Net surfers who think all this Christmas in cyberspace hoopla is a lot of hooey may find relief in a few holiday-themed sites that have a decidedly dark side.
Those feeling anything but goodwill toward men may get a jolt out of dLDewitt's short story, "Christmas," in which a woman and her philandering husband do some unorthodox tree trimming.
The ghost of Christmas Past is evident in the Daily People editorial by Daniel De Leon, For a Merry Christmas, written in 1900. Giving Scrooge a run for his money, De Leon sneers at holiday do-gooders and even takes a swipe at the Salvation Army.
Of course, Scrooge wanna-bes can always pick up a few tips by studying the masters. First and foremost is old Ebenezer himself. The full text of Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol, harder edged than the treacly TV adaptations plaguing the airwaves, is available online, as is "How the Grinch Stole Christmas".
The Grinch Web site features the complete Dr. Seuss story, with graphics and audio clips from the video version, including "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch." With a little effort, holiday grumps can imagine it's being sung just for them. Be sure to quit before the mushy part though, or you'll surfing for eggnog recipes before you know it.