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By: ricderr , 1:02 PM GMT on December 26, 2007
Why doesn't the Christmas holiday last three or four days? I'm dead tired here at work, our house looks like a department store exploded. We have this tradition that all gifts stay in the living room so, they aren't buried in rooms and closets, as the toys are played with etcetera, they find their new homes and it's evident that even though we tried to cut back this year we didn't do a good job. The kids had a wonderful day, playing and more playing, we had a nice dinner with friends which included Kyle and me fishing and we came home and Becky falling asleep as we drove home and then she passed out in our bed at 8 pm. I set Cassie up with a book and got Kyle set up with his DVD player in his bed and I crashed about 9 pm and I'm as tired this morning as if I hadn't slept at all.
We get ready for one more holiday, New Years and this one I don't like. What is the importance of a new year? Why is it attached to a day and not an event? Why not start the New Year at winter solstice, the shortest day of the year? I could understand that. I can understand the start of hurricane season; why not make that the New Year then? At least make New Years around an event and not some arbitrary day that arranges a calendar all neat and pretty. Now don't get me wrong, I'll stay up until midnight, I love the football and I'll watch the Rose Parade but I don't understand the big Deal of a "New Year." The only memorable New Year to me was the turn of the century and that was only due to the hype of the computer age coming to an end because of their internal clocks. (Yes, I also knew it wasn't going to happen, but the press had done a good job of hyping the fear factor.) There's no meaning in my mind that January 1st is anything significant and so this leads to the QOD:
What meaning does New Years have for you and what are your plans?
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