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  • MikeJ

    The proper post title before that bit of scripture is, “lights, please.”

  • I’ve never seen the Charlie Brown Christmas Special, but I have seen that excerpt before and for some reason that love the fact that it goes like this:

    Takes thumb from mouth
    “Sure, I know that.”
    Takes center stage
    *Gives speech*
    Walks back to starting position
    “And that’s what Christmas is all about.”
    Puts thumb back in mouth

    Underestimate the thumb suckers at your own peril.

  • Also, I thought this was the tradition:

  • Lori

    That is the best Christmas Eve thing ever.

    Merry Christmas Fred. I hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday and that the New Year treats you all well. 

  • Happy Christmas, Fred.  To you and your family.

    And on an unrelated note, I’d feel better about myself if I’d thought to say that on my own rather than following someone else’s lead.

  • Hexep

    I don’t get me no Christmas, but I get a week for Chinese New Year so I guess it all balances out.  In any case, do enjoy your holiday!  Hit me up in March and we can swap stories.

  • Happy Winter Solstice ! :)

  • Kiba

    Merry Christmas to you and your family. May it be full of good people, good food, and love. 

  • Wasn’t part of the boss’s issue with those two that the flocks weren’t exactly what they were watching by night?

    Happy holidays, which ever ones they are!

  • Jessica_R

    I turned over the money to Heifer, 260 bucks, ya’ll did good. 

  • Trixie_Belden

    Merry Christmas to you and your family, Fred!

  • Dash1

    This is a good time to express my very deep gratitude to our genial host, as well as to the others here who are really, truly Christian (not to be confused with RTCs)–Sgt. Pepper, Deird, ReverendRef, Daughter and all the rest of you–for continuing to represent Christianity so ably. You really do make a difference.

    (Just got back from a Christmas Eve service, attended under obligation with some close-to-RTC  family members; the pastor was actually doing something interesting with the sermon, and then he veered off into a friggin’ altar call!!!)

    Wishing a wonderful Christmas to all who celebrate it.

  • That Other Jean

    Merry Christmas, Fred, Fred’s family, and all the readers/commenters  here at Slacktivist.  If Christmas isn’t what you celebrate in winter, may whatever it is be happy.

  • flat

    merry christmas and may God bless you all.

  • Launcifer

    Merry Christmas to those who celebrate it and, if not, I hope you all have a thoroughly wonderful tuesday ;).

  • ReverendRef

    Merry Christmas to all.   And it is a Merry Christmas around here as Kid Ref finally . . .  FINALLY . . .  arrived home (luggage still in Denver, but hey, The Kid’s home!).

     Dash1: and then he veered off into a friggin’ altar call!!!

    Really??  I’m sorry you had to experience that on Christmas Eve.  Although, I’m not one to talk; we do an altar call every service — It’s called Holy Communion.

    Thanks, also, for the kudos.  I try.

    Anyway, Merry Christmas everyone.

  • Sgt. Pepper’s Bleeding Heart

    Wow, thanks Dash. I hope that will be true more often in the future than it has been in the past.

  • Dash1

    Thanks. I was raised evangelical, so I’ve weathered more than a few altar calls. Curiously, many “altar calls,” this one among them, don’t involve anyone actually physically going down to the altar (had there been an altar or a representation thereof). But I was gobsmacked by the out-of-placeness of it.

    Half a sermon about what God was doing in the incarnation (very C.S.Lewis-y), with a sales pitch grafted on. And it wasn’t even a good sales pitch, either from a Christian perspective or from a sales perspective. Jesus as life-improving product. Sigh.

    I should probably just say “not my church, so I shouldn’t criticize.” But altar calls (or more accurately, summons to “get saved”) are aimed not at the church members but at visitors. So as a visitor, I think I can say it was a pretty poor job, at least as far as I was concerned. (And I would have liked to hear where he was going with that sermon he started.)

    On the other hand, the very different service with a very different altar call on Sunday morning at the local Episcopalian church was wonderful. As was the sermon. (Or possibly homily. Whatever.)

  • txredd

    Gorgeous.  I’m sad that I didn’t see it sooner.  Merry Christmas to all.

    And on earth, peace.