” […] a Progressive-Era coalition of wealthy and working class women formed an organization to address the issue, the Society for the Prevention of Useless Giving (SPUG). The working-class members complained that they felt coerced to contribute to funds to buy presents for their bosses. They pledged to tell those taking up such collections to tell them “I am a Spug. I don’t believe in giving useless Christmas gifts.” Former President Theodore Roosevelt joined in, becoming the first male Spug.”
Mesmo sendo de utilidade reconhecida, e com tão distinto primeiro aderente masculino, a liga ou movimento logo teve os seus críticos, alguns que por certo dariam hoje bons comentadores do Blasfémias:
“SPUG soon expanded its mission to curtailing the excessive exchanging of Christmas gifts, though not without attracting some vitriol from commentators who considered them holiday-spoiling Scrooges.
One newspaper columnist suggested that, since Spugs wanted only inexpensive, useful gifts, they should receive “a brace of kicks, to be delivered by the thickest-booted mailman in the service.”