Christmas is around the corner. It’s time to get into the Christmas spirit
Make the snow fall your desktop, change the terminal prompt, use a Christmas wallpaper and play Christmas songs of everyone from Mariah Carey to good old classics of Frank Sinatra and Nat King Cole.
It’s been two years since I moved out of Europe and one of the things that I miss a lot is the Christmas season. Christmas songs playing in the shops, people in festive spirit and enjoying the Christmas market in the cold.
So, if you are celebrating the festival, merry Christmas to you and your family (in advance). Celebrate but with safety in mind.
Which part of Europe were you in - US Forces Base?
Think you have got Y’all cultures mixed up - this ain’t European or Uk culture this is American Culture of the worst kind - as they would say - Barf Out. As for your … “Nothing makes Christmas more “Christmasy” then the snow flurries.” Have you not heard of Global Warming caused, in large part, by - unless you are in denial like that Half-Wit President…? We are now told that snow at Xmas in England is a thing of the past due to global warming.
Used to love February; three days and nights camping in the mountains of Wales in deep snow and ice, frozen lakes, frozen waterfalls, frozen everything. What use of ice axe, crampons and four season sleeping bag now?
Had to go up the coast of Norway to the Russian border for a dog sled ride from the Ice Hotel - even then the dogs were finding it hot at 13 below instead of 35 below.
Here’s hoping to get through to next year without being force fed or hearing Mariah Carey, Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole or such like… Bah Humbug
Nice thought though; but not my cup of tea or glass of Gluehwein - mince pie anyone…
Despite being much more of a summer girl, I actually do like the time around Christmas and decorating the house with the children and I also love to sing the traditional Christmas songs, mostly the German ones because I do know them best from my own childhood but there are some nice ones in English and Spanish too.
I like the candles, the lights when it gets dark so early and the scents, the mulled wine (Glühwein), the biscuits and even the yummy English Christmas pies, not to forget the goose with kale or red cabbage and potato dumplings on Christmas day.
As far as “White Christmas” goes, it is true that climate change made it even less likely in zones like Germany or England but in reality, it was always hardly real but mostly a myth, inspired by the harsher climate of New England and then brought to the world through the wonders of advertising. In XIX century Christmas cards and literature from these areas, you can find no reference to it.
Climate statistics prove, that e.g. in Eastern parts of Germany, where winters were pretty harsh, there was snow covering only on one in five years on Christmas Eve. In the south of England, even less.
We all tend to remember the few times we actually experienced it as if it had been almost ever like this but the memory is a treacherous thing, numbers don’t lie.
Dear @Akito In what should be a festive holiday time I am going to be as nice and faith-country neutral as I can. There are probably many specific web or dreadful social media platforms with even funnier and angry threads – I do not use them at all.
So in the same spirit could you ask Abhishek to apologise or make an edit for accidentally insulting all his European readers?
Wouldn’t it be nice if like FOSS we could have FOSN - Free Open Source News…?
So could we say Seasons Greatings to Julian locked away for giving us just that?
No, because you are doing exactly the thing you criticism. If I understand correctly, you think that Europeans are assumed to follow Christmas culture, even though it’s actually an American culture and has nothing to do with European culture. However, this is very wrong. First of all, I am European and where my family comes from Christmas is a thing with a Christmas tree and all the Christmas stuff decades before Europeans even knew how to spell “American”. That said, if you go thousands of years back in history, you will see that many now “Christian” traditions are actually originating from heretic traditions, mainly in Nordic cultures.
So Christmas is actually very European, no matter how you look at it.
P.S.: We never had a thing called “xmas” as did the Americans. Here, it always was Christmas and it is our tradition. So allow me to provoke even more and request an apology from you for your insults towards Europeans.
I followed these guidelines, and defended a multi-pronged verbal attack on my country,
by requesting a bit of reverence towards the USA…for past performance
and I got censored for it.
It was not a knee jerk reaction.
It directly related to the content
it was not an Ad hominem attack
( Ad hominem (Latin for ‘to the person’), short for argumentum ad hominem, is a term
that refers to several types of arguments, most of which are fallacious.Typically this term
refers to a rhetorical strategy where the speaker attacks the character, motive, or some
other attribute of the person making an argument rather than attacking the substance of
the argument itself.)
And I avoided name calling.
If following the guidelines, but irritating a moderator, by doing so is the way this forum is run, then
I no longer wish to be associated with this kind of small mindedness.
No way - indeed I was saying rather than the erroneous misguided examples of being European given by our leader you had to look elsewhere rather than Frank Sinatra - for heaven’s sake!
kindest regards from face Happy Hols to ALL everywhere
ps nice try to divert attention away from Abhi
1 an official who examines books, plays, news reports, motion pictures, radio and television programs, letters, cablegrams, etc., for the purpose of suppressing parts deemed objectionable on moral, political, military, or other grounds.
Making defamatory remarks, is illegal, and should be pointed out
A comment like " I don’t think the president is doing a good job" is opinion, and legal.
But to say “The President is dimwitted” Well, that’s Libel.
Hey Dude - @Flyboy Charles please don’t leave - can’t say how much I love your posts - I’m a huge fan. I am also a huge fan of those comedy shows you have over there. Do you get Spitting Image over there too - not as good as it used to be but Hey…
Just in case you had missed out on the patriot games check out helicopter attack on Wikileaks - your top guy also loves Wikileaks.
Season’s Greetings to you and yours