The holidays will be upon us shortly and I can't think of a time of year that brings out more polarized feelings...on the one hand feelings of cheer and excitement, on the other, feelings of dread and loneliness. Some, myself included, dislike the commercialism that is tied to the season.
Christmas carols in November are just wrong. Holiday decorations on the heels of Halloween, also wrong. Forcing your crying child to have a photo taken with Santa...well you know where I am going with this.
Having said that, the wonder (?) of the holidays is that it brings family and friends together. So sure, sometimes this results in a fight over how to cook the turkey, or dispute over who should have been at Uncle Bob's funeral, or some other such controversy. Every family has its share of colour and it tends to come out at booze-filled gatherings.
Think of it like a real life sitcom. In those situations I smile to myself thinking of Everybody Loves Raymond. If they weren't emulating my family, they were imitating that of my friends. You know who you are.
So, commercialism aside, I am looking forward to this years installment of Everybody Loves Raymond. And the cookies. I hope you are too.