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Pre-empted for holiday programming
That's what RSA news says for the schedule tonight. Talk about your war on Christmas!

I'm going to see Les Miserables tonight with darling daughter who's visiting for the week, if we can stay up that long. We saw The Hobbit last night and loved it. Listen not to the naysayers. (This means you, crose.) Granted they overdid the fighting and the precipices. Precipi?

Here's what you might have missed on the LLS last Friday.

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  •  If Santa doesn't show up (6+ / 0-)

    we know where to find him.

    Santa Claus at Panama City Beach, Florida

  •  Me? (6+ / 0-)

    What did I do? I, a JRRTophile and American Tolkien Society member (1978-1988) since 1974? I who wishes that certain producer/director-types not screw with beloved examples of 20th Century classics? Oh shame!

    Enjoy Les Miz.

    "If I could work my will, every idiot who goes about with 'Merry Christmas' on his lips should be boiled with his own pudding and buried with a stake of holly through his heart."--Scrooge

    by crose on Mon Dec 24, 2012 at 09:05:17 PM PST

  •  Holiday is here, it's a happy time of year... (6+ / 0-)

    Bidi Bom

    The whole world of loneliness, poverty, and pain make a mockery of what human life should be. I long to alleviate this evil, but I cannot, and I too suffer. Bertrand Russell

    by Man Oh Man on Mon Dec 24, 2012 at 09:05:31 PM PST

  •  Y'all enjoy whatever it is you do (5+ / 0-)

    this time of year.  Watch out for paper cuts!

    "Go well through life"-Me (As far as I know)

    by MTmofo on Mon Dec 24, 2012 at 09:23:15 PM PST

  •  Went to church for the first time in fifteen years (5+ / 0-)
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    because my son was singing in the choir.

    I like Christmas music. For that matter, I like a lot of Christian hymns. Being pagan has not stopped me from having friendly associations with or appreciating the musicality of these songs.

    But I would like to SMACK the person who put a beautifully sung rendition of Gesu Bambino  first, then followed it with "interpretive liturgical dance" done to some halfassed Christian Contemporary dreck that was autotuned into total blandness, and complete with a Rapture reference in the words.

    Here, for those who haven't heard it, so you understand the depth of the insult, is Gesu Bambino....

    When you come to find how essential the comfort of a well-kept home is to the bodily strength and good conditions, to a sound mind and spirit, and useful days, you will reverence the good housekeeper as I do above artist or poet, beauty or genius.

    by Alexandra Lynch on Mon Dec 24, 2012 at 09:36:10 PM PST

    •  I like the (5+ / 0-)

      Olde Englishe and Frenche carols especially since they are based on pre-Xtian folk tunes.

      "If I could work my will, every idiot who goes about with 'Merry Christmas' on his lips should be boiled with his own pudding and buried with a stake of holly through his heart."--Scrooge

      by crose on Mon Dec 24, 2012 at 09:42:41 PM PST

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    •  One of the local TV stations... (5+ / 0-)

      has been broadcasting area high school choirs singing carols. Most of them are stiff, unsmiling, kids dragging through tired old standards.
      But... every once in a while there is some kid who looks like they are really in to it and is belting it out with enjoyable gusto.
      Makes the whole rest of 'em look even more stiff and tired.

      The whole world of loneliness, poverty, and pain make a mockery of what human life should be. I long to alleviate this evil, but I cannot, and I too suffer. Bertrand Russell

      by Man Oh Man on Mon Dec 24, 2012 at 09:46:08 PM PST

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      •  That's too bad-- (5+ / 0-)

        some of my better memories from grade school are singling in the choir. I enjoy human voices singing in harmony. There are sweet spots that vibrate at a mystical, almost molecular level felt at my core.

        "If I could work my will, every idiot who goes about with 'Merry Christmas' on his lips should be boiled with his own pudding and buried with a stake of holly through his heart."--Scrooge

        by crose on Mon Dec 24, 2012 at 10:05:53 PM PST

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        •  Most of them are pretty good... (4+ / 0-)

          Some of the smaller schools lack enough good singers to cover for those who are not so good. There was one all-girl choir of 7 or 8 kids I wished were better. They didn't look very happy with the whole ordeal. But some are not too bad. The bigger schools have small Madrigal Choirs that are quite good but it's because they are the best of larger groups.

          The whole world of loneliness, poverty, and pain make a mockery of what human life should be. I long to alleviate this evil, but I cannot, and I too suffer. Bertrand Russell

          by Man Oh Man on Mon Dec 24, 2012 at 10:13:16 PM PST

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  •  Did gift exchange with my parents and my kids (5+ / 0-)
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    today.

    I had rather a Dumbledore time, as I got a LOT of socks. This is fine, and in fact great, as all my socks had holes, and one of the pairs is wool, which is lovely for winter wear when one suffers from circulatory problems.

    My mother in law took out her Christmas frustrations on my husband. I don't know how things went with her, because he wasn't back yet at ten when my mother picked me up for the above-mentioned service, and he was in bed asleep when I got back at midnight.  I daresay if he'd killed her he'd be in jail, so that means everything's pretty much normal.

    Tomorrow is get up and go to his mom's house to do presents, drop some presents off for his sister and her family, and then go have Christmas dinner with my mother and dad and my sons before they all go to Kentucky to see her sisters.  Our timetable got accelerated by this winter storm I keep hearing about.

    When you come to find how essential the comfort of a well-kept home is to the bodily strength and good conditions, to a sound mind and spirit, and useful days, you will reverence the good housekeeper as I do above artist or poet, beauty or genius.

    by Alexandra Lynch on Mon Dec 24, 2012 at 09:45:13 PM PST

    •  Obligatory madness. (5+ / 0-)

      I had a very small family with no cousins and later no in-laws we were ever invited to, so we had quiet Christmases at home. They were nice if there was no pressure, hellish if there was. Good luck tomorrow.

      "If I could work my will, every idiot who goes about with 'Merry Christmas' on his lips should be boiled with his own pudding and buried with a stake of holly through his heart."--Scrooge

      by crose on Mon Dec 24, 2012 at 10:36:31 PM PST

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      •  The only worry is Bear's mom. (3+ / 0-)
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        MTmofo, InsultComicDog, dsb

        She is....well, she's a frequently lamented topic here. She was a nasty woman who became a poisonous, friendless old woman, and now at 81 I think she's had a couple small strokes, because there are some distinct gaps in memory and cognition.

        Not that that tones down the vitriolic ranting any.

        But I get her over with first thing, and then get to have fondue with my sons for lunch. FUN!

        When you come to find how essential the comfort of a well-kept home is to the bodily strength and good conditions, to a sound mind and spirit, and useful days, you will reverence the good housekeeper as I do above artist or poet, beauty or genius.

        by Alexandra Lynch on Mon Dec 24, 2012 at 10:42:55 PM PST

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  •  I think (3+ / 0-)
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    I've had enough of these yuletide hijinx. You people enjoy the Day. Man, sleep in heavenly peace.

    "If I could work my will, every idiot who goes about with 'Merry Christmas' on his lips should be boiled with his own pudding and buried with a stake of holly through his heart."--Scrooge

    by crose on Mon Dec 24, 2012 at 10:38:43 PM PST

    •  Have a good day yourself... (3+ / 0-)
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      MTmofo, InsultComicDog, dsb

      And to all teh Hooligans, Happy Holidays as well.
      SYLM

      The whole world of loneliness, poverty, and pain make a mockery of what human life should be. I long to alleviate this evil, but I cannot, and I too suffer. Bertrand Russell

      by Man Oh Man on Mon Dec 24, 2012 at 10:41:41 PM PST

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