Despite the fact that funds are low this year, I'm having a rather nice holiday season already. My extended family agreed well in advance that no one would be buying gifts for other adults, so I got the shopping for my niece and nephew done pretty quickly.
Now I just need to wrap everything and take it over to my sister's house early so my car won't be so overloaded on Christmas Day.
At my office, our 2011 "holiday card" is this website, that features amusing videos of one of our associate creative directors (who is also a comedian) doing "good." Every day this week, he has spent literally all day on camera, riffing on whatever people suggest using the Twitter hashtag #randomgood.
I haven't had a lot of time to watch, but the highlight of almost every day has been a jam with him on banjo, one of our techical directors on guitar and one of our finance department ladies singing classics like "Stand by Me." We have an open floorplan, so almost everyone in the office can hear it live if they're not watching the stream. There's applause throughout the building when they finish a song. I don't know how many people outside our office are watching, but I think it's been good for office morale if nothing else.
I'm planning a cookie exchange party this Sunday that will, as tradition dictates, include viewings of selected holiday DVDs such as "Christmas Vacation," "Elf" and "Bad(der) Santa" at the end. I suppose I should figure out what kinds of cookies I want to make. I hadn't really given that part much thought yet.
I'd be lying if I didn't admit to being rather excited that my office will be closed from December 24th through January 2nd. Of course, that doesn't mean I don't have to work if something comes up, but even if that happens I'll still be spending a nice, long week at home.
So what I'm saying is that I'm looking forward to the holidays. This year promises a perfect balance of friends, family, food and entertainment.
What do you have planned?