This week's letter comes to us from Steve in Wichita, KS. Steve writes:
First of all, you are probably dead from blaspheming the infant Messiah's B-day. But if not, let me tell you that there are quite a few things amiss about the season as a whole. First off there are the people who whine and complain about those who take the season out of context. Christmas is a holiday made up by the Catholic church to offset pagan festivals. The Winter festival is offset by Xmas, the Spring festival is offset by Easter. The Festival of Sobriety and Moderation is offset by St. Patty's Day and so forth. Nowhere in the Bible does it say to celebrate Xmas or how to. It does however say, "Though shall not kill," so think about that before going to the Christmas tree farm... murderers!
Also there are the people who complain about how much weight they will gain because of the holiday season. Ham and stuffing taste the exact same in August as they do in November and December. No one is making you eat. Note how Aunt Bessie stopped trying to get you to eat more of her (in)famous pistachio Jello mold a decade ago.
But most of all there is the lingering memory of not getting a pony from Santa when I was six. Sure, you may say, "But he gave you one when you were seven!" Great, but I really wanted one the year before and it still stings a little, you know. Great question, Steve. Now it's everyone else's turn. What bugs you about Christmas?