The most common greeting at this time of year is "Are you ready for Christmas?"
We remember S.J. Perelman's take on the season: "Here comes Christmas, at our throats again." This feeling may vanish at Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve, or it may take a visit from a trio of ghosts, but it does, eventually, go.
Here is what we have learned, or failed to learn, about Christmas: (1) There is never enough time. (2) There is never enough money.
So, are you ready for Christmas? The correct answer is "No."