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Before the seasonal madness that we have manufactured as a substitute for what once was a religious holiday begins, I feel it would be a public service to present a defense of the anti-Christmas spirit which has been dubbed Scroogism by Dickens devotees.

Of course, this analysis is from a particular standpoint - that of an aged white male - which is a distinctly minority one since there are few people in their eighties who take the time to pick apart their feelings toward Christmas, especially the parts that don't involve smiling grandchildren, hot buttered rum next to a roaring fire and neckties.

Scrooge has been maligned constantly for his take on Christmas, summed up in the comment "Bah! Humbug!" I'd like to begin by stating that he probably was referring to the fact that Christmas was cutting into his business profits. Anything that's bad for business is bad, period. That was true then and it's still true today.

This leads to the first of common errors that postulates that people who against Christmas are necessarily against religion. Wrong. Christmas and religion have about as much in common these days as God and Wal-Mart. Black Friday is only Good Friday if the cash intake is bigger than last year's. In the contest between the manger and the North Pole, the Pole is going into the ninth inning with a ten-run lead. Being a Scrooge has nothing whatever to do with religion. It's a matter of practicality.

Take, for example, the matter of presents. I have nothing against presents, but what on earth is the sense of buying ribbon, paper, cute little tags and then spending an hour wrapping them up just so the whole lot can be ripped off and sent to the landfill? Why not just give the present, say "Merry Christmas" and go back to the hot buttered rum?

Also, Christmas presents an absolutely splendid opportunity for hypocrisy to take over your life. How many times have you bought a present for somebody not out of a sense of brotherly love, but out of a sense of duty? Or, worse, business. I know people who skimp on their families to buy presents for their boss, co-workers whom they wouldn't think of having dinner with and sometimes complete strangers who happen to be business associates.

Another facet of the holiday that tilts strongly in favor of the Scrooge viewpoint is the whole affair of Christmas cards. Sure, some of them are very funny and some even approach the original spirit of the holiday with messages of love, brotherhood, peace, etc. The majority, however - and check me on this - have to do with either your sexual stamina, your appetites or your wallet. Also, if you think about it, spending four or five bucks for a relatively small piece of stiff paper that could just as easily be replaced by a hand-written note on a Post-it seems more than a tad wasteful.

And don't forget the letters. Usually dupicated, perhaps with a note in longhand at the bottom, they're generally a list of honors won, promotions gained, cars bought, houses remodeled or social clubs joined by the sender, his or her children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews or in-laws. And, in case you still aren't impressed, they often include pictures. The fact that this is the only correspondence you get for a year is immaterial. Allegedly, this is to spread the Christmas spirit.

Yes, I believe Scrooge has a couple of good points. It's not the holiday itself, it's the myth that this is about anything beside the same commercial succeses that gave us Turkey Day, the Easter Bunny and Presidents' Day linen sales. Scrooge is only pointing out what making every precious thing into a profit opportunity does to a country. No wonder we distrust politicians, newspapers and each other. Look out for Number One! The Bottom Line!! The "Me" generation. Competition rather than cooperation. Bah! Humbug!!

Originally posted to boguseconomist on Fri Nov 30, 2012 at 12:59 PM PST.

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  •  Let us know if you're receive some strange (21+ / 0-)

    visits by a few ghosts over the next few days...  :)

    Saint, n. A dead sinner revised and edited. - Ambrose Bierce

    by pico on Fri Nov 30, 2012 at 01:30:58 PM PST

    •  Bah! Humbug! (6+ / 0-)

      I have to agree with a lot of what Boguseconomist wrote. There is a lot of commercialism that really interferes with a hopeful celebration of winter solstice (or your religious beliefs.)

      I would only disagree on a couple points that I'm pretty sure are mostly snark.

      Christmas was cutting into his business profits. Anything that's bad for business is bad, period.
      Of course, Xmas is good for business, and the economy by (buy?) extension. It also goes without saying that some things that are bad for business are good for Americans, and often for the economy over time (like paying for infrastructure improvements.)

      A conservative is a man with two perfectly good legs who, however, has never learned how to walk forward. Franklin D. Roosevelt

      by notrouble on Fri Nov 30, 2012 at 05:45:26 PM PST

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      •  "Helps the economy" (0+ / 0-)

        I am not a Keynesian by any stretch and the idea that the economy is somehow "helped" by production and purchase of things people don't need and might not even want seems deeply wrong to me.

        Ecological, financial, and human resources should not be pissed away for no reason. "Creates jobs" or "helps the economy" is a dumb reason to do anything. The right reason to do something is the fact that the actual output of the activity is useful and helps you!

        (-5.50,-6.67): Left Libertarian
        Leadership doesn't mean taking a straw poll and then just throwing up your hands. -Jyrinx

        by Sparhawk on Sat Dec 01, 2012 at 12:28:38 PM PST

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  •  We are phasing out "presents" (9+ / 0-)

    It is hard, because we are trying to persuade people we don't want any, but some folk are stubborn.

    So, my sister and I started an annual "flex-time" Christmas party which runs first Saturday of December from 2:00-8:00 and folk are asked just to drop by, pass the time with us and enjoy the goodies we put out for them. We specifically ask them to not dress up, and bring only themselves.

    Now, my wife and I have made our own Christmas cards for about 15 years now, and they always feature our critters (the Four-footed Mafia, as we call them) in a humorous motif. Our view is they are more personal, since we make a new one every Christmas and hand-color them.

    I do not leave the house Black Friday weekend as I consider people who shop those days as dangerously unstable.

    Oh, and our annual Christmas movie is now "Hogfather", a wonderful adaptation of Terry Pratchett's novel of the same name:

    So, I am doing my part for Ol' Ebeneezer

    •  HO. HO. HO. (3+ / 0-)

      And I'll take a pork pie when he offers one.

      God be with you, Occupiers. God IS with you.

      by Hohenzollern on Fri Nov 30, 2012 at 04:52:00 PM PST

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    •  LOVE the Hogfather! (0+ / 0-)

      And Susan and Mr. Teatime (pronounced, of course, tay-uh-tom-ay)! It has become part of our regular tradition, too.

      I think you should do what you want to commemorate whatever holiday you're into. I love cards but I love the letters even more. Yeah, so we don't get together as much as we used to, at least I can keep up with what's going on with your family. I like sending cards and I try to get them out every year. Often in the past they were handmade though sometimes not. The point is, I try not to beat myself (and others!) over not meeting expectations. That's the problem, isn't it, unrealistic expectations?

      Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. Throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. --Mark Twain

      by Debby on Sat Dec 01, 2012 at 02:20:52 PM PST

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    •  Re-gifting can be fun (0+ / 0-)

      My mother-in-law and I both like murder mysteries, so she now gives me one she really enjoyed, to share the fun she had reading it. Without fail, it's one of my favorite gifts to receive each year. It's shared fun in wrapping paper - a way to not buy something new, while still being a thoughtful and loving gift.

  •  What's a Christmas Card? (3+ / 0-)
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    eom

    I don't mind straight people as long as they act gay in public.

    by internationaljock on Fri Nov 30, 2012 at 03:24:16 PM PST

  •  Scroogenomics (10+ / 0-)

    Great post! It reminded me of a couple of things:

    My family changed how we celebrated the holidays after losing our daughter nearly four years ago. Then two years ago, I came across Joel Waldfogel's book "Scroogenomics" which solidified my stance on taking $$ out of the holiday equation.  

    "All politics is personal"

    by laurustina on Fri Nov 30, 2012 at 03:43:11 PM PST

  •  My nieces and nephews don't call me Uncle (3+ / 0-)
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    They all call me Scrooge.  That is my name to them...they all call me Uncle Scrooge or just Scrooge for similar reasons you outlined.  

    This is coming from the guy sitting in front of his computer in Grinch PJs...

  •  I didn't quite get your take on Christmas cards (5+ / 0-)

    All I've known them for are a standard way to keep in touch with people we might otherwise drift apart from. Sometimes the letters can get a bit "braggy", but it's always good to hear what others have been up to. Also seeing pictures of their kids getting sooooo big.

    •  I got a Christmas letter from some people I (2+ / 0-)
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      barely knew and they updated everyone on everything, including the fact that their sister was in a treatment center for an eating disorder. Made sense to me given the family she was a part of.

      And I especially hate the cards that aren't cards but just pics of the kids (usually in summer clothes.)

      Tracy B Ann - technically that is my signature.

      by ZenTrainer on Fri Nov 30, 2012 at 06:54:12 PM PST

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    •  I agree on this (3+ / 0-)
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      I always enjoyed reading the letters, even if they were photocopied, because I have about 25 cousins and it kept me up on what they were up to. And they've been up to some pretty interesting things over the years! Plus I always like seeing the photos of friends' and relatives' kids each year, especially the ones who lived too far away for me to see regularly.

      But a lot of the other points in the diary I agree on.

    •  I love the letters as well (2+ / 0-)
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      and I don't care about a bit braggy. Your kid won the spelling bee? Yay! You ran a half-marathon? Bravo! I did have someone on my list, who we don't hear from any longer, who would say things like, "We bought a new house and we now have the biggest yard in town. We plan to put the house on the home tour next year." Tell me about everything you grow in your garden, tell me how you love to renovate, paint, spackle and all. Tell me that you bought one of the fanciest houses in town and your yard is bigger than everyone else's? Well, I remember how you were in college and that just give me ammunition. But see, even there it brought some laughter into my day so where's the problem?

      Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. Throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. --Mark Twain

      by Debby on Sat Dec 01, 2012 at 02:26:44 PM PST

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    •  Certainly less annoying than Facebook! nt (0+ / 0-)

      "All governments lie, but disaster lies in wait for countries whose officials smoke the same hashish they give out." --I.F. Stone

      by Alice in Florida on Sat Dec 01, 2012 at 02:58:47 PM PST

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  •  Most people (7+ / 0-)

    are Scrooge by December 26. The real heroes of Christmas are those who start out as Scrooge. If the rest of the world would only listen to us it would all be so much easier.

    We could donate a bundle to world hunger and have a smashing time, spending only a modest amount for the children (which I believe was the original scenario).

    But alas, most can't see beyond their noses so it all plays out the same, year after year after.....leaving another generation to grow up feeling overstuffed, yet unsatisfied, with an almost uncurable shopping addiction, buying and returning in that compulsive way.

    Facts matter. Joe Biden

    by kpardue on Fri Nov 30, 2012 at 03:55:14 PM PST

  •  I'm a scrooge. (4+ / 0-)

    Bah Humbug indeed!

    pseudoscience can kill

    by terrypinder on Fri Nov 30, 2012 at 04:13:49 PM PST

  •  And for the Record. Scrooge wasn't a Jew. (0+ / 0-)

    Just putting it out there, since it seems to come up every time this discussion does...

    I don't blame Christians. I blame Stupid. Which sadly is a much more popular religion these days.

    by detroitmechworks on Fri Nov 30, 2012 at 04:20:55 PM PST

  •  Hear, hear! I absolutely loathe X-mas. Every (9+ / 0-)

    year, I wish I'd enough money to go to a country that doesn't have X-mas.

    One year, just after I quit grad school, I worked as a temp at Macy's jewelery counter. Okay, it was a bad fit; as a chemist my opinion is that jewelery is shiny rocks mounted on soft alloys. OTOH, I can sell most anything. But the stuff people would say, especially after they'd been shopping for a few hours...

    "I/we still need something for so-and-so. She doesn't need anything, how about earrings?"

    "Just get her a necklace, she likes necklaces. Heck she must have about four dozen of them, so you know she likes them..."

    "What do wives usually like..." (Really, more than one guy said this!)

    "She's too young to have her ears pierced,do you have any diamond clip ons?" (facepalm)

    I loathe X-mas.

    I don't feel we did wrong in taking this great country away from them. There were great numbers of people who needed new land, and the Indians were selfishly trying to keep it for themselves. -John Wayne (-9.00,-8.86)

    by Jonathan Hoag on Fri Nov 30, 2012 at 04:29:08 PM PST

  •  I read a review of A Christmas Carol (5+ / 0-)

    ... which criticized it for not reflecting an Objectivist point of view. Scrooge isn't grumbling against presents and cards, that kind of commercialism hadn't been added yet. Scrooge (the grumpy Scrooge, that is) would be all in favor of the commercialism that has been added to Christmas.

    The wolfpack eats venison. The lone wolf eats mice.

    by A Citizen on Fri Nov 30, 2012 at 04:49:16 PM PST

  •  Which Scrooge? The Scrooge pre-Spirits, or (4+ / 0-)

    the Scrooge post-Spirits?

    The constipated, Ayn Rand Scrooge, or the soft, loving, charitable, generous Scrooge?

    "There's a lot to be said for making people laugh. Did you know that that's all some people have? It isn't much, but it's better than nothing in this cockeyed caravan." --Joel McCrea as "Sully," in "Sullivan's Travels."

    by Wildthumb on Fri Nov 30, 2012 at 05:09:23 PM PST

  •  The Dickensian Scrooge helped "invent" modern... (10+ / 0-)

    ...Christmas.   The book "A Christmas Carol" is widely considered to be a pivotal event in the history of the modern Christmas.  Prior to then, it was a low-key holiday that was not even widely acknowledged.  In fact, puritans in England and the Massachusetts Bay Colony made it a crime to celebrate Christmas.

    Congress stayed in session on Christmas day until the middle of the 1800s.  

    It really wasn't until Scrooge came along (and others expanded on it) that we even had anything remotely resembling Christmas.    

  •  What I hear you saying is we shouldn't be focused (5+ / 0-)

    on what we spent / get spent on us, to which I say, "Bravo!"

    But I'm not willing to give up the paid day off.
    I'm not willing to give up the annual visit with family / friends, even if it is done via telephone or Skype these days.
    I'm not willing to give up a reason to be grateful for that visiting time.

    LBJ, Lady Bird, Anne Richards, Barbara Jordan, Sully Sullenberger, Ike, Drew Brees, Molly Ivins --Texas is no Bush league! -7.50,-5.59

    by BlackSheep1 on Fri Nov 30, 2012 at 05:58:02 PM PST

    •  Time (0+ / 0-)

      And there's no reason you should. The "spirit of christmas" is not capitalized, nor can it be merchandized. Our new American motto, "Anything for a buck," has capitalized (pun intended) our holidays, monetized our feelings and summed up love on our credit card balance. Only you can determine for what to be grateful.

      God may listen, but money talks.

      by boguseconomist on Sat Dec 01, 2012 at 11:02:21 AM PST

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  •  Hot buttered rum? (2+ / 0-)
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    Do tell.

    I can see Canada from my house. No, really, I can.

    by DuzT on Fri Nov 30, 2012 at 07:17:38 PM PST

    •  I prefer my (3+ / 0-)
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      Homemade Irish Cream

      Into a blender add:

      1 can Eagle Brand sweetened condensed milk

      (Use the can as a measure)

      1 can 1/2 and 1/2

      1 can Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey (or other Irish Whiskey if you can't find Tully. Give every man his Dew!)

      1 heaping tablespoon Cafe Vienna instant coffee mix

      1 tablespoon chocolate syrup

      1 teaspoon butter flavoring

      1 teaspoon vanilla

      Blend until smooth

      Taste

      Taste again

      If there is any left, refrigerate

      I give this to a few select friends during the holidays.

      White-collar conservatives flashing down the street, pointing their plastic finger at me..

      by BOHICA on Sat Dec 01, 2012 at 04:45:21 AM PST

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    •  This doesn't look like (1+ / 0-)
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      a bad recipe for it. A friend made some for us a few years ago and it was fantastic! Thanks for the reminder; that's going on my list of things to make!

      Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. Throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. --Mark Twain

      by Debby on Sat Dec 01, 2012 at 02:33:28 PM PST

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  •  In the pantheon of my (1+ / 0-)
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    personal heroes, Mr. Scrooge is in the top 4... the pre-visit version that is...

    After all, is there any doubt those two charity grifters were going to skim a fair amount off the top, the wastrel Nephew probably inherited the Scrooge family wealth and the damned kids' singing was undoubtedly off key and poorly rendered.
    Despite it all, he gave the day off (with pay apparently) to his employee, which is something the WalMart workers can't boast...

  •  Great diary, thanks. (1+ / 0-)
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    MadGeorgiaDem

    There is lots of this upcoming holiday I don't "get," social expectations that surround it that I find stifling, etc.. It's unfairly sentimentalized, and Scrooge sees right through it.

    It's here they got the range/ and the machinery for change/ and it's here they got the spiritual thirst. --Leonard Cohen

    by karmsy on Sat Dec 01, 2012 at 08:18:34 AM PST

  •  You are missing the point. (4+ / 0-)

    A Christmas Carol isn't primarily about Christmas. It's about the importance of human connections to happiness and well-being.

    It is important to make an effort to connect with people in our family and old friends.  Can you do that without holidays? Of course, in the same way you can lose weight without keeping track of what you eat or save money without making a budget.  It's possible, but a lot harder.

    Is there excess in the celebration of Christmas? Sure.  Just as any medicine when taken in an improper manner becomes poison.

    Shall I undertake a point-by-point rebuttal?

    Let's talk about presents. If the wrapping bothers you, give your gift in a reusable gift bag.  I know some eco-conscious families who carefully unwrap their presents and set the paper and ribbons aside for re-use. Here's a tip I learned from an old Yankee family: sign your cards on a post-it note.  And as for those families who have a tradition of ripping the paper, let me remind you that everything we do has an ecological footprint; the point is not to stop living, but to use that ecological footprint for meaningful things.  A trip to the corner market in the car is a waste in a way that a trip to visit your aged parents is not.  We should target first the thoughtless and pointless ways we use the Earth. For example did you buy the most fuel efficient car that meets your needs?  If so it hardly makes sense to worry about a biodegradable, carbon neutral sheet of paper when your car is spewing twenty pounds of CO2 per excess gallon consumed.

    As for hypocrisy, I don't consider doing something out of a sense of duty as hypocritical.  You are conflating human frailty with hypocrisy.  When you have a duty to discharge, it makes rational sense to do so cheerfully, with a good spirit, and to derive as much pleasure and satisfaction from it as you can.  But of course we are worried about deadlines; about being judged; anxiety over gifts comes from defects in intimacy and a shortage of the trust that comes with intimacy. Sweeping the unpleasant feelings we cause ourselves under the carpet doesn't repair that defect. It just makes the slipping apart easier to bear by letting it escape our notice.

    Which brings us to cards. Some of them are tacky, but its the same insecurity that makes us nervous about presents that makes us reach for awkward humor.  You may argue that is craven, but is it better just to write someone off the list? If you want to raise the standards,  then by all means do so, buit don't condemn people for trying.

    That goes for the Christmas newsletters too.  I agree they aren't as satisfying as a real letter, that when you get to the stage where the annual Christmas letter is the only communication you receive your connection with that person is hanging on by the fingernails.  But why mock that old friend for making some effort. Maybe they'd tell you their troubles as well as triumphs if you picked up the phone and called them, invited them for a visit, or arranged to see them again in the coming year.

    True wealth is in our human connections. We are at our wealthiest  as teenagers and young adults, but for many of us aging is a slow descent into relationship poverty.  Holidays our the signposts that remind us another year is slipping past and it's time to do something about our account balances.

    You don't have to violate any of your high-minded principles to celebrate the holidays.  You just have to take charge of yourself, show a little spine and a bit of organization instead of going with the flow.  You don't have to rush out on Black Friday or furiously key away on Cyber Monday -- not unless you want to.  My late mother had her Christmas shopping done before Thanksgiving.  So stock up on locally made crafts throughout the year. Or bake banana bread and hand deliver it.  Put a little thought into the gift and buy somebody something they really need.  Give a gift to a charity that is meaningful to someone.

    Scrooge's kind of money-miserdom is less common in these days of extreme affluence and consumerism, but time stinginess has taken its place.  All of the impersonality people hate about Christmas come from businesses hawking convenience. So, opt-out of convenience, if that is what bothers you, but don't let another year slip through your fingers.  

    The fault for all that is awkward and uncomfortable in Christmas and the holidays lies in ourselves, and it is in our power to overcome that fault, or to to ignore it and let the problem fester.

    I've lost my faith in nihilism

    by grumpynerd on Sat Dec 01, 2012 at 09:03:16 AM PST

    •  Excellent!! (2+ / 0-)
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      A superb reply to a partially tongue-in-cheek diary. Your points are all well-taken, but I have some problem with your definition of "human connections." To me, yearly letters turned out by the dozens fall into the same area as "friends" on Facebook. They may be connections, but I have trouble with "human." To me, for example, a "friend" is someone whom I can count on and who can count on me. It's not one of two thousand strangers who "friend" me on some electronic whiteboard.

      Our family sends Heifer Project cards in lieu of gifts (heifer.org) and my wife uses cloth bags for the few gifts we actually buy. I thoroughly agree with your comment about "time tinginess." This, to me, is the flip side of the commercial coin that acknowledges no value except the monetary and, since time is money, applies the same value to both.

      As to duty, I feel that doing something out of a sense of obligation can often become an incubus. I want to help because I want to, not because I have to.

      ANyway, thanks for your response.

      God may listen, but money talks.

      by boguseconomist on Sat Dec 01, 2012 at 11:17:45 AM PST

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    •  grumpynerd (0+ / 0-)

      That was beautifully written. My feelings exactly. I love Christmas.

      And I never forget this part of Christmas. My favorite Christmas carol:


          O holy night! The stars are brightly shining,
          It is the night of our dear Saviour's birth.
          Long lay the world in sin and error pining,
          'Til He appear'd and the soul felt its worth.
          A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices,
          For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.

              Fall on your knees! O hear the angel voices!
              O night divine, O night when Christ was born;
              O night divine, O night, O night Divine.

          Led by the light of Faith serenely beaming,
          With glowing hearts by His cradle we stand.
          So led by light of a star sweetly gleaming,
          Here come the wise men from Orient land.
          The King of Kings lay thus in lowly manger;
          In all our trials born to be our friend.

              He knows our need, to our weakness is no stranger,
              Behold your King! Before Him lowly bend!
              Behold your King, Before Him lowly bend!

          Truly He taught us to love one another;
          His law is love and His gospel is peace.
          Chains shall He break for the slave is our brother;
          And in His name all oppression shall cease.
          Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we,
          Let all within us praise His holy name.

              Christ is the Lord! O praise His Name forever,
              His power and glory evermore proclaim.
              His power and glory evermore proclaim.

      ~*-:¦:-jennybravo-:¦:-*~

      by jennybravo on Sat Dec 01, 2012 at 11:23:50 AM PST

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  •  I love Christmas, but I hate what it has become. (1+ / 0-)
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    I like the simple Christmas of Midnight Mass at my home parish in North Carolina and a Christmas Dinner with family and friends. I like the spirit of giving that usually accompanies this time of year, but in reality giving should be a year round commitment.

    What I can't stand is the commerical Christmas of door buster sales, maxing out credit cards and the other nonesense that accompanies this tine of year. When it comes to Christmas I am not as much Ebenezer Scrooge as I am Linus Van Pelt. Christmas has become too commercialized and we've have largely forgotten its true meaning (even if we did steal the holiday from Roman pagans).

    Great diary! Tipped and recc'ed.

    The loudest cries for war come from those who have never seen one.

    by MadGeorgiaDem on Sat Dec 01, 2012 at 09:50:06 AM PST

  •  I, for one am a big fan of Scrooge. (2+ / 0-)
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    But I also worked the spotlight for an annual production or A Christmas Carol at a large Regional theater in the Midwest.  Nothing, and I mean nothing will rub the Christmas spirit out of you faster than watching that 8-10 times a week for a month.

    I tend to vote for Democrats because they're not Republicans. I tend to hate Democrats when all they offer me is not being Republicans.

    by Fantastic on Sat Dec 01, 2012 at 10:22:25 AM PST

  •  Bah, humbug! (0+ / 0-)

    or something...


    "I like paying taxes...with them, I buy Civilization" -- me

    by Angie in WA State on Sat Dec 01, 2012 at 02:26:08 PM PST

  •  We used the comics and brown twine with hand- (0+ / 0-)

    made decorations for the little bow for many years. The packages looked REALLY cute:)  Trust us, you can do a lot with twine and lightweight rope.

    202-224-3121 to Congress in D.C. USE it! You can tell how big a person is by what it takes to discourage them. "We're not perfect, but they're nuts."--Barney Frank 01/02/2012

    by cany on Sat Dec 01, 2012 at 07:01:29 PM PST

  •  True story: I'm Uncle Scrooge (0+ / 0-)

    My nieces and nephews have called me that since they were infants.  It is just a long story as to how I received the nickname.

    Now, every Christmas, I get Grinch PJs.  I would kill for Scrooge PJs.

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