Posts in category "Christmas"

Santa Claus is Coming to Town: New Version Just for Moms!

You better watch out, you better not cry, You better not shout, I’m telling you why: Santa Claus is coming to town. It’s not just the kids. He sees their parents too. He knows all those things that moms sometimes do. Santa Claus is coming to town.   He sees you when you’re yelling or staring at your phone.... Read more »

A letter to Santa from Trump's America

Dear Santa, We’ve been naughty. We elected a woman-degrading, racist-appeasing, megalomaniac to be President of the United States. There are many reasons this happened some understandable, some vile. I wouldn’t blame you for removing the United States from your Christmas Eve flight plan altogether this year, but just in case you decide we are worthy of... Read more »

The Christmas tradition I'm giving up this year

The Christmas tradition I'm giving up this year
For the past two years I have adorned the doorway to our living room with 24 red and green envelopes. Inside each envelope was a slip of paper. Most listed a surprise activity: make cookies, visit Santa, make ornaments, decorate the Christmas tree, read a holiday story. A couple were just jokes (strategically placed on... Read more »
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Please, no Santa spoilers in front of my children

I like to take my kids to ride CTA Holiday Train. It’s an inexpensive bit of holiday entertainment. It’s the sort of thing that makes me love living in Chicago. It is not the sort of outing that I thought would expose my kids to discussions about Santa not being real. Unfortunately, some people have... Read more »

Starbucks is for coffee, not for validating my choice of holidays

Starbucks is for coffee, not for validating my choice of holidays
Some people are upset because Starbucks Red Cups are not adorned with specific Christmas images this year. A simple design choice on a particular piece of seasonal landfill fodder has been declared part of the alleged “War on Christmas” and has been met with comments that don’t embody the spirit of the holiday people claim... Read more »

In defense of Christmas cards

In defense of Christmas cards
I love getting Christmas cards. I know a lot of people celebrate Christmas but don’t send cards. They complain about the time it takes to do them, or they say Christmas cards are a waste of money. That’s fine. I don’t think anyone should do more than they want to during the holidays. However, I... Read more »
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Dear Snopes, I knew about the Elf on the Shelf and the NSA a year ago

Dear Snopes, I knew about the Elf on the Shelf and the NSA a year ago
Snopes is a useful website for debunking or confirming rumors and urban legends. I value Snopes articles for being able to thwart popular misconceptions, but the article I saw this morning debunking a rumor that the Elf on the Shelf is a tool of the National Security Agency (aka the NSA) disappointed me. No, I... Read more »

Elf on the Shelf as a justification for murder?

Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, My distinguished colleague painted a harsh picture of my client as a Christmas villain worse than Scrooge and the Grinch combined, a lunatic who would kill someone for giving her a Christmas present she didn’t like. What my colleague failed to mention was the nature of that unwanted Christmas present. The gift (if... Read more »

The saddest Christmas song ever

The saddest Christmas song ever
A lot of Christmas music is playful or religious, but there are also some really sad Christmas songs. Some are bittersweet. “I’ll be home for Christmas” tends to make me cry, but other Christmas songs are downright depressing. Nat King Cole sang  “The Little Boy that Santa Claus Forgot.” That song includes the not-so-festive lyric... Read more »
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Older kids often overlooked in toy drive donations

A few years ago I helped set up for the Care for Real toy drive distribution day. This involved sorting donations by age and placing them on the appropriate tables. The age range with the most gifts was 0-3. Those toys were piled onto a row of tables with many more waiting in back for replenishing throughout... Read more »