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Christmas comes too soon, lasts too long

Date published: 12/15/2012

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Reports indicate that the sale of toys has dropped during each of the past four Christmas seasons. Is it the bad economy?

Not necessarily. It used to be that a 10-year-old boy wanted an electric train or a cowboy outfit for Christmas and a 10-year-old girl wanted a doll.

No more. Now 10-year-olds want smartphones, iPods and computers. In other words, kids who once wanted toys now want the latest expensive technology.

Kids are growing up too fast these days.

My oldest daughter, Jayme, and I generally get into a big argument at the beginning of each Christmas season. If she had her way, she would put up a tree on the fifth of July. Somehow she relents until the day after Thanksgiving, when she wants to take an ax in hand and, à la Chevy Chase, head out into the fields.

I, on the other hand, warn that getting a tree too early will cause it to dry out before Christmas, catch fire and burn down the house.

Jayme usually wins the battle. The house hasn't burned down yet, but I swear there are still pine needles in corners from four Christmases past. And, yes, I do add water to the tree stand.

Anyhow, Christmas is almost here and I am not ready. A little snow, of course, might get me in the holiday spirit. A lot of snow (measured in feet) definitely would.

For most men, the best part of Christmas is the hope that it will eventually be over. Of course, then you've got to climb up on that roof and take those durn lights down!

Why not just leave them up and get an early start on next Christmas?

Most men would vote for that.

Donnie Johnston:
Email: djohnston@freelancestar.com


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