Mimey has started the ball rolling on AND THEN WHAT HAPPENED in the wake of her NaNoWriMo victory. Do check it out. It's open involvement at the moment. There are six two-sentence pairs; three from each of us; and you can jump on any one of them should the mood strike you.
So it's December. I am, in fact, a fan of the month. Of course it is in fact fraught with Christmas shopping and the marketing blitz attatched to that, and of course the War On Christmas. I know I've touched upon the War before. I basically have two things to say.
One, To the uber-Christian cavemen who sneer when people say "Happy Holidays" instead of "Merry Christmas": Fuck you. This holiday was around before you applied your savior to it and Jesus wasn't born in December. And are you really that much of a miserable jackass that you'd be against someone who wanted to include other people celebrating other holidays in the greeting?
To the grenadiers in the War On Christmas: Fuck you too if you try and harsh this season. Yeah you're right on a lot of points and commercialization is bullshit, but who wins if everyone who doesn't buy into it has a shitty time? Humankind has had celebrations of one kind or another at this time throughout a huge chunk of recorded history. So if you don't want to join in fine. An I have no qualms with you taking shots at frivolity, but seriously you need to grab an eggnog and brandy and chill the fuck out.
This is also the time that Christmas music plays on the radio.
The Christmas music that plays on the radio, in general, sucks ass. My goal this year is not to have to listen once to "Dominic the Donkey" or "I want a(n) [I forget which animal goes here] for Christmas," or any other fucking stupid song that circulates. For the record, Nat King Cole's "The Christmas Song" does not belong on that list; I'll happily listen to it at least a few times in the month but it does have a nasty tendency to get overplayed.
And I fucking love Carol of the Bells
Even the traditional songs that aren't necessarily bad get butchered on the air by cheesy performances. Ray Charles, Louis Armstrong, and BB King are good bets though.
So basically, you won't find me blasting teh radio much this month.
I guess I could have just said that.