Humans Never Demonstrate Their Stupidity More Than at Christmas

RECEIVED Tue., Dec. 26, 2006

The joy of plastic Christmas,
    Ahh, the 26th. Lines a mile long down at Wal-Mart returning unnecessary plastic objects while the purchasers of those items are home trying to figure out how to pay off the credit card that was used for that transaction. At no time of the year do humans show their stupidity more than at Christmas. We all climb further into debt so Aunt Betty can have a flower vase that promptly goes in the closet as soon as you walk out her door. Make an agreement with your family that this all has to stop. Spend that money to pay off your credit cards and show responsibility to your kids (clearing debt is more important than buying crap). Grab some scrap lumber and spend Christmas Day building a wagon with your kids. Trust me, it's not that hard, requires few tools, and at the end of the day, you've spent time with your kids, and they have something that might last more than a week. Let your kids paint it any way they want. Explain to them that this wagon did not require child slave labor in China like the Wal-Mart crap would have. And finally, if you are going to celebrate Christmas, please try to remember that it is really all about a guy that was born a couple of thousand years ago that wound up being pretty important. I bet that man would not buy unnecessary plastic objects at Wal-Mart.
William MacNaughton
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