Yes, you can have a whole cookie.
No, you cannot have a whole pie.
Yes, you can flirt with the Salvation Army Santa.
No, you can't stalk Facebook for college boys wearing Santa hats.
Yes, you can buy yourself a present.
No, it can’t be a car.
Yes, you can cook a big family dinner.
No, it can’t be catered.
Yes, you can spike the eggnog.
No, you can’t hire a cute bartender in a Santa hat to serve it.
Yes, you can quit going to someone’s annual party.
No, you can’t quit your job.
Yes, you can make New Year’s Resolutions.
No, you don’t have to keep them.
A funny thing happened when I tried to build a tree out of books.
1) I learned that many of my books are upstairs.
2) I learned that I was lazy.
But as I built my miniature tree from the books I keep near my workspace, I felt like I was standing on the shoulders of all the writers I admire, all the writers who have helped me, who have held my hand, who have lent their shoulders to cry on. Thank you for helping me build my career. And my tree.