I shared in this space last week the complexity of Thanksgiving and made mention that Christmas is the exceptional holiday that may exceed the first in its emotional baggage. Christmas adds gifts, pressure to overspend, parties which we must attend, and time pressure. By the time the day arrives we have been at it for a month or longer.

I am not a scrooge at this time of year, but some of my family think I am related. It is not Christmas that gives me trouble. It is all the unnecessary baggage attached to it. What I want is a seasonal puzzle, a fire, as much family around as it possible, and time to reflect on Christ.

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