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It's not yet a month before Christmas, yet I found myself in the shower singing the well-known Burl Ives Christmas tune A Holly, Jolly Christmas.

I'm not quite sure why I belt out Christmas tunes when this time of year comes around, or why I choose to sing in the shower. I'm not a big fan of all the hype that goes with Christmas (I'll avoid the trite "it's too commercialized" argument), I'm not religious, and the stress of getting presents for Kandis raises my blood pressure by about twenty points, even though she has a very extensive Amazon.com wish list.

Maybe I'm still able to get into the Christmas spirit because it's a time for family, some time off from work, and some junk food indulgence. I'm thirty now, but there's still a magical feeling that seems to fill the air during the holiday season. In many ways, it's the same feeling that affected me when I was a young child and still believed in Santa Clause. Christmas means different things to me now, but it's still a wonderful time of the year, even though it's become somewhat nerve-wracking for me.

Happy Holidays!

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