As I prepare for my marathon of singing duties over the next three days, I am taken to reflecting on what they will truly entail.
It's difficult to properly explain my relationship with Christmas. I love the feeling that the season generates and the beautiful transformation that occurs within the hearts of the masses.
What I don't like is the cold, the snow, the sleet, the pushy people, the screaming children, the extended family, the false sentiment, and the stress.
You see my predicament, correct?
I don't think I'm alone in thinking this, as I see the melange of contradictory emotion these few days conjure up. Love mingles with hate, happiness tangos with bitterness, and the patrician facade does the fandango with drunken rambunctiousness.
In the middle of it all is me, the humble (or rather not so humble) crooner, singing my merry songs and trying to make some sense of it all.
But, the real question is, are we supposed to make sense of it all?
Are we meant to rationalize this holiday or are we meant to simply take it as it is, flaws and all? Do we push forward and stress about the minuscule details, or do we sit back and repose, looking back on another year that has almost passed?
For a Type-A twit like me, it is often the hardest to relegate my duties and just let the chips fall where they may. I'm not a good model of the old adage "shoot 'em all and let God sort it out!" I'm perfectly fine doing my own sorting, thank you very much.
But, when all is said and done, I have learned to let the emotions of the holiday wash over me like a warm wave on the ocean. I've learned to fall asleep like a child on Christmas Eve again, awaiting the morning, as we should every day of our lives.
Yes, I do believe Christmas will be damn good this year, as well as the next year, and every year after that! Why can't we choose to love the holiday simply for it existing? People use Christmas as another excuse to one-up the neighbors and get into a tizzy about the presents being wrapped properly.
This year, I implore you to not sweat the little things and simply enjoy the ecstatic sensation of living in the thrill of the moment. Don't think what came, is coming, and what is to come - think about the glory of the here and now.
I can think of no better words to sum up this little ditty than the words of Jerry Herman's (Auntie) Mame:
"So climb down the chimney
It's been a long time since I felt good, neighborly
Slice up the fruitcake
It's time we hung some tinsel on that bayberry bough!
For we need a little Christmas
Right this very minute
Candles in the window
Carols at the spinet
And we need a little Christmas
Right this very minute
We need a little Christmas now!"
I thank all of my readers for your continued support, and I wish you a rational, intelligent, and egoistic Holiday!
Haul out the holly!
Steven Krage, From the Ego of Steven
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In this episode, Jack (The Vegan) and Steven (The Objectivist) celebrate the holidays as only they can! Also: Steven dates a fundamentalist Christian, Jack admits that Christmas is all about the presents, and a cavalcade of fantastic guests visit the studio for this Holiday Extravaganza!
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