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Martha Stewart and Mark Steyn Bring Holiday Laughs

Martha Stewart and Mark Steyn Bring Holiday Laughs

   Here's something you might relate to in your day...

The Christmas season does not have to be so stressful.  Managing stress and some laughter breaks up the shopping rush, baking blunders, and daily strains.  I came across an article by author Mark Stein.  
"I'm one of those guys who tend to leave the old Yuletide preparations until around 2 p.m. on Christmas Eve only to discover that half the stores closed early at 1 P.M. and those still open have got nothing left except for massive storewide clearances on Hanukkah wrapping paper.  Yet for a fly-by-the-seat-of-my-Santa-suit-pants kind of guy I seem to have acquired over the years an enormous number of books on how to have the perfect Christmas.   I don't want to give the wrong impression.  A lot of the stuff in these tomes is very intriguing. 

Each year, for example, I dig out my old pal Martha Stewart's entry in the field - Martha Stewart's Christmas - and find myself strangely drawn to the phrase 'coxcomb topiary.'  It's huge. It starts out as a misshapen lump like a hobbit that's fallen into a trash compactor, that's before Martha's got to work 'studding' it with - to pluck at random - 'tiny pomegranates dusted with clear glitter.'  Who would have thought the English language would ever have need for those words assembled in that order?  Every third week of December, I read them and marvel.  And then I drive to Wal-Mart."

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