A Christmas Cynic

A CYNIC, my dictionary informs me, is "a sneering fault-finder; one who doubts or denies the goodness of human motives, and who often displays his attitude by sneers, sarcasm, etc."

During my drinking years, I managed to develop a finely tuned cynicism about Christmas that was both illogical and disquieting. On one hand, I no longer believed in God; so what was all the fuss concerning this alleged birth, anyway? On the other hand, I looked down my Olympian nose at the crass way that merchants and advertisers sought to exploit something spiritual for profit.

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