|from the movie, "The Christmas Story"|
Every year I say the same thing, “Yea! It’s the holiday season. Play the Christmas music! Break out the decorations! Let’s shop! Let’s bake and drink and be merry!”
I love it … I hate it! Why is most Christmas music so annoying – stop yelling at me in song that it’s “the most wonderful time of the year”! And shopping – the pressure of expressing my love and affection for people through a personalized travel mug or something equally unnecessary that makes the gift receiver ask, “What the Ho-Ho-Ho were you thinking?” And, who has time to bake when I can’t decide what to buy and who has the best sale prices! Of course, there’s always time to drink – and be horribly hung over while listening to obnoxiously loud Christmas music!
Oh the guilt of hating it – Actually, yes, I do love it! Family memories and traditions and the “there’s always next year to buy you something better” mentality and the children and, oh yeah, all that religious stuff, of course – the true meaning of Christmas…
Three phrases that sum up Christmas are: Peace on Earth, Goodwill to Men, and Batteries not Included.
I once bought my kids a set of batteries for Christmas with a note on it saying, toys not included.
Once again, we come to the Holiday Season, a deeply religious time that each of us observes, in his own way, by going to the mall of his choice."
Dave Barry, humor columnist
Oh look, yet another Christmas TV special! How touching to have the meaning of Christmas brought to us by cola, fast food, and beer.... Who'd have ever guessed that product consumption, popular entertainment, and spirituality would mix so harmoniously?
Bill Watterson, cartoonist and creator of Calvin and Hobbes
As we struggle with shopping lists and invitations, compounded by December's bad weather, it is good to be reminded that there are people in our lives who are worth this aggravation, and people to whom we are worth the same.
Donald E. Westlake, crime fiction writer