OK, I'll start with a funny story, I always think of at Christmas time. When one of my nephews was young, he was a 110% T E R R O R ! ! ! We used to say the only payback he would ever get, is if he has a son, worse than himself, mischief wise. Well years later, he's a grown man with a family of his own now... and yes... he got that son! So one Christmas, the kid sneaks down in the dead of night and unwraps a few presents, because he can't wait. He doesn't know what to do, to hide the wrapping paper, so he shoves it up a heating vent...not too far from the tree.
Well you can guess what happened next, when the heat kicked on... instant fire. They all escaped, unharmed... but the Christmas tree and all presents were not so lucky. The firemen showed my nephew what started the fire and the kid cracked & admitted what he did. In an instant of anger, my nephew spanked him for almost burning down the whole house, but at least burning down the tree and presents. The kid went to school and told his teacher. Enter CPS - knock - knock - knock.
So my nephew tells them the whole story and they listen intently. When he was done, the CPS people said ( paraphrasing ) "We understand that the holidays can bring a lot of stress by itself and now the fire.... we understand. Here's $100 for each kid ( for new presents ) $500 for mom & dad and $1,000 for "the household." ? ? ? ? ?
Only in the state of Washington could a parent spank his child for burning down the Christmas tree... and get paid to do it!
Some of the things I associate Christmas with is snow, silver bells and holly