Merry Christmas!


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(Holiday Tree credit: Sarah Vignale and Ling-Ling Benter; click image for larger version)
Greetings from Claremont Village, California — where I feel Jimmy Stewart’s ghost haunting the corners of town.
All best to everyone for a great holiday!
— Steve Clemons


9 comments on “Merry Christmas!

  1. annie, oakley & buddy says:

    OK. Tree, Check! Lights, Check!! Ribbons, Check!!! Ornaments, Check!!!!!! Weimaraners displaying enormous poise, intelligence and beauty? Weimaraners? Did someone forget to call in the Weimaraners AGAIN!!!!! WTF!!!!!!


  2. Linda says:

    Greetings from a White Christmas in Atlanta, first measurable snow on a December 25 since the 1880s–only an inch or two!
    The snow was only sleet and not sticking until late afternoon allowing us Jews to get to Buford Highway (our little Asia) and do the traditional dim sum and other Chinese delights. The specialty here is Peach Buns–sweet mung bean filled dim sum buns that are colored to look like peaches!


  3. Don Bacon says:

    I knew that. It was just a joke to illustrate my slow learning. My New Year’s resolution is to learn how to google like nadine so as to increase my learning speed and promote nicholas — victory of the people.


  4. questions says:

    Happy Holidays!


  5. nadine says:

    “I (a slow learner) just found out that Saint Nicholas was a Turk.” (Don Bacon)
    Then you learned incorrectly. Saint Nicolas was a Greek. He was the 4th cen ce bishop of Myra in Lycia, in what is today southern Turkey. The name Nicolas comes from the Greek works ‘nike,’ which means victory, and ‘laos,’ which means people.


  6. Don Bacon says:

    I (a slow learner) just found out that Saint Nicholas was a Turk.
    No, you can’t go back to Constantinople.
    Now it’s Istanbul, not Constantinople.
    Why did Constantinople get the works?
    That’s nobody’s business but the Turks.
    — Jimmy Kennedy
    Merry Christmas slash Happy Holidays.


  7. PissedOffAmerican says:

    Merry Christmas, Steve.


  8. WigWag says:

    Merry Christmas Steve to you and your family and to your loved ones and to your readers.
    Ring Out, Wild Bells
    Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1850)
    Ring out, wild bells, to the wild sky,
    The flying cloud, the frosty light;
    The year is dying in the night;
    Ring out, wild bells, and let him die.
    Ring out the old, ring in the new,
    Ring, happy bells, across the snow:
    The year is going, let him go;
    Ring out the false, ring in the true.
    Ring out the grief that saps the mind,
    For those that here we see no more,
    Ring out the feud of rich and poor,
    Ring in redress to all mankind.
    Ring out a slowly dying cause,
    And ancient forms of party strife;
    Ring in the nobler modes of life,
    With sweeter manners, purer laws.
    Ring out the want, the care, the sin,
    The faithless coldness of the times;
    Ring out, ring out thy mournful rhymes,
    But ring the fuller minstrel in.
    Ring out false pride in place and blood,
    The civic slander and the spite;
    Ring in the love of truth and right,
    Ring in the common love of good.
    Ring out old shapes of foul disease,
    Ring out the narrowing lust of gold;
    Ring out the thousand wars of old,
    Ring in the thousand years of peace.
    Ring in the valiant man and free,
    The larger heart, the kindlier hand;
    Ring out the darkness of the land,
    Ring in the Christ that is to be.


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