Posts tagged "Christmas"

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 »

Why must Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas be close together?

My Halloween preparations began in mid-September, although I’d been thinking about it for longer. That’s when I started finding pieces for my daughter’s Princess in Black costume, deciding on my own costume, and trying to find the best deal on a Boba Fett costume for my son. I also bought some new Halloween decorations and... 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 »
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Groundhog Day 2: Christmas Again

Groundhog Day 2: Christmas Again
She woke up on December 26th, and it was Christmas Day. That is, it should have been December 26th when she woke up, but instead it was Christmas again. The exact same Christmas that she had lived the day before. A lot of people would be thrilled for Christmas Day to get stuck in a... 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 »

The holiday spirit flowed through me

I’m not a big fan of Christmas and the holiday season in general. All the pressure to be joyful seems pretty naive if you pay attention to the news. The world is shit, but for one month everyone is supposed to ignore that and hang up shiny decorations and buy presents no one needs. I’d... 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 »

A new coworker and an empty office on Christmas Eve

Using the empty office seemed like a good idea at the time. I mean, I know that open work environments are all the rage and that they are supposed to be great for collaboration and stuff, but the lack of privacy is going to take some getting used to. Besides, all they have me doing... 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 »
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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 »