‘Tis the season. I’m trying to play nice in all my reindeer games, even though last Saturday some fat guy at the mall called me a Ho three times! I started to get mad, but then a little kid climbed on his lap and yanked his beard.
Better to give. Harvard Business School professor Michael I. Norton has found an exception to the “money can’t buy happiness” rule: those who spend money on others are happier than those who spend on themselves. So, giving is the new taking. Please remember your favorite charities during the holidays and give what you can.
Christmas memories. For my book Merry Christmas America (shameless plug), I traveled the country looking at how and why people decorate their houses for the holidays. I’ve met Clark Griswolds from coast to coast and learned that there’s a story beneath every tree. Near my farm there’s a house with an upside down Christmas tree hanging on it’s porch. I stopped to ask about it. Seems that five years ago Don Mackenzie’s son, Sean, died and every year since Don and his partner, Betty Hughes, hang the upside down tree in Sean’s honor because when Sean was little he thought it should be that way so that “you can fit more presents under it.” I like that thought.
Love at first bite. Karen Lueders of Sheboygan, Wisconsin is obviously feeling the stress of the season. She’s been charged with “felony mayhem” after biting her husband’s tongue off when he went to kiss her goodnight. Maybe it was the fact that she was on the toilet at the time or perhaps it was her “manic state,” but either way, she severed his tongue. As she was escorted in handcuffs out of court, she whispered to a reporter, “I love you, it’s too bad you don’t listen.”
Listen up! Decorate your tree… then, eat your dinner!