This piece was also published in the Gray Matters section of the Houston Chronicle on 31 December 2014.
Christopher and I have been stringing out Christmas, thrilled that someone in the 16th century wrote that song about The Twelve Days of Christmas, insuring that it lasts more than just one day. We looked up the meaning of the twelve days, and I was super impressed that the gourmet gift box I got from Harry and David also had an explanation for each day. Theoretically, you would only open one treat box for each day until you got to 12 Drummers Drumming, which gives you 12 delicious candies that can also remind you of the Twelve Points of the Doctrine in the Apostle’s Creed. A friend of mine thinks this is terrible: she sees gross capitalism exploiting Christian doctrine. I see a great way to introduce the Apostle’s Creed through fabulous packaging. What can I say? We both love Christmas.