Americans are taking to the air, and the roads today, in a mini-migration movement that happens every year.
Like confused lemmings, people across the nation visit one another briefly, before repeating the mini-migration home. Going to, and coming back, during the holidays is generally a hellish experience.
Let's be honest. The chances of getting stuck in an airport or horrendous traffic jams are pretty high this year.
The Automobile Association of America is warning that there's going to be a record amount of travelers (90 million plus) this weekend.
If you thought last year was bad, you better buckle up for this year.
I find it curious that people feel like they have to travel for the holidays. There's an entire year to visit family and friends, so why pick the worst days of the year to go?
Here comes the part that really confuses me; is traveling to visit others the true meaning of Christmas? I guess it depends. Being with family is usually a positive thing, but not always.
The religious aspect of Christmas is simple; it's a time to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. Nothing more, or nothing less.
If you aren't religious, then it stands to reason that you see the holiday as a time to go shopping, and perhaps partying.
That's the case with most Americans today. The religious aspect has been slowly dwindling away in recent decades. I don't think that's bad, or good. It is, what it is.
The majority of people today, according to analysts, see Christmas has a time to travel and exchange gifts. To me, that's where the holiday hell part comes in.
Time for me to walk on down the road...