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Yuletide goodbye


The Parthenon

Published: Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Updated: Wednesday, December 5, 2012 00:12

Although it certainly doesn’t feel like it outside, we students certainly know the score. The semester’s winding down, we’re prepping up for exams. Some of us will pass, others will fail, but we all get the time to celebrate the holidays after we turn in that last final.  
Today is my farewell column for the semester. I’m hanging it up for the rest of the year; frankly, I don’t have the time until next semester. It’s been a good run this fall. I got to take on an election, a hurricane and a smoking ban. I’ve heard from a few of you readers and I appreciate the feedback and engagement you guys have provided me.

Like anything, writing columns for you guys has been a blast. It had ups and downs, but all in all, I had a good time. And I hope you did too.

However, I wouldn’t feel like a columnist if I didn’t leave you with some final thoughts to dwell on, until next time.

The holiday season, or in my case, Christmas time, is one of my favorite times of year. I know people can get jaded about the commercialism, advertisements and the constant whir of cash registers slamming open and shut. I’ll admit, I’ve been known to get cynical about it too.  However, when it comes down to it, I think Christmas is still a fine holiday.

Christmas, like anything besides death and taxes, is subject to interpretation.  Many celebrate it as a religious observant, with the birth of Christ and what not. I’ve always been a little bit more secular, but I see nothing wrong with how you celebrate it.  I just want to summarize what the holiday means to me.

Christmas is a time of year to hang out with friends and family. Now I know quite a few of you may not like chilling with the folks. Some of you probably have justified reasons to feel that way. I’m lucky enough to say mine are decent people and the holidays remind me to be thankful for it. The holidays also remind me to be thankful for my friends, because without them, I have no idea how I’d still be sane in this city. I take Christmas as a time to celebrate what I have and reflect on what I want to accomplish in the next year.

Not everyone looks at it as simplistic as I do and I don’t blame him or her. Everyone is different and entitled to their own observances. My only wish for you this holiday season is celebrate however you want, as long as you are true to yourself while you are doing so. Don’t just put up the tree because you have to; do it because you want to.

Most importantly, don’t get wrapped up in trying to attain that “perfect Christmas.” Half the fun about Christmas is if it actually happens or not. We don’t know if Uncle Larry is going to get too crocked to open the prayer at dinner nor do we know if Aunt Dorothy will burn the ham again this year. That’s half the fun. So just sit back, relax and make do with the time you’re having with people you love.

The saddest thing about life is that it ends. I like to use the holidays to be with those that I love and hold dear.

Oh, as a side note, if the world ends on Dec. 21, well, it was good knowing you guys.

Henry Louis Culvyhouse

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