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  •  I'd take thanksgiving over christmas (3+ / 0-)
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    Temmoku, Andiandi, chimene

    But that's just me. I like the harvest and I think it should be celebrated. I like the solstice too, but for different reasons.

    I come from a small island and my tribe isn't your tribe. My traditions are not your traditions. The cold sting of a winter wind for us is about the same temperature your tribe describes as a nice warm summer.

    However, we're all the same tribe now, and I'm pretty happy with what we've gained.

    Moreover, I like a good secular holiday where people don't take it upon themselves to wage war over greetings or stuff their close personal savior down my throat along with confectionery or braised water-foul. I like listening to the honey voiced men and women explain how their families honor their ancestors by getting really really worked up over nothing, and I like how mock wars are fought for the entertainment of all and injury (mostly) only to the willing.

     

    •  What if, now that we've re-elected a decent (4+ / 0-)

      President, we behaved like a decent nation?

      What if we muted the commercials?

      What if we didn't join the black Friday frenzy as a nation?

      What if we didn't camp out all weekend waiting for the stores to open?

      What if we didn't send ourselves into debt to buy STUFF for Xmas?

      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 Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 10:27:01 AM PST

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      •  Bring it on! (0+ / 0-)

        That would be amazing! I'd still prefer thanksgiving but I would no longer dread christmas.

        I've made some inroads there already.

        I don't watch much broadcast TV.
        I've trained my kids to mute the commercials.
        I've never shopped on black Friday.
        I've never camped out in front of a store just to be among the first to own a product.
        I've made things for my friends and family for the last three Christmai, and plan on continuing.

        Sounds like you've got some good ideas and I'd like to subscribe to your newsletter.

        •  My child didn't know what a commercial was (1+ / 0-)
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          chimene

          until he was 7.   I am glad for this.  He encounters them occassionally now, but remains mostly unaffected.  It's a very good thing to reduce that seduction, as you are, too.
           I think.

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