I love this time of year as much as anyone else. The tree lightings, carols and cookies are something I always look forward to.
Yet in all my anticipation there are certain parts of the holidays that I have come to dread: the advertising blitz that begins right after Halloween and arguments over how we should or shouldn’t celebrate. All of it makes me exhausted by Boxing Day.
Why have we let a season that celebrates the virtues of peace, hope, joy and general good will toward our neighbors turn into a mass-marketing frenzy extolling greed and inciting us not …