I’ve never been much of a Christmas person. It is not a comforting holiday to me. It makes me feel anxious and often depressed. I’m not very close to most of my family. Christmas, this holiday of forced togetherness, is a strange concept to me. I am especially uncomfortable with people who like to “get in the spirit” right after Halloween ends. A holiday is less special when it is dragged out for two months. But I’ve been dealing with Christmas for almost four months already. This is our busy season at work and I began planning events for people’s holiday/work parties back in August. We have 5 private rooms, and therefore we have 10 different events going on every day next month. That’s a lot of clients calling, e-mailing, stopping by with no advance notice. That’s a lot of demands and menu selections and contracts and deposits and event staffing. I love my job. But I have had enough of Christmas and it is not even December. I think I just need to convince myself to be strong this month and not have the nervous breakdown that some of my co-workers are taking bets on me having. I have planned hundreds of Christmas parties for other people this year, and I hope the families and corporations attending them have a ball. I just want to go to sleep until January.