Well, it looks like we are here once again. That month or so that begins after Thanksgiving and ends as soon as the hangover wears off after New Year’s. Some people deign to call it “The Holidays.” Whatever name it goes by in your life, it’s the special time of year when you do things you normally try to avoid. The time of year when you buy presents for people you would usually cross the street to avoid. The time of year when men ringing bells in red suits is not out of place. And, it’s the time of year when you get to see acquaintances that you don’t see on a regular basis, usually with good reason.
Holiday parties and yearly get-togethers are always a fixture of the season, and when you do see those friends of yours that rarely make an appearance outside of funerals and weddings, they always ask the same question. “So, how are you? What have you been up to?”