Christmas Eve 2017

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35 Responses to Christmas Eve 2017

  1. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Merry Christmas to all Catallaxians.

  2. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Indeed – a Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year, to all on the Cat.

  3. EvilElvis

    Merry Christmas to all and a safe new year!

    I personally dislike Christmas, but it’s a part of the greatest culture in the world and that makes it special enough for me.

  4. Sparkx

    A very Merry and Blessed Christmas to all cats and kittehs. God rest ye Merry Gentlemen.

  5. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Christmas Eve is music time. Carols from Kings is thumping out here. When the troops arrive tomorrow I will put on the jollier stuff, Santa and Rudolph and all that.

    Wouldn’t you know it? A Tuscan wall pot with plant in it, sitting under a little cherub wall fountain, has just fallen off the wall on the back terrace where people sit. The attachment has rusted though; lucky it didn’t fall on anyone and better today than tomorrow. We intended to get rid of it anyway, but not till after Christmas. Now the cherub is watering the wall. Have to turn him off and clean up to Hark the Herald Angels.

  6. pbw

    Lest we forget.

    Silent night, holy night!
    All is calm, all is bright.
    Round yon Virgin, Mother and Child.
    Holy infant so tender and mild,
    Sleep in heavenly peace,
    Sleep in heavenly peace

    Silent night, holy night!
    Shepherds quake at the sight.
    Glories stream from heaven afar
    Heavenly hosts sing Alleluia,
    Christ the Savior is born!
    Christ the Savior is born

    Silent night, holy night!
    Son of God love’s pure light.
    Radiant beams from Thy holy face
    With dawn of redeeming grace,
    Jesus Lord, at Thy birth
    Jesus Lord, at Thy birth

  7. one old bruce

    Happy Christmas to one and all. Thanks Sinc.

  8. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Unfortunately for pious folk, Christmas is related to Christianity in the same limited way as Caesar’s wife is to history: only by marriage.

    That Christians deliberately commandeered heathen holidays is not a new historiographical insight.

    Robert Langdon, Professor of ‘Symbology’ from Harvard, could only agree, CL. 😀

    Dan Brown’s blockbuster Da Vinci Code provides the idiot’s view to the Great Conversion, about which historians have long noted that St. Ambrose and the Emperor Theodosius, as well as Pope Gregory who sent St. Augustine to convert the Anglo-Saxons, very clearly stated that pagan temples and heathen sacred sites should be made Christian by sanctification and then used by Christians. This re-use was the modus operandi of the new religion, allowing a recognition of things sacred in a new form. From the caves of Lasceaux on human beings have sought the numinous; and Christmas Eve is the most numinous time of all. In the beginning …

    I found Helen Dale’s piece interesting, a reiteration for some, a reminder for others, and new information for the culturally illiterate. Saturday night as a ritual of fun times is simply Saturnalia writ small, and the great festival of the winter solstice we now call Christmas has many pagan/heathen elements in its celebration, from Father Christmas (an old sun god in his chariot flying across the skies) to the Christmas tree (the Scando-Germanic World Tree) and the Yule Log (an enduring cornucopia of heat). And more. But it is also birth and re-birth and most of all, the Christian message of redemption for humanity.

    To all Christians on the Cat, I wish you a very holy Christmas; if you will accept this wish from such as me. To everyone, as I sign in my Christmas cards, with love from Lizzie.

  9. stackja

    What’s wrong with the use of the word Christmas?

    The ecumenical atmosphere which seems prevalent in many religious circles today tends to muffle this objection, but it will be heard this year and next and probably for a long time to come. The objection to the name pertains to its derivation. Christmas is obnoxious to some because it represents the combination of two words, “Christ” and “mass.” The word means “the mass of Christ.”

    But what does “mass” really mean in the compound word Christmas? Any authoritative dictionary will reveal that the English term mass evolved from the Anglo-Saxon word maesse, which derived in turn from the Latin missa, which is a form of the verb mittere, which means “to send.”

    Consequently, the root meaning of Christ-mass is “to send Christ,” or “Christ is sent.”

    Is God against describing the coming of His son with a word meaning “Christ is sent”? Did not Paul refer to Immanuel’s incarnation as the sending of Christ? “When the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman…” (Galatians 4:4). Moreover, the Savior spoke often of “him who sent me.” There is nothing inherently obnoxious in the name Christmas. The term accurately represents what the holiday is all about or should be—the sending of Christ.

  10. hzhousewife

    Woot. Pentatonix has been our “go to” vid for the last week, talented, disciplined and beautiful group of young singers.

  11. Boambee John

    A Happy and Holy Christmas to the Doomlord, the official posters (even including Lucius) and to all Cats and Kittehs, you also m0nty!

  12. Bear Necessities

    A Merry Xmas to all the cats.

    A special Merry Xmas to the Doomlord (aka Sinc). That’s for a blog that pushes alternate views.


    Bear Necessities.

  13. struth

    Peace and love.
    Merry Christmas.

  14. Roger

    Thank you for this, Sinclair.

    It’s certainly an improvement on Celine Dion 😉

    Merry Christmas!

  15. Infidel Tiger

    The only secular Xmas song I like is George Michael’s Last Christmas. There is something very endearing about that tune that captures much of the spirit of the holiday.

    Felicitations of the season to all.

  16. メリークリスマス

    Merrī kurisumasu

    Merry Christmas to all the Cats, never stop standing up for free opinion.

    Always be yourselves, it is what makes this place special

  17. Pedro the Ignorant

    Merry Christmas to the Doomlord and all who inhabit the Cat.

    The most eclectic and interesting mob on the internet.

    Many thanks for your contributions, suggestions, discussions, arguments and even the alcohol fuelled “stoushes”.

    Lumps of coal for the trolls who keep popping up, who fortunately get hit with the mighty Hammer of Doom pretty rapidly.

  18. Robber Baron

    Merry Christmas one and all.

    Jesus Christ is our lord and savior.

    God bless us.

  19. cui bono

    Merry Christmas to one and all.

  20. cui bono

    Even those who only have abuse and personal denigration. The message is for you too.

  21. Bron

    How did it come to this? The world seems so full of stupid.

    Merry Christmas to all Cats, contributors and readers alike. We few, we happy few.

  22. Ubique

    Peace and goodwill to all men.

  23. Megan

    Wishing peace and joy to all Cats this Christmas season! Superstars of the interwebs.

  24. urb

    Mewwy kwithmath yoo cwathy catsth, looking forward to reading you all across the season, urb.

  25. entropy

    Ho ho ho merry Christmas!
    Santa’s off to get his ’milk’ and cookies!

  26. Nerblnob

    Stille Nacht means a lot to me because it was first performed at Oberndorf on the Austria/Germany border and we drilled 18 big gas storage wells 10-15 minutes away over the period 2010-2015.
    So Frohe Weihnachten all and, “bohren, Liebling, bohren!

  27. JohnA

    Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare #2593182, posted on December 24, 2017 at 6:50 pm

    …historians have long noted that St. Ambrose and the Emperor Theodosius, as well as Pope Gregory who sent St. Augustine to convert the Anglo-Saxons, very clearly stated that pagan temples and heathen sacred sites should be made Christian by sanctification and then used by Christians. This re-use was the modus operandi of the new religion, allowing a recognition of things sacred in a new form.

    This is based on the sound theology that God made one world/universe and there is one body of ultimate truth.

    However, due to the effect of sin by rebellious humanity, the religious (& cultural) practices of the world have drifted or been driven away from the truth into greater and greater error as time has passed.

    Consequently, restoration of the Truth implies a reconstruction of religious practice and a replacement of the error.

    This was a vast improvement over iconoclastic vandalism and a recognition that every culture contains some echo of the original Truth which was lost.

  28. Bruce in WA

    For family reasons, we had to have our “Christmas Day” yesterday. So today fell pretty flat for me. But tonight we were invited to a Christmas Eve dinner by one of my wife’s great-nieces and her partner. I wasn’t enthused; wondered how we oldies would fit in.

    To my surprise, they had traditional carols playing, turkey, ham and roast pork with all the trimmings, even Christmas crackers—and they all wore the silly hats.

    I still felt old, but I also felt warm and somehow contented that it seems the Christmas tradition is still going to go forward.

    And some of them have even promised to join us for lunch tomorrow—so Christmas Day may be a happy occasion anyway!

    Bless everyone who has someone to love on this night of nights. And if you don’t, bless you, too. There is more than enough love to go around. May your Christmas be one of giving, of love, joy, happiness and hope.

    Merry Christmas, Professor Sir Doomlord, from one of the “numpties”. And Merry Christmas to all Cats, no matter their shade of grey. Long may this forum remain, for it is one of the few places I and others of my ilk feel at home.

  29. Bruce in WA

    I just knew I’d post that and no-one would see it.

    Merry Christmas, anyway

  30. Bruce in WA


    Very Christmas all

  31. Howard Hill

    EvilElvis wrote:
    I personally dislike Christmas, but it’s a part of the greatest culture in the world and that makes it special enough for me.

    I hear ya and I kinda thought the same way until reading the words of all the wonderful people on this forum and trying to understand the many varied views and opinions. I’ve since come to understand the meaning of this time in my own way. A Time where people who feel strongly about the freedom and happiness of others and themselves come together and celebrate what counts. A time when we can all reminisce and realise we are not alone in our quest for a greater human society free of bludgers, spivs, parasites and any other scoundrel one can think of. A time when we cherish the knowing that we have many mates that are fighting the good fight for what we ourselves believe in.

    We may not always agree or or like the delivery of an opinion or thought, but we try to understand the direction one of our own is trying to come from or head to. Even those we at times feel are on the wrong path, we try to understand and correct their bearings if we can. We are vigilant in our actions and we’ll never give up. This is the time to honour and bless all those that are on our side.

    Merry Christmas to all who understand that the fight for freedom is a long one, that it will be forever and that Christ, whether you believe in him or not or who ever made him up was one of us and on our side. Today is the day we all remember what his word meant and what all of you mean. Bless all of you, for you are the vanguard of the future and I love every one of you.

    Oh and Sinclair Davidson. Thank you for this forum and all your hard work in fighting the good fight. Merry Christmas to you and all of your family.

  32. Macspee

    Just because Christmas (and other religious ceremonies) are held at times that were once used by other religions (pagan we like to call them) has nothing to do with the particular purpose of the celebration. At Christmas, Christians like to celebrate the birth of Christ – doesn’t really matter when it happens but for pretty good historical reasons it made a lot of sense nicking the times when other people might be celebrating something you don’t like and want to go away.
    Helen Dale’s commentary is simply beside the point and, really pointless.
    Anyway here’s hoping all cats had a happy Christmas and that our Misesians and Rothbardians continue their good work, working as ever to destroy the last vestige of Keynes (but I won’t lose sleep waiting).

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