How to Tell if You're a Grinch
Test to see if you are a Grinch:
1. You reuse last year's Christmas cards and send them out
under your own name (5 points).
2. You steal light bulbs from you neighbor's outdoor display
to replenish your own supply (5 points, 10 if neighbor's
whole light sets or lighted Santa goes out).
3. You have dressed a dog or cat as Santa Claus, elf helper,
or reindeer.(10 points for each; if you dressed an endangered
species, 5 extra points).
4. You put out last year's stale candy canes for children (1
point for each piece of sticky candy). If you put out a
chocolate or marzipan Santa also, add 10 points.
5. You enclose a shoddy and inferior gift from Target,
Walmart, or K-Mart in a Bloomingdale's or other prestige box
to impress your friends (5 points for each infraction).
6. You make collect long distance phone calls to your family
on Christmas day (5 points, 10 if from a cell phone),
claiming you are stuck in a phone booth.
7. At the office Christmas party, you horde huge stockpiles
of goodies for later consumption at home (5 points; 15 points
if you use this stuff for your own party).
8. You steal the wreath from a parked car to use on your own
(Southern California only, others ignore: 5 points).
9. After an invitation to a friend's house, you bring a
commercially produced fruitcake and try to pass it off as
home made. (5 points; 15 points if the fruitcake is from last
10. Any stealing from the Toys-for-Tots collection bins is a
definite no-no (20 points).
Evaluate your score on the "Grinch Scale" from 20 to 100.
20-30: You are just a cheeseball.
30-50: You are an apprentice in Yuletide larceny and are
probably wanted by the police for overdue parking tickets.
50-100: Grinch, move over. The Meyer Lansky of Christmas
crime has arrived.