25 December 2011

Happy holidays!

Or "Merry Christmas", if you prefer -- Christmas is so eclectic in its origins and character that it seems a shame to limit it to a single greeting. It's basically the old Roman festival of Saturnalia, which featured revelry and gift exchanges, as well as an inversion of social status roles which has unfortunately vanished from the modern celebration (might be interesting to see, say, banking executives waiting on temp workers at Christmas dinner). The concept of December 25th as the birthday of a god seems to have come from the Persian cult of Mithra, which had spread into the Roman Empire by the time Constantine made Christianity its official religion. Later, Germanic touches like Santa Claus and the Christmas tree were added. Today, Christmas is consecrated to the god Mammon, and believers flock to sacred sites called "malls" to offer up large sacrifices of money in hopes that the high priests of economic indicators will announce blessed retail sales figures to ensure a bountiful gross national product.

So, observe whatever tradition you choose.....

.....enjoy the Christmas light displays.....

.....put on some festive Christmas music.....

.....celebrate with family and friends.....

.....and, of course, drive carefully on your way home, especially if it's a long trip.

[Oh Tannenbaum found via Republic of Gilead.]


Blogger Jack Jodell said...

Happy holidays to you, too, Infidel753!

25 December, 2011 05:09  
Blogger Linda said...

Merry Krismas! Merry ChriSFMas!

25 December, 2011 06:19  
Blogger Cyc said...

Happy holidays Infidel and thank you for all the support you have shown me since we have known one another, we don't know each other on a truly personal basis but I would like to know that I consider you a friend, thank you.

25 December, 2011 06:23  
Blogger Linda said...

I think there was a typo in my last reply (I need my coffee).
I meant to say...
Merry ChriFSMas! :)

25 December, 2011 06:27  
Blogger Leslie Parsley said...

Dear, dear Infidel. What would we do without your infinite wisdom and sardonic wit? Love the Boxers. They are so good at this. If there's not another dog around, a crossed leg will do just fine.

I wish you, my special friend, a warm and pleasant holiday.

25 December, 2011 07:34  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wishing you + yours a sexy Saturnalia!!

All the best into the new year...


25 December, 2011 09:48  
Blogger Ahab said...

Thanks for sharing Unheilig's cover of O Tannenbaum. I'll make an Unheilig fan out of you yet!

By the way, Rammstein fan, have you checked out the remixes on Rammstein's new album, "Made in Germany"? I recommend the new remix of "Sonne."

Love the hilarious photos and art. Have a great holiday season, Infidel.

25 December, 2011 10:34  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

JJ: Thanks!

Linda: SF or FSM, either is fine!

Cyc: Glad to see you're back to blogging these days.

LP: Much thanks for the kind words. The party-goers in that photo must have been a bit startled at the floor show, but they don't look unhappy about it.

EP: It'll come -- thanks for visiting!

Ahab: I'm always finding new Rammstein material, and on the lookout for worthwhile new bands. Thanks for showing the video.

25 December, 2011 12:27  

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