Friday, December 24, 2004


Happy Non-Denominational Gift Day

To the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the Northern hemisphere's year (and the longest day of the Southern Hemisphere's year) Most cultures stemming from agricultural roots have celebrations around the equinoxes and the solstices - so in this season of sharing let's share the holiday rather than claim a property interest.

So, Merry Christmas, Happy Hannukah, Wonderful Winter Solstice, Joyous Kwanzaa - and for worshippers of free markets everywhere, Profitable Non-Denominational Gift Day!

And for anyone annoyed by Christmas Commercialization, like myself and many others, I recommend Tom Lehrer's 1960's Christmas song criticizing the shift from what Christmas should be about to what the marketing departments have made "the true spirit of Christmas - that is the commercial spirit."
God Rest ye merry merchants - may ye let the Yuletide pay
Angels we have heard on high - tell us to go out and buy
So, let the raucous sleigh bells jingle
Hail our dear old friend Chris Kringle
Riding his reindeer across the sky...
Don't stand underneath when they fly by!


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