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Merry Christmas

I hope you’re having a good one, and if you aren’t, consider my thoughts with you, for they are.


Open Thread


Week-end Wrap – Political Economy – December 25, 2022


  1. ChΓ© Pasa

    Merry, merry. Ho-ho-ho.

    This year has been quite a challenge for me — mentally and physically — which I think is probably the case for many, though their challenges may be different. I kind of dreaded the coming of Christmas, as others may. The holiday seems to require so much of us, presence and presents and joyfulness we may have difficulty mustering. What then? What then?

    And yet I find myself smiling at the merest little thing this Christmas, finding joy nearly everywhere, despite personal limits and challenges. The days are obviously getting longer, birds are chirping (or in our case cawing — ravens and crows and grackles dominate the skies, neighbors’ ducks and chickens adding to the cacophony πŸ˜‰ — and it’s all a treat.

    Have a Merry-Happy Christmas one and all. Enjoy and smile at everything/everyone you can. We’ve come through a lot. And thanks to Ian for the little bits of insight and joy he graces us with nearly every day. Go ahead. Send him a buck or two — or more! — if you can. You won’t regret it.

  2. StewartM

    Other than a residual chest cold cough, I’m reasonably good.

    I’ve noted that the variants of Dickens’s “A Christmas Carol” that used to play Christmas Eve night and often Christmas Day have largely disappeared from repertoire of TeeVee Christmas shows (well, there was the dark motif FX version). As defenses of Scrooge, the “job creator” abound amongst our elites, as here:

    Maybe this is deliberate? After all, according to this article, Bob Cratchet is paid ‘what he’s worth” and Scrooge is not responsible for his children’s health or support.

  3. anon y'mouse

    Merry Christmas, Ian.

    something that i listen to every year at this time:

  4. marku52

    A merry one to you and yours, Ian.

  5. Joan

    Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays everyone! Che Pasa summed it up better than I could, thank you. Here’s to a 2023 that’s good, or at least good enough!

  6. Trinity

    Merry Christmas, Ian and everyone.

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