopefully Crysta's brother Nick at some point -- but his work schedule is hard to navigate around). We'll be doing Christmas Eve in Chicago with my mom's side of the family, Christmas morning with my immediate family and spouses, and Christmas Day with my Dad's side of the family.
It's a complicated process.
This is one of my favorite times of year honestly, and I look forward to it quite a bit in the building months. It's one of those things where I seriously do buy into the spirit of the season. I think that's why the open hostility about festive events bothers me so much, because it's one of the few times a year when I feel like I did when I was a little kid.
Seriously, I just get happy and excited and I can't turn it off.