Ever since I’ve become a semi-functioning adult, the holidays have really lost their pizazz. I typically enjoy having a few days off from work, but during the Christmas season, those days are chock full of mandatory get-togethers, starring a cast of characters that isn’t particularly fond of my opinions. And they won’t rest until I change those opinions to agree with theirs.
So, whenever the calendar crosses into December, I start to get a little twitchy.
But I’m a huge nerd. And during the holidays, those geeky predilections act like a buffer. They allow me to escape, if only for a few minutes, into an alternate reality where grandpa isn’t outraged by the length of my hair and Aunt Ruth isn’t trying to convince me that Pat Robertson has some really good ideas.
This year, my alternate reality is cleverly disguised as a cell phone. For the last couple of weeks, I’ve been pulling together a cash of Christmas-themed chiptunes. So, when the party takes a tyrannical turn, I can excuse myself for a few, pop on a pair of headphones, and thrown down some festive, holiday jams. Hopefully, this will allow me to stay upbeat and holiday-focused.
But, it would be rude to keep this playlist to myself. After all, I’m sure there are other nerds who need an escape from their relatives. So, Merry Christmas, and good luck out there.