Three years ago, I was spending my second of what would be four Christmases at the large law firm where I worked.

And, when I say I spent four Christmases at work, I mean that literally. In those four years, I didn’t have a single year where Christmas Eve or Christmas Day was not interrupted by the pressing needs of a partner or client.

I’m not complaining, mind you, nor am I an overly religious person. But the holidays, to me, have always been a time to spend enjoyable hours with family and friends, talking about the year behind you, the year ahead of you, and how you were the cutest kid ever (thanks, Mom).

So, you can imagine, as I sat there three years ago, the thought of spending a second straight year doing work on Christmas did not exactly appeal to me. I have nothing but the utmost respect and appreciation for those who have to do it every year.

While my wife and family gathered at a grandparents’ house for food, drink, and cookies (mostly cookies), I was culling minutiae for an emergency document review. (Only later would I learn that the review was so urgent that the folks up the chain would almost immediately look over my work … in mid-January.) I’m not too proud to admit that was a bad day.

Five days later, I started Bleacher Nation. Looking back, I guess it probably wasn’t a coincidence.

Indeed, the holidays are a time to spend enjoyable hours with family and friends, and I’m thankful that my new job allows me spend time with friends (i.e., you) every day of the year. That sounds cheesy, I know. But it’s Christmas. I can be cheesy.

All that said, you can expect limited posting from now through Tuesday. There will *probably* be a scattered post here and there, and obviously, if news or a hot rumor breaks, I’ll set down my eggnog and cover it. (I’ve actually never had eggnog. It sounds gross.) I reckon I’ll still be around in the comments, on the Message Board, on Twitter and on Facebook, because, well, I can’t help myself. But the epic tome on Manny Corpas as the primary seventh-inning pitcher will have to wait.

To you and yours, a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.

  • Who knows

    Happy holidays everyone

  • Dumpman

    Haha if we drop Garza to the North Pole (TOR) for a nice sleigh of prospects you’ll be on here quick.

  • CubsFanatic

    Happy Holidays guys. To one and all. :)

  • Spencer

    Merry Christmas! Hope everyone as a great time with friends and family.

  • MightyBear

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to Brett and all my buddies at BN. Here’s to a great 2012.

  • hansman1982

    Merry Christmas!

  • SweetJamesJones

    Merry Christmas to all! Everyone enjoy and be safe!

  • Ur Mom

    Santa better bring me prince fielder or I’m gonna be pissed!

  • Ol’CharlieBrown

    Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to Brett and everyone at Bleacher Nation! Glad to hear you can now enjoy Christmas the way it should be, Brett. Go Cubs!

  • ty

    during those late hours when an old retiree can not sleep the recent discovery of bleachernation has been a festivus blessing. the give and take of you young guys keeps me laughing. Merry Christmas!

  • greg b

    I know I’m not much of a poster but i still am on this site religiously lookng for updates and just want to say thank you again Brett for all your hard work and hope you have a great christmas god bless you and your family

  • jandersonjr81

    Marry Christmas, Brett. Just found out I’m having a baby girl yesterday. Greatest Christmas present I could ask for.

    BTW, add a lil Rum and Nutmeg to your eggnog, you might change your mind.

    • Brett

      Now that’s a Christmas present. Congrats!

  • TC

    Merry Christmas Brett! Thanks for all the hard work this year!

  • art

    Thanks Brett, and Merry Xmas to all.


    Merry Christmas to everyone.

  • Caleb

    Merry Christmas to everybody! Except those I disagree with, or who didnt vote for me as the new cubs GM. Okay, those people too. Still. Really wanted that job- I’m sure I would have been way better than this Jeb (or is it Ned?) fellow. Maybe next time. Go cubs!

  • Lou

    Probably one of the BEST thing you’ve ever written Brett. Really enjoyed reading it. Cheers and Happy Holidays!

  • Mike Foster

    Merry Christmas Brett, enjoy the family, it’s special, add rum to the eggnog, and I’ll be changing my avatar to my BN T-shirt soon…….Yeehaw!!!!!

  • SouthernCub

    Classy Brett, thanks for the share. ps. Youre not missing anything w/ eggnog

  • D-day

    Brett go meet theo at Starbucks and have an eggnog latte and discuss strategy

  • Brett

    Thanks, all, for the holiday wishes and the kind words. I updated the body to make clear that, when I was making the cheesy statement that I get to spend time with friends every day, I was referring to all of you. I’m feeling that way even more now.

    You’re good people.

  • Peder

    Merry Christmas all

  • Cerambam

    Happy holidays!! Go cubs!

  • Nomar’s Left Glove

    Merry Christmas all. Brett, thank you for what you d and a little perspective.

  • jim

    I just had to raid fridge for a big slice of top fox n obel cheese. It’s all your fault 😉

  • http://bleachernation cubfaninswmo

    first time poster,but avid reader of bleachernation. season greetings to you and yours bret – and to every one on this site. from a cub fan, transplanted in cardinal land from lake county indiana,a cub fan from early1930s, but i can say i have seen the cubs play in the 45 world series, but i will be around to see that again in few years lord willing.

  • MrCub73

    Thanks Brett for this site, I check it daily, sometimes multiple times. Enjoy your family time, no trade, no job, not really anything in this world is better than spending quality time with family. Merry Christmas and God Bless to all!!!!!!

  • Wilbur

    Merry Christmas and Happy holidays from an old timer who enjoys listening to the young guys banter …

    BN has been a real find, hope 2012 sees even more success for Brett and fun topics for usto kick around …

    As for Eggnog, you either love it or hate it.

  • JasonB

    Merry holidays everyone!

  • http://Bleachernation Ramy16

    Merry christmas Brett and gang! I hope my wife got me that new Starlin Castro authentic jersey! Have to retire my Aramis Ramirez Jersey :(
    I hope Theo gets us some late Christmas gifts to fill 1st base and third and left field etc.. Lol