During the holiday season, my loved ones call me a Grinch and a Scrooge. But I am not; I’m just overwhelmed by all of the stuff. For example, the United States produces 1.76 billion candy canes each year. In 2010, the Emirates Palace displayed a Christmas tree with a net value of $11,026,900. That same year, a Christmas tree in Belgium shined with 194,673 lights. Americans mail more than 1.5 billion holiday cards each year to unsuspecting friends and relatives. For centuries, many Americans have felt the same way I do about excesses during the holiday season. Most early Americans did not even acknowledge the existence of Christmas. In the mid-17th century, Boston went so far as to outlaw the celebration and if a person attempted to spread holiday cheer, then he expected to pay a fine of five shillings.