The Feds are imposing a 15¢ tax per tree to finance the USDA’s new Christmas Tree Promotion Board. I presume their valiant efforts will be aimed at encouraging Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, and Jews to start buying fresh trees, and for the rest of us Christians and Christianists to buy multiple trees. Just what we need to Put America Back to Work. Merry Friggin’ Christmas.*
* Friggin’ Christmas is my personal name for the Season of Hucksterism falling between Hallowe’en and Thanksgiving Day. I refuse to allow any sort of Christmas activities, songs, or iconography in the house until the Thanksgiving turkey is decently dead and eaten, and the leftovers bundled off to the fridge.