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The original rebel without a Claus, Ambrose Bierce, was not a fan of Christmas.  He defined it as “a day set apart and consecrated to gluttony, drunkenness, mauldlin sentiment, gift-taking, public dullness and domestic misbehavior.”  He disappeared without a trace on December 26, 1913 , so I would like to think that is a lesson for any other Scrooges out there.

Personally, I dig Christmas.  Nat King Cole singing “O Holy Night”, Christmas trees, family gatherings, Christmas Mass (even though the Protestants have the best hymns), gingerbread, crackers, exchanging gifts, children laughing, goodwill to men, a bowl of smoking bishop (see Mahons a Christmas Drink Dec 23, 2011 in ATW archives) and all the other trappings of the season.  I am a fan, of the symbols and the message of Christmas.

So to all the ATW community, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


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4 thoughts on “Redeeming Grace

  1. Merry Christmas Mahons great post.

    Your kids are still young enough to believe aren’t they?

    Do you do anything like cookies & Milk?

  2. Thanks for the music tip, mahons. I got it up on running on one of the latest gadgets and that velvety voice has been singing ever since. A really great Christmas song.

    Really, all of us that are heir to this great tradition and culture can count themselves among the blessed.

  3. Troll – My gang still believes. I’ve been told there are 4 stages of life – 1. When you believe in Santa, 2. When you no longer believe in Santa, 3. When you dress up as Santa and 4. When you look like Santa.

    Noel – Cheers!

  4. I came across a classic from PJ O’Rourke today. Enjoy:

    “I have only one firm belief about the American political system, and that is this: God is a Republican and Santa Claus is a Democrat.

    God is an elderly or, at any rate, middle aged male, a stern fellow, patriarchal rather than paternal and a great believer in rules and regulations. He holds men accountable for their actions. He has little apparent concern for the material well being of the disadvantaged. He is politically connected, socially powerful and holds the mortgage on literally everything in the world. God is difficult. God is unsentimental. It is very hard to get into God’s heavenly country club.

    Santa Claus is another matter. He’s cute. He’s nonthreatening. He’s always cheerful. And he loves animals. He may know who’s been naughty and who’s been nice, but he never does anything about it. He gives everyone everything they want without the thought of quid pro quo. He works hard for charities, and he’s famously generous to the poor. Santa Claus is preferable to God in every way but one: There is no such thing as Santa Claus.”

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