Ring In New Year Or Go To Bed Early?

Are you the type of person who stays up past midnight to ring in the new year? Or do you celebrate, then get an early night’s rest?

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Ring In New Year Or Go To Bed Early?

What Do You Want?

For many people, this time of year is about gift-giving and -receiving. Little children are expected to sit on Santa’s lap and tell them what they want for Christmas. Even for adults, this time of year can be a good opportunity to answer the question: What do you want?

As an added bonus, it doesn’t even need to be Christmas specific. In general, what is it you want — for yourself, for your community, or for the world at large?


Listen to a podcast where Michael and Lee discuss the related question: ‘How do you define success?’ We also discuss a bonus question: ‘Is happiness the most important purpose in life?’


This question, when tied to the Christmas holiday, tends to be focused on the commercial. What present should someone wrap and put under the tree? However, in our thought exercise, it can be more than that. Not there is anything wrong with wanting a material good, like a new smartphone or a video game console. But you may also want something abstract, like justice, or peace, or happiness.

Knowing what it is that you want, some would argue, is the first step to getting it.  After all, if you don’t know what it is that you want, how will you know if you have achieved it?

So, like a child standing in line at the mall, waiting for a chance to sit on Santa’s lap, think about what you plan on asking for. What do you want?

Related questions: What new technology do you want? What do you want to do before you die? Why do we like what we like? What would you do with a million dollars?

Thanksgiving Or Christmas?

Thanksgiving and Christmas, being about a month apart, are temporally related. However, they are celebrated in drastically different ways. Do you like one holiday more than the other?

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Thanksgiving Or Christmas?
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How Are You Going To Celebrate Thanksgiving This Year?

With the pandemic showing no signs of slowing down, Thanksgiving this year will pose some unusual challenges. What are your plans, and how are they changing from past years? Are you hosting people (and how many)? Traveling somewhere else? Are there any extra precautions you are taking?

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