In Search of a Better Holiday Season

Whenever I make small talk around this time of year, the first question I remind myself to ask is whether the person I’m speaking to is what I’d call “a holiday person.” Because for all the marketing around joy and cheer that begins just after the Halloween candy is discounted by 50%, for many people, “happy holidays” aren’t necessarily happy.

For some, the holidays are all warmth and light, smells of pine and crackling fire and a roast in the oven, a time of year made all the warmer and more welcoming by the joy of being in the company of weird, wacky, but eminently…