Is it just me, or does it feel like the holidays have lost their meaning? I get the sense that, someplace along the line, we lost the aspect of the holidays, and treat them more as glorified extended weekends. Think about it.... Memorial Day Weekend - The kickoff of the vacation season Fourth of July - Mid-week BBQ and blow stuff up Labor Day - Last Summer Fling! Thanksgiving - Gorge ourselves with food prior to heading to the mall for the brotherly shove for those Black Friday sales Christmas - Get lots of junk, try to gather as a family New Years - Get drunk This Christmas season seems to have a "Bah Humbug" funk to it -- more so this year. It wasn't always that way. Many years ago, I used to look forward to the Christmas season... the hot coco, the caroling, and so on. Now, perhaps of too many finals prior to Christmas, or one too many parties to attend, that feeling of Christmas somehow feels hollow. I just want to scream at the top of my lungs, "Please cancel Christmas. I'm not in the mood!" Is anyone else feeling this way?