The week between Christmas and the new year is always an annoying time to me. I find holidays in general annoying, because of their disruption, so maybe this week is particularly annoying because it is flanked by two holidays. Just when I could be recovering from the disruption of Christmas, I have to be dealing with the impending disruption brought by the new year holiday. I see three possible solutions; We could move Christmas back to sometime in spring (the most likely time when Jesus was actually born, anyway); We could arbitrarily remove seven days from December and add them to other months, make December 24th the last day of the year, and then just combine the two holidays; We could speed up the Earth's rotation so that there were seven fewer days in the year. Given the tenacity of cultural habits, the last option is probably the most likely to be attainable. Could somebody who knows physics get to work on that, please?
And I wish the new neighbors would waste some energy on heating their house with a furnace instead of their fireplace. The smoke manages to get into my house and linger here constantly now. I'd prefer real smog to this.