Merry Christmas Everyone!

MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!

What a joyous time of the year, with so very much to be thankful for. Festive is the best word to describe the mood among all sensible Americans. My friends and I are planning on doing some caroling later on around the neighborhood to share in the general mood. So let me again wish all a very Merry Christmas!

Now don’t overdo it with the pumpkin pie!

Happy holidays!

We haven’t even celebrated Thanksgiving yet! Canada hasn’t even had their Thanksgiving either. Please wait until December before we start talking about Xmas or Hanukkah.

https://youtu.be/hwCAagF34J8

We listen to Christmas music all year long at our house and here at work I listen to it once or twice a month as well.

My memories of Christmas as a kid are absolutely the best memories I have.

I used to love Christmas. Now I can’t stand it. I hate that it starts before Halloween. October to January has become HallowThanksChristYear. Next year I’m sure HallowThanksChristYear will start in September. Or August. Or January 2nd, but only because our corporate overlords can’t technically start it before the previous one ends. And EVERYTHING makes the perfect Christmas gift. Brown diamonds (the most common and ugly form of one of the most common gemstones on Earth), new cars, cell phones, lottery tickets, breath mints, adult diapers…you just can’t give a bad gift.

When I was a kid, Christmas was magical and it lasted a month. Now it’s endless assholes trying to rip me off for 3, going on 4 months of the year.

Yes, the current commercialization of all holidays ruins them in a big way, especially for those of us who abhor materialism.

But I have kids (a 20 and a 17-year-old, so hardly children) and want to make every Christmas as awesome for them as the ones I had growing up. This is what keeps my Christmas cheer alive every year.

Plus, I have the old Alistair Sim version of “Scrooge” on VHS, which is something to look forward to watching a day or two before the big day.

In 1987 I heard the David Bowie/Bing Crosby White Christmas song on MTV. It inspired me to find more Christmas music done by my favorite rock 'n roll and folk artists. That industry has grown considerably since then. Careful, I just might flood this thread with all of it.

"Careful, I just might flood this thread with all of it."
Have at 'er.

There hasn’t been a song made since the 80’s that I like since all my love for Christmas is tied to those times, but I’m open to at least hearing what’s out there.

Plus, I have the old Alistair Sim version of “Scrooge” on VHS...
Is that the 1951 version? I frigging LOVE that version! "To keep me mouth shut?" It's the only version I watch every year. All others are ba, humbug.

The 1970 one is often considered the best. The '51 version is a little too short and choppy for my taste. My favorite overall though is from 1984 with George C Scott. He brought a dignity and depth to the old man that no one else has mustered. Scrooged, the Jim Carrey thing, and the one with Patrick Stewart have bits that stand out, but 1984 is the whole package.

 

Here ya go pi,

Jethro Tull Christmas Album

Let me know what type of music you like. I’ll try to make a match.

I just love the scene on the stairs. And this one was my mother’s favorite, which is probably why I’m partial. Frankly I don’t even know the differences between the different versions. And Scrooged went to hell with impromptu speech which included “Oh, and by the way, here!” and the song at the end. Overall I liked the movie and love Murray, but that end bit wasn’t his best work.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QHLd7HQfZfA

Yes, we all understand that the formal holiday doesn’t arrive until December 25th, but hasn’t Santa been extra generous this year by spreading so much good cheer on November 3rd?

And coronavirus. I was in a crazy Christian religion for a while where God got the credit for everything good in my life and I got the blame for everything bad. I don’t play by those rules any more. If Santa is responsible for the election then he also has to take the hit for covid.

Wait a minute, why you dragging Santa into this? That dude is innocent!

I vote for blaming God for the trump disasters in general and for Trump’s Covid Pandemic in particular.

Next in line the Corporate Republican Party and their hostile takeover of our government.

I’m just saying, if Santa gets credit for all the good shit in 2020, and let’s face it, there hasn’t been much good shit in 2020, then he’s taking on some of the baggage to. I was literally in a low-grade depression for about 2 weeks when RBG died. I couldn’t read the news for days because I just didn’t want to hear about it. So unless Santa steps up in a serious way with some serious good cheer I’d rather credit human beings, like Stacey Abrams, for Trump’s defeat. When a black woman can screw over Republicans so hard in Georgia, that’s a powerful woman right there.

I’d rather credit human beings, like Stacey Abrams, for Trump’s defeat.
I'm with you on that one !!!

I can sure relate on the low-grade depression, it’s been a hell of ride. Try also being dialed into manmade global warming dynamics and aware of our transitioning weather systems, and where we’re taking her. Future shock in the current droughts and fires, hurricanes and floods can be pretty fierce at times. Knowing damned well this is just the beginning, those come with panic attacks, a gut wrenching cry once in a while, and then the low-grade depression, to dull the pain. Lotta scar tissue, lots of little bundles of pain filed away in their various slots.

Definitely requiring a bit faith in something bigger than us and our degenerating shit show with only one trajectory ahead of it.

For me it’s the past - the grand pageant of Earth, and yes humanity too. We humans really been amazing, unfortunately way the hell to destructive, I think this end has probable been inevitable for millennia. Humanity’s only hope was to slow down, cool their jets a little (especially this past century) stretch out a good thing for a few more generations. But, nah. Me First, has become society’s battle cry.

Still we’re biological beings and want to live and we’re humans and want to enjoy what we can, as best we can, so on we go until death do us part.

We need a couple Stacey Abrams in every state.

Actually let me revise that one Stacey Abrams along with a Katie Porter to have her back.