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Second Annual National Forget Your Family, Love Your Television Day

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It's hard to imagine that a year has passed already, but, December 16 marks the second annual National Forget Your Family, Love Your Television Day. That's right, the holiday I created last year is back for its second go-round and boy, am I excited.

As you may recall, National Forget Your Family, Love Your Television Day is the day of the year on which it is most acceptable to sit down in front of your television, tune out the chatter of loved ones, and focus your attention exclusively on your television. I can't even begin to tell you how happy I am that this day is back. There's a ton of great football matches tomorrow, including a primetime one between the New York Giants and the Washington Redskins. The Survivor: China finale is on, and Extras is doing its special, one-night only, super-special series finale on HBO.

Can we be honest with each other for just one moment here? You work hard. You know you work hard. An eight-hour day? Come on, you know you work more than that. You're pulling 10- and 12-hour days at the office on a regular basis. Then there's your commute. Then there's the fact that when you get home you check your work e-mail, maybe finish writing up a proposal, and when you wake up in the morning you check your e-mail again first thing. When you do have any free time at all you're running to soccer practice, band rehearsals, and checking over homework.

Sure, you love doing it, of course you do, you're doing it for your family and you care more about them than anyone or thing else in the world. But, you deserve a little time to yourself as well.

That's what National Forget Your Family, Love Your Television Day is all about. It's one Sunday a year. One Sunday, just before Christmas, when you can stop, take a breath, and catch up on all those old shows on your TiVo. I myself will be watching Battlestar Galactica's "Razor" episode sometime around three o'clock in the afternoon. I would have watched it sooner, but I've been spending time with my family.

You love your family. No one wants to change that. But remember this, your family loves you too. They want you to be happy. They want you to be the best person you can be. Taking a little "me time" for yourself is going to help you be a better person.

National Forget Your Family, Love Your Television Day is December 16. Take the time out of your schedule to spend some moments with your television. It'll make you happier, it'll make your television happier, and it'll make your family happier.

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About Josh Lasser

Josh has deftly segued from a life of being pre-med to film school to television production to writing about the media in general. And by 'deftly' he means with agonizing second thoughts and the formation of an ulcer.
  • Glen Boyd

    You are some piece of work Mr. Lasser.


  • friendmouse

    No, no – excellent idea/holiday! I have already walked the dog (in the middle of the Northeast’s big ol’ snowstorm) so as to be able to hunker down in front of the t.v. uninterrupted. On the docket: some of S3 Deadwood, the Cowboy Bebop movie and some Pushing Daisies episodes I’ve been saving for a rainy snowy day.