Archive for 'Holiday'

You’re Doing Christmas Wrong

Posted 07 December 2013 | By | Categories: Holiday | No Comments

But, so am I so who am I to talk! The US economy, we’re told, is oiled by our consumer culture. I can’t disagree; the economy wouldn’t work if people didn’t spend.  And, if you don’t spend then businesses don’t make money, people lose jobs, money doesn’t change hands, and products and services disappear so […]

Resolutions are for Suckers — and Me

Posted 01 January 2012 | By | Categories: Holiday | 3 Comments

PP I have a theory about resolutions.  But first, to be clear, I don’t like resolutions even though I repeatedly make them.  Resolutions are preemptive failure admissions.  The declaration of a resolution is, many more times than not, really just an announcement concerning the thing you’re about to fail.  And guess what I do every […]

Santa Claus is a Big Fat Jerk

Posted 06 December 2011 | By | Categories: Holiday | 24 Comments

I don’t understand why parents lie to their kids about Santa Claus.  I can’t do it.  I know what some of you are thinking; this must be some religious stand I’m taking, right?  No, surprisingly, it isn’t.  This is just a parenting style.  I made the decision when the boys were born that I would […]

An Expensive Thanksgiving Turkey

Posted 02 December 2011 | By | Categories: Holiday | 3 Comments

Everyone is talking about Christmas now that Thanksgiving is behind us, but I’m still thinking about Thanksgiving. “Why?” You ask? Because I got to eat a 90 dollar turkey this past Thanksgiving! That’s why. Yes, I ate a 15lb turkey (or at least a portion of it) that cost someone at our dinner table, and […]

JesusWeen? Not in this House!

Posted 13 October 2011 | By | Categories: Holiday | 10 Comments

HH They’re kidding, right? Right!? No. Sadly, I don’t think they are. I have to admit, though, I really like their website, and they seem to have competent social media marketing. But, back to the point! Here’s the idea: These folks have put together a campaign that promotes turning Halloween into JesusWeen. They want Christians […]

How Old is Too Old to Trick or Treat?

Posted 19 September 2011 | By | Categories: Holiday | 11 Comments

I can’t tell you how annoying it is to buy Halloween candy every year just to have half of it gobbled up by carousing teenagers wearing shoddy costumes. Oh, wait – I think I can describe how annoying that is. It’s fracking ridiculous, and I want to punch them all in the face and tell […]

September 11th and Why It Will Always Matter to Me

Posted 11 September 2011 | By | Categories: Holiday | 6 Comments

Disasters change the way affected societies think about the world. For instance, 9/11 changed our politics here in the US, and it will probably never look the same as it did before 9/11. That’s a societal change. We all now, as a group, behave, for better or worse, differently. We’re no longer oblivious to the […]

Pandora’s Box, a New Year’s Message

Posted 30 December 2010 | By | Categories: Holiday | 2 Comments

The story of the Greek Gods is long and complicated.  It started with Chaos which separated into Gaea, Uranus, Erebus and Nyx (fear of the dark is nyctophobia).  Chaos and Gaea begot Oceanus, Ether, Aer (air), and the Nephelae (clouds).  That’s the easy part.  The rest is a little confusing.  It goes something like this:  […]

Christmas’s Random Links: Funny, Informative—Weird

Posted 25 December 2010 | By | Categories: Holiday | 1 Comment

         1. Cinnamon is the most Christmas-y smell according to some scientists who had a burning desire to study it.  Rose, by the way, is the smell most connected with summer. (NCBI read it here)                  2. David Sedaris Talks About Christmas in the Netherlands                             3. A Feel Good Dog […]

What you Want and What you’ll Get in Life are Two Different Things

Posted 23 December 2010 | By | Categories: Holiday | 5 Comments

    Christmas is on Saturday.  That means I’ve already wrapped the presents, and they’re ready to be placed under the tree.  The boys got the things they wanted and Mely got what she wanted.  I think I even got what I wanted.  We’ve been having a good Christmas season, and the presents are going to […]

Taking a Stand Against Christmas

Posted 20 December 2010 | By | Categories: Holiday | 13 Comments

          Almost everything we know about Christmas today, the physical trappings of the holiday, is a mish mash of various pagan cultural traditions, the tree, gift giving/Santa Clause, mistletoe, the feast, Yule log, etc… .  But Christianity is also, obviously, present as well.   The Christian tradition gives us the star on the tree and the celebration of […]