Have a happy, white elephant Christmas
According to ancient Southeast Asia legend, a White Elephant was sacred and therefore a great honor to own. The ancient Southeast Asian monarchs collected the rare creatures, and on certain occasions bestowed them as a great "gift of honor." The problem with owning a White Elephant back then was that the upkeep of feeding a large pachyderm could be bankrupting since, being holy, it could not be used for work. On occasion, the monarchs particularly enjoyed giving White Elephants to noblemen they did not care for because of the hardships they knew it would cause.
Today a White Elephant refers to a possession of no practical value that is high maintenance. Presently, the great White Elephant of our time is President Obama. Like the famous White Elephants of Southeast Asia, he is valueless to his people and immensely costly to maintain. Wherever our President goes and whatever he does costs us money and jobs, and, to our chagrin, we are stuck with this White Elephant for at least the next three Christmases.