The nice thing about taking most of December off is you get most of December off. The sad thing about taking most of December off: it's December.
On the bright side; the best holiday in America is next week. The last vestige of Puritanism in America is joined by all our pagan friends in giving gratitutde to the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob for all our blessings.
In many ways it is an irony of ironies that Black Fiday follows such a day.