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That Darned Secret Santa Thing!

Why am I expected to have a Secret Santa partner every year? If I want to give someone something, then I'll give it to 'em!

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The X-Mas Files

Back when I was in high school, I read a screed about how the term "X-mas" had cheapened Christmas, reducing the significance of what is, after all, the holiday representing the birthdate of the Messiah (even if it probably didn't really occur in December... but that's another rant).

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Dealing With Christmas Crowds

Thank goodness for online shopping -- because those screeching Christmas crowds make me want to hole up in some dark, quiet place with a gallon of eggnog and a tub of Pumpkin Spice ice cream. For about a year. Seriously, how can there possibly be so many human beings in my little corner of the world?

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What's With Those Twelve Days of Christmas?

So: what's up with this "Twelve Days of Christmas" thing? I only ever counted one, except when I cheated and counted Eastern Orthodox Christmas on January 6. And what's the deal with lords a-leaping and maids a-milking and that cartridge in a bear tree jazz?

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Gee, Thanks for the Christmas Fruitcake! NOT.

Okay, let's put it right out there: there's really only ONE Christmas fruitcake in the world, and we all know it. I mean, think about it. Have you ever concluded your Christmas dinner with a hearty slice of fruitcake? Especially the one you got from Great Aunt Edna again last year?

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Isn't it About Time We Updated Our Christmas Songs?

Some old Christmas songs are classics, in the same way the King James Version of the Bible is a classic: songs like "Silent Night," "O Holy Night," "Frosty the Snowman," even "Rudolph." But it's surprising how many outdated Christmas songs we sing just because our parents did, and theirs did before them.

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