Christmas holidays are right here for the westerners. Chinese long break will be in February for Chinese New Year. I have conflicting feelings for the holidays. I like to visit the family members and friends who I don't see for months or for years. But if I have to do all the gathering everyday or every meal during the holidays, I would feel sufficating and so comes my fear toward the coming holidays. I've tried to veto the proposal of spending long time in jammed traffic for a short visit to the sightseeing spots. Shouldn't the breaks be real breaks? Fortunately, there are not many long breaks in a year. I feel the normal quiet days are the best breaks for me.