My Annual Lump of Coal Distribution

Coal in the sock for some naughty people

My Annual Lump Of Coal Distribution


Christmas morning is always
an exciting time for millions of boys and girls who have been good all year.
Under a beautifully decorated tree will be an assortment of gifts — some
electronic gizmos, maybe a doll or two, some sports equipment and even some clothes.
When we were growing up many years ago there might have been a buggy whip or a
butter churner. Just kidding, but back then an erector set or a Sears J.C.
Higgins bicycle was a most welcome gift from Santa.

For the youngsters who
might have been a bit ornery during the year there was always the proverbial
lump of coal in a sock. We lived in a home with a coal fired furnace so there
was always an abundance of the black ore and most of the time it seemed to
appear in my brothers’ and my socks for whatever reason.

And that brings me to sharing a lump of coal with people who I think either
irritated or upset us or did something bizarre or stupid in the past year that
qualifies them for this special distinction. Let’s call this Santa’s naughty
boys and girls list. I prepare this list every year and yes, there are several
repeats because some people never seem to mend their ways!  So let’s get started:

A lump of coal goes to:

People who save seats at Holiday church services for family members or guests
who either arrive late or who never show up. Solution? No seats can be saved
during the 10 minutes before the service starts. Let the tardy sit on a folding
chair in the vestibule or hallway!

Stores who do not allow their staff to wish us a “Merry Christmas” for fear of
upsetting some customers or the ACLU. When I encounter this situation I always
make it a point to wish everyone within earshot a loud and enthusiastic “Merry
Christmas.” And for the record, it is a Christmas tree not a Holiday tree!

Any politician who proposes
cutbacks in Medicare and Social Security. 
I worked forty years and paid into these programs and thus I am entitled
to the benefits without any new restrictions.

People who send out Christmas cards with a printed address labels along with
their names printed inside the card. What am I? A business. If you can’t take
the time to at least sign your name inside, don’t send me a card.

Store personnel who don’t greet us or smile or act as if we are imposing on
their time. Maybe a trip to their competition will locate a salesperson who
really wants my business.

Radio stations that insist on playing any Christmas song by Alvin and the
Chipmunks. It’s over for the Chipmunks.

Any TV or radio weatherperson who predicts enormous amounts of snow only to
discover that it passed by our region. With all the satellites and all the
Doppler equipment available to these weather prognosticators, why do they get
it wrong so often?

Shoppers who totally ignore the Salvation Army Red Kettle bell ringers. This is
a once a year event and even some loose change is appreciated. Come on — drop
some coins in the kettle.

Creeps who pilfer or damage figurines in outdoor Nativity scenes. Lowlifes
caught doing this should be sentenced to portraying a donkey in a live Nativity

 Justin Bieber and Miley Cyrus – just

And a lump of coal for yours truly for being so cantankerous.

Bill Kalmar



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Todd December 11, 2012 at 02:37 PM
Merry Christmas Bill, All my generation wants is a job long enough to pay for your 40 years worth of entitlements. Enjoy the holiday. (signed) The young people who are trying to make it in your community.


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