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The 3rd Annual National Forget Your Family, Love Your Television Day

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I can't tell you my excitement. I am overjoyed, I am overwhelmed. I am astounded, I am flabbergasted. I am shocked and pleased. This truly is the most wonderful time of the year.

Oh, not for the reason you think, but it is.

You see, this Sunday is my holiday. I know, most of you figure that the real upcoming holiday is the 25th, and, you're right, that's a great one, but that's not my holiday. My holiday is this Sunday.

This Sunday (in case you didn't know — and I think you did, I think you were just playing coy) is the 3rd Annual National Forget Your Family, Love Your Television Day. I'm giddy, I'm positively giddy.

You see, as I've explained in years past, you work hard. Every day. Every single day you work hard. Even in this economy. Forty hour work week? Yeah, in what world? You probably clock 50 to 60 hours a week at the office, then you come home, and as much as you love your family, as much as you want to spend time with them, there are just sometimes when you want to sit there in front of your television, relax, and enjoy yourself.

That's what the 3rd Annual National Forget Your Family, Love Your Television Day is all about. It's the one day that's socially acceptable for you to tune out your loved ones and tune in a great football game (Panthers vs. Giants in primetime in a battle for NFC supremacy), or Million Dollar Password, or the New Orleans Bowl, or any number of shows that you have sitting there on your TiVo that you haven't had the chance to watch yet.

National Forget Your Family, Love Your Television Day is, contrary to what our critics believe, not about shutting out your family. National Forget Your Family, Love Your Television Day is about taking a few hours (24 to be specific) for yourself so that you're more relaxed and prepared to deal with your life (and your family is a part of that life) come Monday morning.

I'm really excited that this holiday has been brought back for a third go-round. I quite honestly believe that the holiday does a lot of good. Let other people wrap presents for a day, let other people fix dinner for once. Take a few hours for yourself. You deserve it, your family deserves it.

Our lives are filled with so much clutter, so much junk, so much useless, wasted time. Everything is packed together, you run from one thing to the next never able to stop and smell the roses.

No, smell-o-vision hasn't been perfected yet, but I promise you, you sit there in front of a 50-inch plasma, pop-in your latest, greatest, Blu-ray (or the Giants game, I'm going to watch the Giants game), pump up the volume, and blow the clutter right out the window.

The 3rd Annual National Forget Your Family, Love Your Television Day is this Sunday, December 21st. This is not just a Hallmark holiday. Go out and celebrate… check that, stay in and celebrate!

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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.