Ah, the holiday season. A time to reconnect with friends and family. To share the love, the cheer, the expensive gifts. But in these troubled economic times, you may find it difficult to muster a festive spirit. Perhaps you are anxious. Perhaps you are acting out. Unkind to your employees. Unloving to your family. You've become a scourge. A scrooge. How can you tell if you've joined the ranks of the Christmas crushers?
Photo by <i>Bad Santa</i>, Billy Bob Thornton, 2003. © Dimension. Photo courtesy of the Everett Collection.
You are so focused on your career that you've alienated your family, your co-workers and the woman who once loved you. You are selfish and greedy, and see Christmas as just another opportunity for high ratings at your television network.
Photo by <i>Scrooged</i>, Bill Murray, 1988. Photo courtesy of the Everett Collection.
Your heart is two sizes too small, which makes you mean to toddlers and your own dog. You try to ruin everyone else's good time by stealing their presents and decorations, and even their roast beast.
Photo by <i>How the Grinch Stole Christmas</i>, Taylor Momsen, Jim Carrey, 2000. Photo courtesy of the Everett Collection.
You humiliate your wife by displaying a racy leg-shaped lamp in your front window, and you deny your son his dream gift: A Red Ryder carbine-action 200-shot range model air rifle. Just because he might shoot his eye out.
Photo by <i>A Christmas Story, </i>Darren McGavin, Melinda Dillon, Ian Petrella, Peter Billingsley, 1983. © MGM. Photo courtesy of the Everett Collection.
You kill Santa. It doesn't get much worse than that. And then you try to shirk your new responsibility, which is to gain lots of weight, grow a bushy beard and take over that toy delivering thing.
Photo by <i>The Santa Clause</i>, Tim Allen, Eric Lloyd, 1994, © Buena Vista Pictures. Photo courtesy of the Everett Collection.
Your last name actually is Scrooge. You overwork your office staff and refuse to turn on the heat. And you yell "Bah, humbug" all the time. No one wants to hear that.
Photo by <i>A Christmas Carol</i>, Edward Woodward, George C. Scott, 1984. © 20th Century Fox Film Corp. Photo courtesy of the Everett Collection.
You get drunk and destroy holiday displays in malls. You steal cash, and a BMW. You take advantage of a lonely kid and his senile grandma. You're not just a bad Santa, you're a miserable excuse for a human being.
Photo by <i>Bad Santa</i>, Bernie Mac, Billy Bob Thornton, Tony Cox, 2003. © Dimension. Photo courtesy of the Everett Collection.