Letters from the Editor: Spirit of the season

My friends generally fall into two categories of “Holiday People”: they’re either whistling Christmas carols in July, or I have to remind them that we have a short week this week, because it’s Thanksgiving. I fall into another category, which we can call “Well-meaning-friend-who-likes-giving-people-gifts-but-is-terrible-at-quality-time.”

With Turkey Day approaching, some members of my family have traveled up to Fairbanks to spend the holiday together. Between classes, work, and various other scheduled obligations, I’m admittedly terrible at making time for them. It probably doesn’t help that I’m not naturally gifted with affability, and I come across as awkward and stressed during our limited time together.

As a result, I’m considerably sympathetic to all the folks who are Category 2 Holiday People. It’s a rough time of year for the introverts and the asocial among us. Further, there can be a multitude of personal reasons someone finds it easier to bypass the holiday season without recognition, and I don’t begrudge anyone that.

This holiday season, I would simply encourage us all to be kind; it can be a stressful, lonely time of year for friends, family, and strangers alike, and we don’t need to make that worse by body checking someone on Black Friday or giving some invasive advise to a stranger about how they should be spending their time off. Consider instead how you make the time easier for others who may find it incredibly difficult to wade through.

It is important to remember that everyone is different, and everybody is going to have unique expectations for the season. Let’s do our best to make these next few weeks a little happier, for everybody and anybody we encounter, regardless of holiday disposition.

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