The Unrepentant Individual

...just hanging around until Dec 21, 2012

November 25, 2005

Merry Christmas!!!

Nope, I’m not celebrating Black Friday, although I did laugh when I heard about some guys getting arrested for fighting over a laptop this morning. You won’t find me anywhere near a store today!

But you will find me opening Christmas presents! In today’s long-distance world, where kids live hundreds of miles from their parents and a married couple has parents in two different cities, it becomes increasingly difficult to work out the holidays. So my family has decided to reschedule. So far, the oldest of young children in the family is 2, so this might only last a few years before the kids dictate Christmas must occur on Dec 25, but the rest of us are enjoying this.

It started several years ago. I was living in California, and we did Christmas on Dec 25 with my wife’s family. My sister was living in Missouri, and did Christmas with her husband’s family in Colorado. And my brother was deployed overseas, coming back early in January. So we did Christmas in mid-January. It was a lot better than not being together at all. The next year, I was sent to Chicago for a tradeshow just after Thanksgiving, so I arranged my travel plans such that I would be here during Thanksgiving, and we scheduled our Christmas to coincide. And this year is the third time we’ve done so.

I’m not sure how many other of you are in similar situations. For those of you in a family strewn all across the country, though, it might be something to look into. Especially if you’ve got young kids, it’s always a hassle to determine where you’re doing the holidays. It becomes a lot easier if you just choose to reschedule the holidays!

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 9:46 am || Permalink || Comments (3) || Trackback URL || Categories: Uncategorized


  1. Just saw the fight over the laptop on the news. Yup, the human race is doomed.

    Comment by Jack — November 25, 2005 @ 9:37 pm
  2. I didn’t go anywhere near a store until 5:00 this evening. I took my chances that they would be out of some of the things that I wanted, but to my surprise, they had everything. What luck and I didn’t even get trampled.

    Each to his own when they celebrate Christmas. My whole family lives here so we don’t have that kind of problem. The kids are usually home for Christmas.

    Comment by Lucy Stern — November 26, 2005 @ 12:35 am
  3. Brad, If you wanted to you could celebrate Christmas on April 6th, which would make it the actual birthday of Jesus Christ. December 25th has a long history; but has nothing to do with his actual birthday. Maybe you could get better travel prices, except Easter is close to Spring Break. Try February, nothing worth doing is ever done in February.

    Comment by TF Stern — November 26, 2005 @ 10:43 pm

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