Mary Christmas, of Galivants Ferry, S.C., says it wouldn't be a merry Christmas without a little merriment about her holiday moniker.

"It's a good conversation piece and I never get tired of people laughing about my name," said the 38-year-old mother of three.Sometimes, however, her name can get her in a pickle.

For example, phone conversations can became more than a bit twisted when she picks up at the Horry County Alcohol and Drug Abuse Commission.

"I've had several people hang up on me in the last week," Christmas said. "But once they find out my name really is Mary Christmas, they never forget it."

Her 13-year-old daughter, also named Mary Christmas, also said the name is cause for unwanted attention.

"All my teachers call on me to do stuff for them because they can't remember anyone else's name," the eighth-grader complained.