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Watch: Charlie Brown’s Christmas Tales

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Christmas is a win some, lose some scenario for everyone. It really matters on where the year’s taken you. To argue otherwise would just be, well, lying. In all honesty, if most of your year’s been spent in the gutter, staring at the gloomy abyss you call a job, it’s highly unlikely a consumer-ridden fiesta is going to liven up your spirits. Maybe if that fiesta involves some Jack Daniels, but even that can take a turn for the worse (Just ask Jim Morrison).

But on the contrary, and without playing the cynical Devil’s advocate, Christmas time isn’t so much a period where you need to be smiling, it’s a moment of the year when you should be smiling. Things are wrapping up, man. And yes, it might just be the end of a calendar, and yes, time is all encompassing and what not, but in terms of a fiscal year, it’s pretty much a restart. So, even if you are miserable, down in the dumps, wallet-less, depressed, you have your wallet but nothing’s in it, and/or without friends… try and look around. There are colorful lights up, there are people smiling, and for once, this lousy world of ours shuts down and just chills out.

That’s something to appreciate, and once you get to that realization, you can start to whittle it down to what Christmas is at its core. It’s not about the fat man in the red, furry suit, it’s not about buying and giving crap to people, and it’s not even about Jesus (Hell, even the church admits he probably wasn’t born around this time.); instead, it’s about being alive and celebrating that notion with people. With that in mind, go out and live — preferably with a couch, someone (anyone) close to you, and certainly a nice warm cup of something to go with it (be it Irish coffee or hot cocoa).

And if you’re really dying for some traditional holiday lessons, Charles Schulz and that cute-as-hell beagle do it best…

Happy Holidays, CoS loves you!

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