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“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.