James S. Henry

Why I Hate Christmas

The Grinch has it right

Traffic, death, obesity—just a few reasons given in this classic 1990 essay about why we should loathe the holiday.

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Why I Hate Christmas

When I was a kid in Minnesota my family had a huge Scandinavian feast every Christmas Eve, complete with two dozen relatives, three feet of snow, a mountainous evergreen trimmed to the top, a six-course dinner with lutefisk and turkey and eight or ten pies, long-winded after-dinner stories about baseball and World War II, and, of course, lots of brightly wrapped presents. It has taken me three decades of rigorous economics training and life on the East Coast to shake off the warm nostalgia of those holidays.

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