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December 21, 2013

Social Security: A new look at the Christmas classics, and Social Security

The weather outside may be frightful, but Social Security’s always in season, and you can do some Social Security business without venturing out into the cold, but more about that later. 

It is no doubt my favorite time of year — time to search through my father’s fantastic articles of Christmas Past and share one with all of you. Over the past few years, I’ve shared the stories of “It’s a Wonderful Life,” “The Grinch,” and “Frosty the Snowman.” This year I am going to share an article originally published in 1993 in which he wrote once again about our family’s love of holiday classics:

Most everyone establishes traditions surrounding the holiday season, and I’m no exception. So tonight while the rest of my family gets together to share holiday cheer, my father and I will be watching several of our favorite Christmas movies. I’ve seen these movies dozens of times, but since I started working for Social Security, I seem to see them in a different light.

Let me give you an example. “Miracle on 34th Street” is a wonderful movie. I’m sure you know the story. It’s about an older gentleman who claims to be the real Santa Claus, and eventually has to prove it in court. But now during the courtroom scene, all I can think about is who might be a good representative payee for his Social Security checks if he is found to be incompetent.

And who could forget the scene in “A Christmas Carol” when the gentlemen from the local charities ask Scrooge to give to the poor to make their Christmas a little brighter. He replies, “Are there no workhouses, are there no prisons? I support those establishments.” I can’t help but wonder how Dickens would have written it today. 

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