Every year, I tend to get the holiday dread. This is something that is sort of counter to what everyone else is thinking. While gas heating systems are making houses cozy and people are trimming the tree, I’m wishing I was anywhere else. It’s nothing current really. Like most children, I appreciated Christmas and everything about it. But when my parents divorced, that was sort of the end of my Christmas cheerful. This was mainly due to the fact that my Dad now viewed myself and others as the hired help. Plus, she would have the gas oil furnace just blasting as I was up in the cold attic getting down decorations. It was the worst. I would be dripping with sweat while moving furniture, lifting boxes of decorations all because the Heating and Air Conditioning heating was on the silly setting. Since then, I have pretty much dreaded Christmas. You’d suppose it would be different now that I’m an adult with my own family. But no, every one of us still have to make the trek to my Mom’s and deal with the Heating and Air Conditioning control unit setting from hell. This still hasn’t changed. It was so bad this past Christmas that I had to keep knocking down the control unit setting on the gas oil furnace. But Dad would come right behind myself and others and pump it back up. It’s her home so, I just gave up. However, this absolutely struck a chord with myself and others this year. On the way south to our home, I just told my wifey that if my Dad wants to do Christmas, she’d do it at our house. That was just the last Christmas that I’m not going to love because of too much Heating and Air Conditioning heating and bad memories.