Picks and Pans Review: Quote

updated 12/14/1992 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 12/14/1992 AT 01:00 AM EST


A FEW CHEERING THOUGHTS FROM Bah, Humbug!: Grumping Through the Season, edited by William Cole (St. Martin's, $13.95):

•How many observe Christ's birthday! How few his precepts! O! 'Tis easier to keep holidays than commandments.—Benjamin Franklin

•Santa Claus has the right idea; visit people once a year.—Victor Borge

•Or consider Christmas—could Satan in his most malignant mood have devised a worse combination of graft plus buncombe than the system whereby several hundred million people get a billion or so gifts for which they have no use, and some thousands of shop clerks die of exhaustion while selling them, and every other child in the western world is made ill from overeating—all in the name of the lowly Jesus?—Upton Sinclair

•Christmas is a holiday that persecutes the lonely, the frayed, and the rejected.—Jimmy Cannon

•'Twas the month after Christmas/ And Santa had flit/ Came there tidings for father/ Which read "please remit."—Anonymous

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