it's been a very hard hard year for me. as some of you know, i lost my brother and closest friend last february. among many many other things, he was my partner in holiday malcontent. he's the only person i've ever met as cynical about this time of year as i am. most people are too cheery to be sardonic....but the snide comments were our own way of enjoying the season. does that make sense? anyway. he's not here. and since everything else is changing i figured i am going to change too.....throw myself so into the season that i can't worry about much else. (don't worry, my therapist will put me in line if she thinks i'm being unhealthy about blocking things). except i'm not doing so well. i tried to go into the holiday section of our town's equivilant of target and almost had an anxiety attack....more like a flutter. and here's where you come in.....what are some of your favorite things about the season and why? if you can, try and sell me on it. i need to see it in a new light. oh and the less out about in crowds of strangers it entails, the better.