Five Christmas Traditions That Need to End
And while we're at it, I thought this had pretty much died out, but some of these people actually came by my house last Saturday. The quality of the performance confirmed what I'd suspected all along: caroling, like most things, is just an excuse to walk around and drink.
The idea of using candles (at first) and then electric lights to decorate your Christmas tree and house began as a way for the wealthy to demonstrate how much better off they were than the poor. The modern day equivalent is shrouding your home in ever gaudier displays that put an undue burden on our electric grid and make us more visible from space to marauding aliens.