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It’s Christmastime, which means a mad dash of yuletide craziness for yours portly, followed by a stately glide into New Year’s. Right now I’m riding the wave of insanity, hoping I don’t wipe out along the way to the crest.
Years ago, I worked for a municipal performing arts center as the Cultural Coordinator—a cool title for a stressful job. The venue was a beautiful opera house of the kind that graced many mid-sized Southern towns in the late nineteenth century. We did not host an opera company (as far as I can recall, not a single note of opera was performed in the venue while I was there), so the name is a bit of a misnomer, but we did feature a number of different performances, both those we booked ourselves through the city, and those put on by enterprising residents who rented out our facilities.
The month of December was brutal. In addition to our own events, we were also slammed with rentals. Friday and Saturday nights saw me splitting my time between an outdoor musical event and whoever happened to be in the opera house that weekend. One Christmas, I was so stressed out I starting losing weight without even realizing it, leading to my 2011 weight loss odyssey.
Unfortunately, I was so busy and stressed, I started loathing Christmas—a holiday I love!
Fortunately, while I’m still pretty busy at the holidays, I no longer dread their approach. That said, I have had quite a week, and have another major one ahead of me.