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Monday, 22 December 2014

22 December 2014. It’s On Its Way… HAPPY HOLIDAYS

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Holiday decorations on Red Square in Moscow… friends of mine at the Centre tell me that these are New Year decorations. That’s good… that means that it’s for everybody, not just Christians. I find that a GOOD thing…



Sunday, 21 December 2014

Here’s Why I Wish Certain People “Happy Holidays”

01 Galeries Lafayette Christmas Decoration


If I know that a person is a self-appointed guardian of “Christmas orthodoxy”, I make a point of wishing them “Happy Holidays”… just to annoy them. However, overall, I probably say “Merry Christmas” more often than I say “Happy Holidays”. You see, only self-righteous quibblers on this matter deserve to be annoyed… people who buy into that Fox News nonsense about a “War on Christmas”. There are millions of Americans who aren’t Christians (or aren’t religious at all) who still celebrate Christmas and enjoy the season as much as the next person does. The majority of these people don’t mind it if you wish them “Merry Christmas”, and some of them probably extend the same greetings to other folks. The plain fact of the matter is that the Christmas season and the feelings of good will it generates belong to everyone who wants to embrace them, not just Christians. So, why do some people take offense at any holiday greeting that doesn’t include at least a mention of Christmas? Does a right to observe the occasion require a nod to religion? It’s my guess that the Christmas Nazis, as I call them, figure that they’d get bonus points in the hereafter for having been religiously persnickety about the holiday season.

20 December 2014

Pat Cunningham

Liberal Views  



Either you respect your fellow-man or you don’t. If you want to hate me for advocating “Happy Holidays” in secular contexts, go right ahead. There’s nothing wrong with the secular per se… you’d think from listening to some fanatic “religious hobbyists” that everything’s got to be “religious” or else it’s evil. That’s horse hockey and utter rubbish. If you respect your fellow-man, you’ll use “Happy Holidays” in secular venues… for they may not be religious at all, but they still celebrate the Mid-Winter Holiday. I see nothing wrong in treating secularist people with respect… if you do, there’s something wrong in your POV… indeed, you aren’t following Our Lord Christ’s example… who had the greatest faith in Israel? The pagan centurion (that’s what He said)! Ponder that one…


21 December 2014. Is It St Nick or Santa Claus? Why Not Both?

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I think that to make people “choose” between St Nicholas and Santa is a false opposition. After all, Santa’s a secular figure (as Ded Moroz is), and St Nicholas is a religious figure. There’s NO contradiction between the two whatsoever. If it were up to me, I’d have Santa (or Father Christmas or Papa Noël or whatever else you’d want to call him), St Nick, and Dede… all three! They don’t compete with one another. St Nick comes on St Nicholas Day… Santa comes on Christmas… and Dede comes on the New Year. Hell, I’d even throw in the Three Kings (if I ask kindly enough, perhaps, Julio will bring his stilts for a real Old School Tres Reyes blast) on Epiphany. Don’t go around making false conflicts. If you consider it carefully, and choose wisely, you’d see that you could have ‘em all… all in their proper place, of course.

Now, go off and fetch me the jug… that was thirsty work.


Friday, 19 December 2014

19 December 2014. It’s St Nicholas Day… The First Day of the Holidays

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Today is the beginning of the holiday season. The holidays run from St Nicholas Day until Epiphany on 19 January, via New Year on 1 January and Christmas on 7 January. It’s my Nicky’s angel day…


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