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Writer's Block: Traditional Pursuits

There are a lot of things we see most often in December, like caroling, potato latkes, mistletoe, mulled wine, eggnog, and returning gifts. What's your favorite holiday tradition?


To be honest, I'm getting less and less fond of each and every holiday tradition. Christmas baking? Used to love it, increasingly a chore. Christmas at the parents, decorating the tree? Spare me. Christmas in retail? Usually beyond awful, this year non-hectic in differently but equally upsetting ways. Advent markets? Same old. Ventured across a couple of them today in search of gifts, suppressing the urge to buy a Christmas punch or several, because drinking punch at 2-3 in the afternoon, alone, is clearly beyond pathetic. Maybe 'alone' is the keyword & problem here, although it doesn't usually get to me like this, even at Christmas.

Plus, I've been seeing Vanillekipferln and Lebkuchen in the supermarkets since late August/early September, so it's really hard to still get enthusiastic.

I still sort of like getting people presents, though. And getting days off, oh definitely.


Then again today clearly isn't my best day. I was going to buy soap and paper handkerchiefs because I'm sniffing and sneezing again, which, oh the whole, you'd think wasn't an impossibly hard task. Spent a completely disproportionate amount of time wandering back and forth through the shop, because I kept forgetting what I wanted, especially once my, er, mind? not so much, got sidetracked by toothpaste. I don't even feel sick enough to justify that, just a bit sniffly and woozy.

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