Xmas On The Installment Plan

You probably don't have to think too hard to guess that I'm pretty curmudgeonly about Christmas. I wish it could just be about Christianity celebrating their messiah, that the holiday could have stayed non-secular. A day where true followers of Christ show respect for the Prince of Peace. Now there is no peace in this holiday. It's become an ugly beast of stress and debt. A holiday of over-consumption delivered to us not on a sleigh, but on the backs of thousands of underpaid and abused workers from around the world. Call me a Debbie Downer all you want but that's the reality. I'm not saying everyone should just give up celebrating. I just wish somehow that people could understand and acknowledge the true impact of all the bullshit they buy for Christmas.

Anyway, all this is a lead in to say congratulation to the The Theater Fire for their brilliant song "Xmas on the Installment Plan." The ode is a category winner in the Sufjan Stevens Christmas song contest. You can stream the song (along with some other winners) here: http://asthmatickitty.com/sidebar.php?sidebarID=308
or download it here:

Oh and MERRY CHRISTMAS everyone!