Some thoughts for the day. These aren’t scripted; as I’m making this up off the top of my head, I’m not entirely sure what I’m going to say. :)

As many of you know, I’m not religious. Christmas holds no spiritual meaning for me. As a mythicist, I even doubt that the events Christians celebrate today actually happened. However, that doesn’t mean I can’t appreciate and don’t celebrate the spirit of Christmas. I listen to Christmas music year round and, when done well, I find it moving. The decorations bring life to this lifeless time (which is why I think winter becomes depressing by mid-January as the decorations come down). To me, Christmas is a time when we reflect on what’s truly important in our lives. No, not material goods, though that’s certainly the way it feels every year. To me, Christmas is when we remember our friends, our loved ones, and our common humanity. To me, Christmas is a time of life, renewal, friendship, and love.

And also Kimar kidnapping Santa Claus and taking him to Mars, where Voldar learns the true meaning of Christmas. Or at least gets attacked by rampaging toys.

So on this Christmas Day, I want to say that I love and appreciate each and every one of you reading this. Some of you I knew in school. Some of you I have worked with, either now or in the past. Some of you I know through conventions. Some of you I’ve never met but thanks to the wonders of the Internet we’ve forged bonds. And some of you don’t fit any of those categories. Nonetheless, each and every one of you has contributed to my life and made it better. You have been light in the darkness. You are important. And you are valued.

Whatever holiday you’re celebrating today — Christmas, Winterval, Yule, even Doctormas or Capaldimas for the Whovians — take a moment and reflect on the people that are important to you, the people who have made you better, the people you love and appreciate. That’s my holiday wish to you.

Merry Christmas, everyone! :)

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