This right here is my least-favorite time of the year. Fall is great, what with the leaves and cider mill trips and Halloween and Thanksgiving. December is awesome too, because there are lights and a zillion activities and a shorter work schedule and Christmas and New Year’s Eve.
But then we get to January 2nd and I sink into a momentary depression as I try to figure out what is worth living for. Yes, yes, family, I know you’re there. I’m just saying that this is a bummer.
January 2nd is when the holidays end for me. Right after I’ve gotten used to a break from work and enjoying time with games and relatives, this day appears and suddenly I have to shift back into work mode. Everything cranks back up, but it’s a reluctant crank because who wants to let go of presents and figgy pudding and sleeping in?
And what is there to look forward to? Christmas should really be at the end of January, because from January 2nd until, say, Easter, there’s not a lot in terms of wild celebrations and huge amounts of time off. No, on January 2nd it’s work and more work and even more work, coupled with at least three more months of cold, wet, dark winter.
Game-wise, nothing releases in January. MMO studios are trying to recover from the break too, so there’s not much in terms of updates either. And for those of us who need to write a lot of news, January is a black pit of nothingness. It just sucks.
So here’s to January 2nd, may you be kicked to the curb and forgotten until this time next year. Good riddance!