The survey below is fictional. The answers, however, are realistic.
“Pardon me,” I asked, microphone in hand, “I am taking a survey here in the mall. What do you like most about Christmas?”
“Hard to say, bub,” the elderly “Pa Kettle” sounding man answered. “Might be the stockings we fill for the grandkids. Might be the sweets. When I was dating the Mrs., it was definitely the mistletoe. I guess, though, I would have to say the music. I love hearing old Bing croon “Boo boo boo, I’m dreaming of a white Christmas ... boo boo boo.”
“Thanks,” I acknowledged. I like Bing too. With or without the “boo boo boo.”
“Pardon me, ma’am, what is your favorite thing about Christmas?” I inquired.
The middle-age woman answered, “Well, I love the shopping. You don’t have to hold back at Christmas time. I look only for bargains, mind you. The parties are fun too. And the time off of work — so nice to sleep in. But if I were to pick one thing, I guess it would be spending time with family.”
“Great thought,” I commented. I, too, enjoy time with my family. Seems like there is never enough of it.
A teen lad was my next interview. “Pardon me, I am taking a survey. What is your favorite thing about Christmas?”
“Well, I like the gifts. I am hoping to get some really cool video games this year. But I also like the way people think of others. I volunteered to help pack boxes for the Rescue Mission. My mom helped with We Care. So I like to get stuff, but it is cool to give, too.”
“I like you, son,” I answered. Good thoughts.
I then interviewed a young woman who was holding a bundle of bags. “Pardon me, miss, but I am taking a survey. What is your favorite thing about Christmas?”