Almost Forgot . . . (Okay, I Did Forget)

In 2015, I posted this:

Thanksgiving is over, and it’s Christmas time, so here’s your Argh tradition:
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(Full disclosure: it’s Dec. 26, 2015, as I type this, but I forgot to post this in time this year. It’s not going to happen in 2016, you betcha.)

And it didn’t happen again in 2016. It happened again in 2022. Look, it’s been a rough week here, but we made it through Thanksgiving–those of us who are Americans and also not turkeys–so now it’s time for us to withstand the Christmas season, about which I am ambivalent. What am I not ambivalent about? the Drifters. Here’s your yearly intro to the season, Argh People. Happy Holiday, whatever you celebrate.

16 thoughts on “Almost Forgot . . . (Okay, I Did Forget)

  1. I’d normally add a link to a Calvin & Hobbes Christmas. Maybe next month. I’m no longer quite so ambivalent about That Holiday.

    Scrooge was better than his word. He did it all, and infinitely more; and to Tiny Tim, who did not die, he was a second father. He became as good a friend, as good a master, and as good a man, as the good old city knew, or any other good old city, town, or borough, in the good old world. Some people laughed to see the alteration in him, but he let them laugh, and little heeded them; for he was wise enough to know that nothing ever happened on this globe, for good, at which some people did not have their fill of laughter in the outset; and knowing that such as these would be blind anyway, he thought it quite as well that they should wrinkle up their eyes in grins, as have the malady in less attractive forms. His own heart laughed: and that was quite enough for him.

    He had no further intercourse with Spirits, but lived upon the Total Abstinence Principle, ever afterwards; and it was always said of him, that he knew how to keep Christmas well, if any man alive possessed the knowledge. May that be truly said of us, and all of us! And so, as Tiny Tim observed, God bless Us, Every One!

  2. I live in the hills above the Yankee Candle Flagship Store. Today the parking lots are packed with cars parked on the grass and men in orange vests directing traffic out on the street.

    A long line of cars has been climbing up into the hills today, and a long line of cars with trees on their roofs has been returning down.

    I hope they’re admiring the area where I live.

    Love your Drifters post, Jenny! I look forward to it.

    1. I was about to say that I live on the road that leads to the local regional mall and traffic backs up from there to my house, starting the day after Thanksgiving, when I remembered that, oh, yeah, the mall was bulldozed last year, so no more holiday traffic backups to it. There’s still a Target and Home Depot and Kohl’s and a few other smaller stores, about halfway between the old mall and my house, but that traffic isn’t as intense as the much bigger mall produced.

  3. Thank you for this. I enjoy it every year 🙂

    Our next-door neighbours have put their Christmas lights up this afternoon, and so they are now twinkling away merrily in the darkness. I always enjoy that too.

    We had our first family dance of the year to YouTube Christmas music (also found a heavy metal version of Wellerman, which, while not Christmassy, made us laugh!)

    Here’s to a happy and as non-stressed-as-possible holiday season…

  4. Thank you. I know I saved this from last year, but I can leave this on my inbox where it is much easier to find. Maybe this year I’ll give it a file by itself.

  5. Added this to my Christmas Playlist 🙂

    Also, I think it was Argh that introduced me to Tim Minchin’s White Whine in the Sun, which made me tear up a bit when I listened to it today. Argh people are good at finding gems.

  6. We had thanksgiving today. Long story short I always make too much food and some people couldn’t make it. 2 turkeys. 27 pounds of Turkey and 4 pies. 7 people. Wow.

  7. We voted on Saturday (Victorian state election).

    Now, some people may disagree with me, but the good guy won. The progressive one who is putting free tampon and pad dispensers in public spaces across the state. Who is bringing control of electricity back into government hands, and it will all be using renewables. Who is building rail infrastructure. Lots of other good things.

    This was all despite an absolute hammering from the Murdoch press.
    Today, I’m proud of being a Victorian – we ignored the trumpeting of the press, and made up our own minds to stick with the bloke who protected us through the pandemic, and actually builds things, not destroys things.

    1. That sounds great. We really need to do something about the way the media manipulates politics. There’s no democracy without good information.

  8. That is the intro to the movie Mixed Nuts, one of my favorites. It’s directed by Nora Ephron, and has a great cast, including Steve Martin, (with brown hair!), Rita Wilson, Rob Reiner, Robert Klein, Madeline Kahn, and Liev Schreiber as a trans woman. It’s hilarious and poignant, and hopeful, in the midst of a lot of dysfunction and worry. Thanks for that, Jenny. I did not get an email about this, and didn’t know it was coming, but I checked your blog because it’s Monday. Maybe I’ll get in the mood to do the solstice decorations today. 🎄

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