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A Christmas rush job.

by Dear Jon
December 23, 2003

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Sort 247_Dear Jon-A Christmas Rush Job ACTUAL LETTER TO DEAR JON:

Dear Jon,

Is it a sign of obsessive-compulsive behavior if I have to separate my M&Ms by color before I eat them? How about making sure all color are equally represented as I eat them?

Candy Counter


Dear Candy,

The difference between obsessive-compulsive behavior and fun behavior is that fun behavior is engaged by people who are enjoying life. Obsessive-compulsive behavior is not normally associated with people who enjoy life.

If you enjoy sorting M&M’s into their categories, you are doing something fun. Let others mock you, they have their own quirky things they do for fun.

You cross the line, however, if you are a guest at a party in which several bags of M&M’s have been poured into a large bowl, and you spend the entire party sorting the M&M’s by color, and freaking out if people reach in for a scoop before you are finished. In fact, if you have done that at parties in the past, that might be a clue as to why you are not invited to many parties in the present.

Sort out your own scoop, sure. Sort out everyone else’s scoop, and you are sick.

Speaking of parties, it is not yet Christmas Eve and I have already been to too many. None have served M&M’s however. It is probably the one party food I have not binged this holiday. That is good news for me, because it means I will still have a taste for them around Valentine’s Day.

The point is, though, why do we all feel like Christmas is a time to rush around? Do we really enjoy the food if the stress is giving us indigestion? Maybe Christmas is a time to slow down.

I would love to say more, and I realize this column is shorter than usual, but tomorrow is Christmas Eve and I still need to shop for my nephew, two co-workers and my paper boy before meeting the Anderson’s down the street for cider and cookies at seven.

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