By John DiMotto
As we get deeper into the month of December, and the holidays are in full swing, is there a relationship between the Courts and the Holidays? The answer is a resounding, Yes!
For about 50 weeks out of the year, the courts are very busy resolving disputes - the true work of the courts. However, for about 2 weeks, the courts get a chance to take stock of life and resolution can take a back seat to reflection.
The Holidays are a lot about family and friendship. The Holidays are about doing for others as opposed to getting or taking from others. For two weeks out of the year, people truly are nicer and more accommodating of the needs of others. It seems like for two weeks people take a time out from an attitude of "go, go, go" and instead pause and look outward not so much inward.
Of course, we are open for business during the month but the pace is different and people are kinder. Even attorneys who are at each others throats back off a bit.
Goodwill abounds more during these final two weeks of December than at any other time during the year. It is refreshing.