Posts in category "Christmas"

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 »

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 »
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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 »

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 »

8 Christmas gifts for people who don't need more stuff

8 Christmas gifts for people who don't need more stuff
What is the perfect Christmas gift for the person who doesn’t need anything? There are certainly people in need for whom new things are a luxury, but many of us have plenty of stuff, in some cases more stuff than we can keep organized already. The idealistic solution for those who really want more stuff would be... Read more »
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The final Black Friday sales

People used to live here. It was a nice neighborhood. Now it is ruins. There used to be a thing called Black Friday. On the day after Thanksgiving, stores would have big sales. Some stores opened super early in the morning with special early bird prices. People lined up outside the doors waiting to get... Read more »

Misogyny accusations raise tensions at Santa's Workshop

Misogyny accusations raise tensions at Santa's Workshop
Santa’s Workshop has been a target of misogyny accusations and harassment claims largely surrounding the treatment of toy developer Missy d’Elf. Missy and her supporters have been threatened, and their personal information has been posted online. Many argue the harassment is more evidence of the notoriously anti-feminist culture in the toy-making industry. Opponents say the... Read more »

The Twelve Days of Christmas with Swear Words

Warning: This post contains adult language. Actually, after this introduction this post is basically just a string of profanity. If that’s not your thing you should probably skip reading this. If, however, you love swear words I’ve got a special Twelve Days of Christmas song for you. I did warn you that there would be... Read more »
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What does Santa Claus do for your family?

What does Santa Claus do for your family?
Santa Claus is an all-seeing, immortal, polyglot, shape-shifter. By some accounts Santa is also a slave owner, although others claim that the elves receive fair compensation for their labor. Sometimes Santa seems truly omniscient, while at other times he needs to employ onsite surveillance via the Elf on the Shelf. (Or does the Elf on... Read more »