From Facebook:  Hi Eric: After listening to Bill Good gush on and on about this, I’ll err on the side of grinch.

The whole Christmas thing long ago degenerated into baubles, glitter and mush. But the claim that Christmas is such a happy, loving time of year is knocked out of the ball park by harsh reality.

Cold statistics show this: Depression at Christmas – up. Suicide at Christmas – up. Wife/girlfriend beatings at Christmas – up. Heart-attacks at Christmas – up. Loneliness at Christmas – up. Drunken car accidents at Christmas – up. Financial distress at Christmas – up.

That is not the complete list, and it was not conjured up by people like me, who see very little correlation with the Biblical birth of the Saviour of the world, to this madness, purportedly begun to commemorate His birth.

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