December 21, 2012 - Humbug Day AND National Look at the Bright Side Day

We have a choice today: We can choose to be cranky, or we can choose to be positive.

(I guess that makes it like any other day. Hey, I'm just happy that the world didn't end!)

Why humbug, today?

For many people, Christmas time is a time of too much busy-busy, a frantic level of hustle-bustle. Shopping, decorating, baking, wrapping, and party-going are all piled on top of the normal stresses of life such as laundry, daily cooking and cleaning, work and school.

Of course, some people do not celebrate Christmasand many of them are getting sick of Christmas music in every store and relentless holiday "cheer" being pressed onto them by strangers.

Today—just four days before Christmas—has been set aside for those of us who want to complain or just sigh or even shout, “Bah, humbug!”

Why look on the bright side, today?

Today is the shortest day and therefore the longest night of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. With considerably less brightness courtesy of our sun, we humans have to make our own brightness. Do something (or several somethings) to keep cheerful and happy. And maybe you can hang some of those tiny white lights on your house to brighten the night (or the multi-colored blinking ones, or the icicle kind, or whatever). And maybe you can build a fire on your hearth, or light candles and bask in the glow.

Speaking of lights...

Have you ever seen one of those great “light shows” in which houses decorated with strings of lights have those lights choreographed to favorite pieces of music? If you haven't checked out the videos I posted two years ago, be sure to now...  And here and here are some more recent, also very wonderful Christmas light shows.  And here is just one more (I can't help myself!) – an oldie but a goodie!

Also on this date:

Anniversary of the first crossword puzzle

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