From the November 2012 magazine.

November 2012: Warning! Holidays Ahead

Good news: No matter which holiday you celebrate—it's only 24 hours long!

It never seems to fail that when November rolls around there’s a struggling newcomer in our group who asks at a closed meeting: “But how am I to get through the holidays?”

The answer from old-timers present is, just as unfailingly, the same: “A holiday, like any other day, need not be coped with until it comes. And when it does come, it is only twenty-four hours long.”

There are other answers, of course—to the effect that one mustn’t get too tired, must remember to eat, and would do well to avoid the kind of festivities that present particularly difficult...

-- M.C.

Pleasantville, New York