The Holiday Spirit: A New Take

December 15th, 2013

This Christmas, I’ve been stressing out because I have no gift ideas for my family, for Korey, or even for myself. Over the past few years, we’ve seemingly acquired all we need — clothes, electronics, smartphones, and more. This is distressing. What do I give? What do I ask for? Should I abandon all hope and stop celebrating the holiday altogether? It’s already a bit hypocritical of me to partake in this holiday anyway, given my atheist beliefs (or lack of beliefs entirely)! Is this poetic justice?

As happens from time to time, or entirely too often, I had a moment of pre-sleep clarity the other evening. I realized that perhaps the lack of any needs — indeed, the lack of any wants — this holiday season is actually the gift I’m seeking. After years of collegiate turmoil and starting my own business and building a firm foundation, I’ve found myself with a comfortable life and enjoyable, stable surroundings. I have a loving family, an amazing better half, a home in the most bucolic of wealthy, Main Line settings, a growing list of clients at the business I own, and ever-improving skills across the board.

In the New Year, I intend to pursue further studies in the law and enact a career change. I intend to continue paying down debts, learning more about digital marketing even as I pursue other educational options, and continue strengthening the relationships that add character to my life.

Why should I ask for anything else? Isn’t that just greedy? So many people exist on a daily basis without any family at all, without friends to enrich their lives, without someone to love them in even the most banal of life’s moments. But I don’t. At least, not this year. And for this reason, I don’t really require gifts. Maintaining the gifts already present in my life, whether aquired by hard work, money, or chance, just seems to be enough in 2013. And I’m fine with that.

Besides, the sales on sweaters are better after Christmas, anyway.

Thanksgiving 2012

November 22nd, 2012

The time has come to celebrate one of my all-time favorite holidays. Thanksgiving ranks highly because there’s so very much food, so very many amazing desserts (hey, my family can REALLY cook and bake), and so many things that are worth reflecting on and giving thanks for. Thus, in celebrated Vintage tradition, I give you the 11th Annual Thanksgiving Post of Things I’m Thankful For.

1. My Job

I was thankful for my job last year, and I’ll remain so this year. It isn’t always easy to own and operate a business singlehandedly, but I do manage. I do this even as the American economy remains rocky, although now firmly in a (very slow) recovery. Unemployment remains high and the prospects of improvement remain murky. In a climate like this, any job is a good job, and any work is dignity. So, thank god I am employed and able to fund my lavish lifestyle.

2. The Obama Reelection and Liberal Resurgence

Things really did look grim for America’s liberals and its Democratic Party just a year ago. But here we are, about to celebrate Thanksgiving, and gearing up for the second inauguration ceremony for one Barack H. Obama. Yay! With gay marriage equality advancing and Democrats cementing their Senate majority, things are looking good for me, my family, and my friends.

3. The “Family”

I am of course thankful for my family — parents, grandparents, siblings, cousins (one, in particular, who just recently underwent surgery for a brain tumor) — but I am also thankful for MY “family,” or the beginnings of one. Sure, we’ve had our share of fights (whether it’s one of us saying something mean, or a certain cat trying to eat the window treatments), but we’ve gotten though those things. With more good days than bad, we decided to take a big step forward this year and split our winter holidays between our two extended families. Love is good.

4. My Friends

Bad days at work, bad fights at home, and bad drivers during the commute, are all easy to conquer when you have a good network of friends. I am, as always, thankful for my closest friends and the way that they so effortlessly and notably elevate the quality of my life. I could not do all that I do without that type of love and support. Simple as that.

Go Be Thankful for Something!

Everyone has something to be thankful for, and there is no better day than today to give thanks and appreciate all that this year has brought with it. And then go get some dessert. And then line up for the $78 LED TV that goes on sale at 10 p.m. See you all in line!