Ten happenings that confound (& amuse) me at this time of year:
1. Parents of elementary schoolers being irate that somebody may have told their child the truth.
2. Shoppers who think that "saving" money means paying less for something that their loved ones will have to pretend to appreciate, instead actually putting the money in their own bank account.
3. Neighbors using their unemployment checks to buy decorations for their home which will drive up their utility bills.
4. Parents forcing their children to sit on the lap of a disguised stranger and then being frustrated when the child cries and/or struggles to be free.
5. Getting up in the wee hours of the morning in the cold to buy something that you could've purchased online.
6. "Jesus is the Reason for the Season" signs and buttons (no, he's not)
7. Receiving unsigned mass produced greeting cards from people who don't take a moment to call, write, or email all year long
8. Baking a variety of cookies and then putting them all into a sealed tin together so they all end up tasting the same.
9. Every show on TV has to produce their own version of Dickens' A Chritmas Carol
10. People justifying all of this bizarre behavior because of a date on a calendar.