Originally created 12/19/06

Christmas past dim compared to present

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas.

- Perry Como

Christmas might be one of our oldest holidays, but almost no other annual celebration has evolved like the yule.

Most holidays - Halloween, Easter, Thanksgiving, July Fourth - have one or maybe two signature images.

Christmas has dozens, with more coming every decade.

Consider how we decorate our houses. In fact, a timeline might go like this:

1926: Porch light on Christmas Eve.

1936: Light on, wreath on the door.

1946: Light on, wreath on the door with garland around it.

1956: Light on, wreath, garland and lighted tree visible in front window.

1966: Light on, wreath, garland, lighted tree and electric candles in all front windows.

1976: Light off, wreath, garland, tree, candles and lights strung along the roof line.

1986: Wreath, garland, tree, candles, string of lights and luminarias along driveway.

1996: Wreath, garland, tree, candles, string of lights, luminarias and lighted images such as reindeer, snowmen or candy canes.

2006: Wreath, garland, tree, candles, string of lights on house and in bushes, lighted images and large, illuminated figures that wilt during the day and look like puddles of Frosty the Snowman on a sunny afternoon.

I am convinced the only reason most houses have attics is so we can store our Christmas decorations.


TODAY'S JOKE: A man appeared before St. Peter at the pearly gates and was asked, "Have you ever done anything of particular merit?"

"Well, I can think of one thing," the man offered. "Once, on a trip to the Black Hills out in South Dakota, I came upon a gang of high-testosterone bikers, who were threatening a young woman. I directed them to leave her alone, but they wouldn't listen. So, I approached the largest and most heavily tattooed biker and smacked him on the head, kicked his bike over, ripped out his nose ring and threw it on the ground."

I yelled, "Now, back off biker boy or you'll answer to me!"

St. Peter was impressed. "When did this happen?" he asked.

"Hmm," said the guy before him, "just a couple of minutes ago."


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