Tag: Christmas season

“Yes, I Am a Grinch”: One Mother’s Christmas Confession


2008-12-25-christmas-joyAward-winning poet and essayist Elizabeth Hazen reflects upon personal Christmas giddiness past as she watches her child gleefully anticipate the big day.

Overwhelmed by the rampant materialism and cheap sentimentality of the holiday season, I find it difficult to make it through New Year’s without succumbing to self-medication and retreat. Multiple viewings of the horror classic Black Christmas and the “cha-cha heels” scene from John Waters’ Female Trouble help, but are not enough to quell my disgust when holiday music infiltrates every public venue and commercials, even muted, blare loudly with garish colors about outrageous deals on useless crap.

Yes, I am a Grinch.

Signs of the Season


Whether you think it’s the most wonderful time of the year or not, there is a change in the air: lights are strung over city streets, Christmas tree vendors set-up parking lot shops, kids squeal at the sight of Santa, houses display their sparkly seasonal splendor. We’re in the thick of the season now and our roving photographer Tyler Merbler picked up some signs of the season around Baltimore to help you get into the spirit. -The Eds.

The 24 Trillion Days of Christmas


University of Baltimore Asst. Prof. and Bohemian Rhapsody Columnist Marion Winik gets in the holiday spirit a little earlier every year, and she’s not happy about it.

Just this past week it hit. I considered the steps involved in hiring help for a marketing project I’m working on and thought, This’ll never get done until after the holidays.

Already an uncarved pumpkin sulks on my front porch. Beside my computer lies a free magazine full of Thanksgiving recipes. When I drove my daughter and her friends to Jo-Ann Fabrics for costumes last weekend, the airheads on Z-103 were yapping about their reindeer sweaters. For all productive purposes, the year is over. Only the most dedicated among us will accomplish anything besides gaining weight, wasting money, and managing stress until January.