Modern Living: The Blight Before Christmas

In the modern world, Christmas can also be the season To lose your reason.

Beginning about Thanksgiving, family quarrels become fiercer, relations with relatives become more strained, tradesmen assume a forced friendliness, and the dispenser of holiday cheer begins to feel then is not an honestly cheery face to be found anywhere.

On the Roof. Part of the strain, of course, is financial; the checkbook never seems ready for the unexpected demands. The well-in-advance, all-too-legibly-signed Christmas card "from your garbage man" and "your mailman," the armies of elevator operators and invisible attendants that...