Christmas Break

Today’s Courier Herald Column will be my last for this year.  After two years of daily writing I’m taking a short break, and will be very infrequent in checking in here as well.  I hope each and every one of you have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.  I’ll talk to you again on the other side.

And once again, Christmas is here.  It’s not like it comes as a surprise but somehow, someway, it always appears to sneak up on me.

I’m writing this on Friday to meet an early deadline for next week’s papers.  As of today, at lunchtime, I haven’t even begun any Christmas shopping.  None.  Zero. Nada.  I guess it’s time to get moving and get into the Christmas spirit.

Many of us as adults have relegated Christmas to the children as a holiday.  And in many ways, of course, it is and should be a day for and about them.  Memories of Christmas as children are among those we often hold most dear.  But as adults, sometimes we disengage with the activities until we’re staring down a losing battle with the calendar.

There’s the presents, of course. Then there’s the food.  There’s family, and there’s the Christmas carols.  Lots and lots of Christmas carols.

One of the more frequently heard carols this time of year is “Joy to the World”.  It’s heard, but like so many that are familiar and routine, it’s likely not often listened to.  One verse this year seems to be sticking out to me.  “…Let every heart, prepare him room…”.

Most years, most of us probably managed to skip that part of the season.  We’re a busy people.  The holidays make it even busier.  We’re all on a hard deadline to have presents bought, gifts wrapped, parties attended, and food baked by Christmas morning.  All of this in addition to our already hectic lives.

I’ve managed to squeeze in one evening with my family at Calloway Gardens during this Christmas season.  It was followed by a resumption of my normal routine which involves working my day job while managing to knock out this column daily and managing my political blog.  I’ve spent half of the month traveling for business.  Now I sit days away from Christmas realizing that once again, I’ve essentially missed the Christmas season.

There just wasn’t room. But there is still time.

After this column is submitted I’m taking a short break from politics and writing.  It’s been a while since I’ve tried that, as this column has been written daily for two years without a break.  I need to make some room, if even for a short time, for some other things.

I’m going to spend the weekend fighting crowds with many of you trying to get those gifts bought and wrapped, some food cooked, and then spend Monday evening and Tuesday with the family.  There will be a bit more quality time with friends next week.   I will even set aside a little bit of time to be lazy.  That will be my Christmas gift to me.

Hopefully, the Monday after the New Year’s, I will emerge a bit recharged and ready to resume the discussions of Georgia politics.  Maybe we’ll have a resolution to the fiscal cliff by then.  We’ll definitely be staring down a new session for the Georgia General Assembly.

There will be plenty of time in the coming weeks to discuss ethics reform, hospital bed taxes, Medicaid expansion, a new stadium, and introduce new leadership in the Georgia Senate.  There are even new campaigns to discuss and others in the process of forming.  There will be no shortage of items to discuss.  But for now, they will briefly wait.

There is a holiday season upon us which I have not yet engaged.  There’s still time to do so, and I intend to do it.  If you’re running late this year, I encourage you to make some room as well.

I thank you for reading these past two years, and thank you in advance as you indulge me in this brief break.  I hope each and every one of you have a merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

We’ll see you back in two weeks.


  1. Dave Bearse says:

    I’ll mis the column. Has twice weekly instead of daily been considered?

    Don’t be concerned you’ve missed the season when you can, as Dickens wrote in one of the greatese novellas ever, “.. honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.”

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