After Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band finished their second performance on SNL this past Saturday I was fairly disappointed.
Don’t get me wronged – The Boss and the band put on a couple of great performances of songs from their new box set celebrating the 35th anniversary of “The River” (a great Christmas present for the Bruce Springsteen fan and blog writer in your life).
On any other night I would have been elated to hear performances of “Meet Me In The City” and “The Ties That Bind” live on Saturday night.
The only problem was this was the Christmas show. Continue reading
There are 2 commercials I look for every year that signal the season of Christmas. These commercials have been running since I was a kid and continue to come back on TV twenty years later.
The first is the Campbell’s soup spot where a snowman melts into a kid. The second is the M&M’s ad where the candies meet up with Santa Claus:
You probably know the M&M’s commercial by heart. The three mythical characters bump into each other under the Christmas tree and all faint at the other’s sight, muttering in disbelief, “They do exist”.
I look forward to this commercial every year because, for just a few seconds, it triggers the childlike wonder that Christmas is supposed to inspire in us. Continue reading
Santa Claus is a pretty messed up dude.
Morbidly obese. Unrepentant home invader. Does he even pay all those elves for their overtime?
Santa’s worst crime just might be how he’s forever screwed up our psychology.
Santa Claus operates on the code of the Naughty or Nice list. If kids behave all year they end up on the Nice list and are promised presents. If they end up on the Naughty list their stocking will be filled with coal.
This is a pretty genius tactic parents have used for generations to encourage their kids to behave well throughout the year.
As children we grow up with this psychology of getting rewarded for our good deeds. “Being Good = Presents” in our brains.
The problem comes when we confuse God with Santa Claus. Continue reading