Snowing in Blogland

December is here!! Cue the Christmas music, white elephant parties, Little Debbie tree cakes, 70-degree weather…the usual. And a small but fantastic December treat is back again this year: wordpress snow. (Cute, right?)

(thanks, internet!)

Ah, the end of the year. The perfect time for free online personality assessments, no? (…just me?) Somebody posted a link to their Myers-Briggs profile on Facebook today, so I zipped on over to look at my own. (Not a surprise: still an ENFP. Nerded out about this in March 2011, if you’re dying to know more about M-B. Which, aren’t you?!)  This led me on a little google goose chase for other tests I haven’t taken before, and I found this test from the VIA Institute on Character.

It’s supposed to be similar to the Clifton Strengths Finder, which you may have seen floating around email signatures, if you have any student affairs professionals in your life. I’ve never taken that one, mainly because it’s not online for free. But I want to, mainly because one of the qualities is called “woo”… which stands for Winning Others Over: “You enjoy the challenge of meeting new people and getting them to like you.” I like that. I also just like saying “woo.”

This VIA test is a set of 200 or so questions. If you’re feeling introspective or bored, give it a try! I blasted through it in a few minutes. (One time I sat through a similar test with a much more analytical individual and found his “but what does that really mean?” second-guesses excruciating. So to each his own.) You end up with rankings for 24 Character Strengths. Not as much info to sift through as the Meyers-Briggs, but still interesting. Just for shiggles, here’s how mine shook out:

Top 5: (Yay! These are nice.)

Appreciation of Beauty & Excellence

Bottom 5: (Yeesh…these are accurate.)

Perseverance (as in: follow-through, focus)

That’s the thing about the personality test business, you have to take the rough with the smooth, and face the reality that your flaws aren’t always as charming as you’d like to imagine…

But isn’t that the core of so many iconic holiday characters — Bad Guys or Good Guys (or, you know, like all of us: Both Guys)?

Scrooge. The Grinch. George Bailey. Dreamy Prime Minister Hugh Grant in Love Actually.

Those guys learn to embrace what’s good in themselves, (with a little help from the occasional angel or ghost), while recognizing what’s not-so-good and taking advantage of opportunities to change for the better. That’s why we’re filled with cheer at the end of the story. Because we want to make things right. Ask forgiveness. Fall in love. Hug ZuZu. Give away scandalously large hams.

It’s a new way to look at the holidays…one that tells me I’m getting old…in which I’m less excited about presents and more excited about the possibility for second chances. Because anything can happen. It’s snowing on my blog.