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Christmas makes you stupid

December 20, 2009

Don’t deny it.  The holiday season is a time for many things–joy, music, family, and overspending among them–but the burdens amount to a second job, and if you’ve ever had one, you know just how smart you feel after pulling a bunch of double shifts in a row.

The need for a holiday project manager, though, isn’t the only issue.  Nor is the quintessential American notion of “if some is good, more must be better,” though it contributes too.  I like Christmas music, for example, and Christmas decor, and Christmas cookies.  That doesn’t mean I want to be awash in them for weeks.  Endless loops of enforced Good Cheer are enough to make anyone antisocial–and anti-intellectual.  Heaven help you if you point out the incongruity of celebrating a holiday whose mottos are joy and peace by buying first-person shooters for kids.  What are you, some kind of Scrooge/Commie?  (yes, there’s irony there).

I blame Victorian sentimentality in its most malignant and mawkish form.  The marketers use it, of course, but it had to be there to use first.

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