My friends, this month has kicked my ass. New car payment, frustrations in several directions, the time-sink that is hockey, a nameless funk that has nothing to do with the Easy Reader song -- none of these, or even all combined, is a decent excuse for being defeated by December. All I know is today I mentioned to the kids that it's a German tradition for the Christmas tree to be decorated on December 24, by the parents, without the kids watching, for unveiling at present-opening time, and it's a tradition that the way things are going around here, just might be the way it is for Christmas 2007. (Fortunately, they were utterly charmed by the idea.)
In any case, I offer up my annual Christmas question for all who happen upon this blog, whether you comment often or never: Do you ever open just one present?