Eleven more days if you can believe it. Eleven more days till Christmas. And I'm caught in the middle. I'm a Christmas-boy as my mother says. I've always loved the magic that comes with this season. When I was young I did whatever I could to preserve and increase that special feeling. For many years as a pre-teen I made sure that I sang a Christmas song every month all year long. I remembered and tried to preserve every Christmas tradition my family held. We have a lot of traditions! Christmas is a special time of year. I think mankind is its closest to Christ-like. Life seems to speed up, but the desire to help others slows it down just a bit.
Now I'm an adult and I still seek to preserve the magic. However, I also work in retail. At the Sharper Image we have started longer hours. We are open 10am-10pm. I'm normally the one who closes. Customers are relentless during this season. They all want something and if they don't get it, "Christmas is ruined!" My days seem long and the pressure much greater. I love my job. Retail has been the best job I've had yet. There is an excitement in going to work during these next two weeks. You just have to have the stamina to make it all the way through. And that's the part that makes me wish the season would hurry up so that I can slow down.
So I'm caught in the middle.