Apologies for my absence. This season has been full of unwelcome surprises, the main one being my brother’s brain cancer. It’s Christmastime, however, and I can sense that everyone’s spirit has been enhanced by the trees and lights and the feeling of miracles in progress. No, I’m not a religious person, but sometimes one hopes one is wrong about certain things.
So it’s another year in which I have utterly rejected the phrase “Happy Holidays” and openly urge everyone around me to do the same. A new practice of mine—I don’t care if it’s socially awkward—is to interject gently whenever somebody uses that vacant greeting and to clarify that I celebrate Christmas, my agnosticism notwithstanding. (more…)