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Steps to Having the Best Holidays Ever

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and Happy New 2006! Wouldn’t the holiday season just be weird if it were in the middle of the year? Celebrate the big gift-giving holidays and then, “back to work, you’ve got 6 more months until the New Year’s party – ” Yick! There’s just something about having Christmas, and Hanukkah stacked next to the new year that gives it such an expectation December Global Holidays.

I suppose it doesn’t hurt that throughout our childhood lives, the holiday season not only meant gifts, it meant 2 weeks away from school and free time. For me, though, it was the time with my extended family that made all the difference. I could celebrate the holidays with my immediate family of four, but there was just something completely incomplete about not having the grandparents, cousins, arguments, laughing, and food-binge-fests around. And I miss it.

Now that all of my grandparents and half of my Aunts and Uncles are gone, I find my holidays (Thanksgiving included) to be really sad affairs. I in fact have so dreaded the holidays that I wait to put the tree and lights up until the last minute, I take as many playing gigs as I can to stay busy, I refuse to send Christmas cards or go to holiday parties – humbug! I find that I cry during the tale of “A Christmas Carol” and “The Grinch that Stole Christmas.” I relate with the protagonists in those redemptive stories. Strangely, I find that once I get the Christmas tree up along with the lights and paraphernalia, it occurs to me that I should just leave them up all year, because it makes the house so cheery.

So you’re saying, “Mark, I’m confused. Do you or do you not like Christmas?” I say, I can’t live without it. What has made it so powerful to me, however, has nothing to do with gifts, or lights: it has to do with the grandest of all excuses for a mass familial get together – that I no longer have. Thus, when the holiday season rolls around, it hurts. It doesn’t help that I’m single either. Worse yet, I live in Los Angeles, and like the rest of you Angelinos, I don’t even know my neighbors. The more I look, the more I find that lots of people feel the same way that I do. I hate that.

So now you’re saying, “Okay Mark, now I’m depressed too. Get to the ‘fix it’ part.” See, I am the “possibility” of creating miracles in other people’s lives and whether through the use of film, music, or just a conversation, I love to inspire people to live more powerful lives. Unfortunately, to be able to do that, I have to create some miracles for my life first. Specifically, I have transformed the conversation that I’ve had about the holidays: “The holidays make me sad, I don’t have extended family anymore, I hate the holidays.” So here’s the fix it part:

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