Don’t be a Krank

Published 8:00 pm Tuesday, December 9, 2008

“Christmas with the Kranks,” a 2004 movie starring Tim Allen and Jamie Lee Curtis, is about a couple who decide they want to forego celebrating Christmas with their coworkers, neighbors and friends and instead go on a tropical cruise. The movie is based on the book “Skipping Christmas” by John Grisham.

The movie shows “Luther Krank,” played by Allen, taking a hard-line stance on being involved with anything to do with the Christmas season. He declines to buy a Christmas tree from the Boy Scouts and tells his wife not to make any of their usual charitable contributions. For Luther Krank, Christmas is all about what he wants.

None of the holidays being celebrated this month—Christmas, Hannukah and Kwanzaa—place any focus on the individual. In both the religious and worldly sense, Christmas is synonymous with giving: Jesus Christ being born and dying to save others; the giving of gifts to show care for one another. Both Hannukah, observed by Jews, and Kwanzaa, observed by African-Americans and people of African descent, both have historical meaning and their rituals reflect their culture’s best values of faith and community.

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This holiday season, don’t be a Krank. Consider giving a little of your time, your money, your prayers and thoughts toward benefiting someone else. As much as you can, put your neighbor before yourself.