It has been my custom for the past several years (2009, 2010 and 2011), to have a Christmas Day open thread. It’s a chance for those who choose not to celebrate to share their thoughts here. Or if you have a low key celebration and want to connect with others. It’s past Festivus, but grievances can be aired.
Discussions of how you observe or don’t observe the holiday are welcome. One friend mentioned her preparation for a “Jews and Orphans” celebration. Some of us try to keep the celebrations low key for a variety of reasons: minimizing carbon footprint, concerns about about commercialization, etc. Others simply want to reduce the stress that the holidays create for so many people.
I love Christmas as a family holiday and a time to gather and celebrate. But I don’t like the unrealistic expectations and the consumerism, especially for children. More so than any other holiday, it highlights the socioeconomic differences in our society.
Moving on. I’m interested in predictions for the new year. In a few days I’m heading to an annual gathering of political friends at which it is our custom to make predictions. There is much fodder for our prediction game. Interim appointment? Candidates for senate? Constitutional officers for 2012?
It’s an open thread. Talk about whatever is on your mind.