GK: ...after a word from the Ketchup Advisory Board. (MUSIC)

TR: These are the good years for Barb and me. We wrote our Christmas letter and decided to tell the truth ----- that the kids are unemployed and in therapy because we ruined their lives and that Barb and I are, frankly, a lot happier without them and we have voted to stay married ---- one in favor, one undecided ----- even though we hate each other's favorite TV shows and I am a fully-committed agnostic and Barb isn't sure. We bought a Bible detector for the front door so when the doorbell rings and the detector buzzes, we know to sit very still until they go away. We put up a sign in the front yard, "Thank You For Not Carolling". And then the other morning after the big snowstorm, Barb said-----

SS:nDo you realize this is the first Christmas nobody has invited us over to their house? Nobody?

TR:nIt's what we've been working toward and now we're finally there. A joy-free Christmas. Turn off the phone, sleep late, order Chinese take-out, watch "It's A Wonderful Life," have a couple of powerful eggnogs, do some canoodling, and go to bed.n

SS:nIs that what you want?

TR:nWhat do you mean? It's what we want.

SS:nIt just doesn't seem like Christmas------

TR:nOh for goodness sake, Barb----

SS:nChristmas is a time to reach out-----

TR:nIt is not.It's a time to pull back and lock the door.

SS:nTo reach out to the less fortunate-----

TR:nWhat are you talking about??

SS:nWould you object if I invited a homeless person to spend Christmas with us?


TR: Barb, a homeless person is not going to feel at ease having dinner with people who think of him as "A Homeless Person"----

SS: So we'll get to know him-----

TR:nBarb, he's going to tell us a long hard-luck story and then we'll tell him our hard-luck story and then he'll tell us another and nwe'll sit there hugging and weeping and he'll say, "I never knew that old white people could be so nice" and you'll say "Truly we have received more than we've given," and he'll say "You have changed my life" and you'll say, "No, you have changed our lives"" and Barb, I don't want a life-changing experience. I like my life just the way it is. Chinese take out, a movie, alcohol, sex, and sleep. Period.

SS: Jim, I wonder if you're getting enough ketchup.nKetchup contains natural mellowing agents that help you take your mind off yourself for a minute and look around at other people. Let me make you some beans. With ketchup.


These are the good years, so light the old Yule log
Snow is falling, as you walk the dog
Life is flowing like ketchup in egg nog.

GK: Ketchup. For the good times.

RD (SINGS): Ketchup...ketchup.