be of good cheer, or else

It’s the hap-hap-happiest time of the year, isn’t it? So much pressure to be happy and merry, and enjoy the music and lights. You have to be with family, right? No one should be alone for Christmas, they need other people around because everyone must have someone there at all times.

Is it heresy to ask to be left alone for the day? Not in a rude or anti-social way, just to preserve my own sanity. All I want for Christmas is to read by the fire in an empty, quiet house. I don’t need anything more than a thick book, an warm cat, and a plate of cookies.

However … In the words of a wise philosopher, you can’t always get what you want. Tomorrow will be filled with driving, talking, dogs barking, strangers, other people’s chairs, and being mentally uncomfortable.

I shouldn’t complain. I’m safe, warm, and well-medicated tonight; I hope you are as well.