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Merry Christmas from the Kinchlea Kitties

Kitteh Krizmiss

Halle and Celine love their new sweaters.

This year made me a cat person.

Now I’m a LOLcat person.

May God have mercy on my soul.


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This entry was written by Will, posted on December 16, 2010 at 4:40 pm, filed under Humour, Internet and tagged , , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink.

Advent 08: First Christmas together.

In an ongoing effort to avoid work that would actually go towards, say, a B.A. in Religious Studies, I’m going to start my Advent 08 talks with one that comes up amongst the newly married, like myself – The need for compromise and the joining of two traditions into a new tradition.

As Andy Crouch puts it, the family is the primary cultural unit.  Why did I add that?  It’s because (almost) everything you will attribute to Christmas, how you’ll do Christmas, who you’ll spend Christmas with, and when you start celebrating Christmas comes from (or comes as a reaction to) your family.  Now that I am happily and newly married, this means that two cultures are coming together with differing views of how to do Christmas/Advent.

This leads right into a little confession: I started Christmas celebrations a week early. Christine decided that last week was really the best time to set up the tree, and since I didn’t want to leave her to do it herself/not take part in what I think is integral to the season (setting up), I broke my own ‘Not-until-Advent’ rule.  These things happen, and I’m sure I’ll have to give on other things as well.

Luckily, we argued about Christmas last year.  Instead of trying to synthesize our entire two traditions into a composite tradition interval, like many of my friends have done over the years, we will be attempting to create our own traditions for Christmas. This is both exciting and scary, since it is a big departure for both Christine and I, though I did spend Christmas in her tradition and with her family last year, so I may be slightly more prepared for the culture-change.

Most of all, I’m trying to keep everything in perspective.  Throughout this season, I’ll be dropping lots of song lyrics, since song is integral to this season.  The song that has, and will always, help keep me in perspective, is First Christmas, by Stan Rogers:

This day a year ago, he was rolling in the snow
With a younger brother in his father’s yard
Christmas break, a time for touching home,
the heart of all he’d known
And leaving was so hard

Three thousand miles away,
now he’s working Christmas Day
Making double time for the minding of the store
Well he always said, he’d make it on his own
He’s spending Christmas Eve alone
First Christmas away from home

She’s standing by the train station,
pan-handling for change
Four more dollars buys a decent meal and a room
Looks like the Sally Ann place after all,
in a crowded sleeping hall
That echoes like a tomb

But it’s warm and clean and free,
and there are worse places to be
At least it means no beating from her Dad
And if she cries because it’s Christmas Day
She hopes that it won’t show
First Christmas away from home

In the apartment stands a tree,
and it looks so small and bare
Not like it was meant to be,
Golden angel on the top
It’s not that same old silver star,
you wanted for your own
First Christmas away from home

In the morning, they get prayers,
then it’s crafts and tea downstairs
Then another meal back in his little room
Hoping maybe that “the boys”
will think to phone before the day is gone
Well, it’s best they do it soon

When the “old girl” passed away,
he fell apart more every day
Each had always kept the other pretty well
But the kids all said the nursing home was best
Cause he couldn’t live alone
First Christmas away from home

In the common room they’ve got the biggest tree
And it’s huge and cold and lifeless
Not like it ought to be,
and the lit-up flashing Santa Claus on top
It’s not that same old silver star,
you once made for your own
First Christmas away from home

If it is your first Christmas away from home, I pray you find peace in your new traditions.


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This entry was written by Will, posted on December 2, 2008 at 12:47 am, filed under Culture and tagged , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink.