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Merry Christmas

I hope the day finds you well, and happy.


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  1. markfromireland

    Merry Christmas Ian from me and the horde, and may you and yours have a peaceful, prosperous, and healthy New Year.

    Gloria in altissimis Deo et in terra pax in hominibus bonae voluntatis

    Glory to God in the highest: and on earth peace to men of good will.

    Luke: 2 14


  2. Jeff Wegerson

    By chance this year our Christian adaptation of the pagan rite is topped with a Muslim pictoral icon of the Hebrew word for God. Nothing? Blank? Oh well nothing is like God. And well to you all as well.

  3. Ivory Bill Woodpecker

    Well, if I’d known this thread would exist, I’d have waited and put my Christmas posts here. 😛

    Once again, The Story of the Other Wise Man, by Henry Van Dyke, from 1895.

  4. Ivory Bill Woodpecker

    Meri Kurisamasu!

    (Different pic from last thread. These characters come from Lucky Star.)

  5. markfromireland

    @ Ivory Bill Woodpecker December 25, 2015: It’s been decades since I read that – thanks for the reminder and link. I’ve downloaded the epub file and it’s high on my reading list.


  6. BlizzardOfOz

    Lovely story Ivory Bill, thank you for that. Merry Christmas to you.

  7. Ivory Bill Woodpecker

    And Merry Christmas to you as well, Blizz–although I am confused.

    I wouldn’t have expected you to like this story, since its message seems inconsistent with your expressed political proclivities, which are all I know about you–unless my memory is failing me, and I am confusing you with someone else.

    Mark calls himself a conservative, but apparently Irish conservatives differ greatly from their USAmerican counterparts, as Mark does not seem to believe that the poor are unworthy slackers who deserve their sufferings. This also confuses me.

    The complexity of human psychology confuses me; I sometimes feel like I’m just visiting this planet.

    “Been dazed and confused…” :mrgreen:

  8. Ivory Bill Woodpecker

    Mark comes from Ireland, and IIRC, Blizz comes from Australia.

    Maybe conservatives outside the USA tend to be decent folks. Maybe it’s only USAmerican conservatives who tend to be hypocritical @$$holes who support the welfare state for themselves, but not for other people–and also hypocritical warmongers who are willing to send other people to die for plutocracy while they sit home with five deferments (hi, Darth Cheney).

    I’ve never had the chance to travel outside the USA (or much within the USA), since I’ve never had enough money. That misfortune probably limits my perspective, which leads back to Ian’s comments about prosperity creating a different mindset than scarcity.

  9. S Brennan


    Thanks again for another good year of commentary.

    “peace to men of good will”

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