Doing things differently since 1984
Yes, that’s right – among all the selfish, terrible things a person could do for themselves, I have done the worst, and given myself a Christmas present. You’ve probably seen it already – ABTwixt has received a huge makeover!! You might like it, you might not; feel free to malign or applaud me in my comments. It just seemed appropriate, with the new year around the corner and all that.
Anyway, I’m honestly a big fan of Christmas, but that doesn’t mean I have to be perky. Let’s face it, it’s an emotional time of year for everyone, whether positive or negative. So instead of addressing the emotional issues like a mature adult, I’m going to roll my sleeves up and get in the middle of the brawl of this year’s holiday controversies!
1. On white Jesus/white Santa
This really only scarcely bears commenting on. Santa is fictional, and can be any frickin color you want him to be. Saint Nicholas was Greek/Turkish, and thus kind of brownish-white, though he bears little resemblance to Santa. Jesus was Israeli, and thus presumably not white at all. Can we get past this and go back to pouring our stupidity into the traditional outlets, like gossip magazines and crowded venues? Thanks.
2. On being offended during the holidays
This one comes up every year, but for some reason we’ve not yet gotten past the idea that most, but not all, of us (in the Western world) celebrate Christmas. So, I understand that the majority wish that the minority would accept the fact that they’re in the minority, and the minority wish that the majority would respect the fact that a substantial minority does exist. I get all that. But, seriously, if someone says “Good morning!” to you when it’s technically 12:30pm, you don’t punch them in the face. Likewise, if anyone wishes you a happy/merry whatever, say, “Thank you” or “You too”.
3. On stores being open Thanksgiving Day
I’m a little late on this one, but I didn’t comment on it earlier. This argument is very much like any argument against the evils of any corporation, marketing scheme, media trend, etc. Folks, we live in a Capitalist society. Pretty much everything that ever happens here comes down to the same thing: money. Too much violence in video games? Don’t buy them. Christmas is too materialistic? Don’t buy so much Christmas stuff. Evil corporations employing slave children in Indonesia? Shop at local places instead. If you don’t like that method, I would suggest a socio-political revolution toward Socialism.
4. On an unusually cold winter disproving Global Warming
If you live pretty much anywhere in the US, you’ve noticed that December this year has been unusually cold and snowy. In fact, over 2000 cold and snow records have been broken this month already. So, if it’s unusually cold outside, that means that Global Warming is a lie, right? Right?? First of all, at the risk of sounding pretentious, it’s hard to deny that belief in global warming is more and more prevalent in those with a higher level of education. You’ve got to think this through beyond the two words “global” and “warming”. Since this one is very science-ey, and I’m really not terribly science-ey, I’m going to just suggest that people consult someone with a PhD in Climatology before forming an opinion.
Whew, well, that’s a relief to get that all off of my chest. So unless I get struck with an expected spark of inspiration and creativity before then, I wish you all the happiest of whatever holidays you choose to celebrate, and look forward to continuing this barely-existent blog into the new year!