Gardner Dozois is still trying to get me onto Facebook. The first time he tried, I said, "Well, what good is there to being on it?"
"No good at all," he replied cheerily.
"What do people usually post on it?"
"They usually post what they had for breakfast."
"Gee, Gardner," I said. "You make it sound awfully attractive. But I think I'll give it a pass."
Yesterday I was at a party hosted by Sally and Daniel Grotta. Gardner was there, so he had another whack at it. "If you were on Facebook," he said, "you'd have seen the post of the Twenty Worst Nativity Sets Ever."
"I did see it, Gardner," I replied. "You sent me the link."
You can see it too by clicking here. Marianne, who is a sincere Christian, thought at first that it was shameful to make fun of people because their idea of good taste doesn't correspond with one's own. But then she looked at the above picture and said, "It is, however, abhorrent to manufacture and sell such things."
And in that spirit . . .
Allow me to wish all Christians reading this a Merry Christmas, and all others their own happy holidays. I realize that I'm rushing the season a little. But what the heck. Joy is good.