I'm not going to blog about my favorite Christmas Eve or favorite Christmas because (a) I have done that in the past and (b) everyone in my family pretends to like it. They're like 'loved the post.' Then a year or two later, 'You know, Mike, I really went all out in ___ and it just seems like you might have remembered that. I am your father/brother/grandfather/uncle/aunt.' I have one aunt that's said that. All the other relatives have been male.
But, yeah, you pick a favorite and someone gets their feelings hurt.
It's not like I remember everything, by the way. I'm picking at random from what stands out. And, yes, I have had a lot of great Christmases. But some people have really had their feelings hurt and that was never my intent.
Now I'm a father and this is exciting and I can understand how I work hard to make it a good Christmas and I could easily get my feelings hurt. (No offense, but if that happens, I hope I have the maturity to keep it to myself. Yes, Dad, brothers, grandfather, uncles and aunt, I just blogged that!)
Because what tomorrow's going to mean to her is going to be so different than what it means to me. She's going to know what's under the tree. She's not going to care how it got there (because Santa brought it! Just like she asked him too!). And on my end, I'm going to remember one gift required me going to six different stores (three Toys R Us) before I could find it.
So I do understand that there are differences of framework and all of that.
And let me wish everyone a Merry Christmas if you're celebrating.
Okay, last night Isaiah's The World Today Just Nuts "Barry O's Favorite Topic" went up:
The Drone War. Isaiah's comics are always good and I always love them but I'm really thrilled that he's decided to tackle the Drone War. He has one or two more planned.
Okay, Catholic Online has a report that I found really interesting:
Hugh Jones of the University of Hertfordshire says he and his colleagues have discovered no less than five planets orbiting Tau Ceti, a star which is just 12 light-years away.
Tau Ceti is a sun-like star in the constellation Cetus, (the whale) and can been seen with the naked eye. What's more is astronomers studying the light from the star have detected five planets orbiting it. One of those is within the star's Goldilocks zone, a band of space around the star where liquid water could possibly exist.
That's pretty cool.
I went there looking for something Christmasy though. I found it at CNN. Laura Galloway explains:
Millions of people know Clement Clarke Moore's poem "The Night Before Christmas," written in New York in 1822 and believed to describe Santa's mode of transportation, a reindeer-driven sleigh, for the first time. But Santa's reindeer have a story and a history all of their own, one tied to the oldest indigenous culture in Northern Europe and accelerated by an American entrepreneur whose principal intention was not delighting children around the world, but creating an appetite for what he hoped would become a mealtime staple as ubiquitous as beef.
For thousands of years here in the snowy Arctic of northern Norway, reindeer have been a symbol and a way of life for the Sami, Northern Europe's oldest surviving indigenous people, spanning parts of Norway, Finland, Sweden and the Kola Peninsula of Russia, in an area that is known as Sapmi. (They are also called Laplanders.) About 10 percent of Samis still herd, with the bulk of the reindeer population found in Kautokeino and Karasjok, Norway, where even today the reindeer are herded up into the mountains for the long winter and brought down again in spring.
So they wanted you to eat Rudolph? I think I'll leave that out of the story I tell my daughter! :D
Third was a great edition. I mean in terms of time but in terms of quality as well. Along with Dallas, the following worked on the edition:
The Third Estate Sunday Review's Ava,
Rebecca of Sex and Politics and Screeds and Attitude,
Betty of Thomas Friedman Is a Great Man,
C.I. of The Common Ills and The Third Estate Sunday Review,
Kat of Kat's Korner (of The Common Ills),
Mike of Mikey Likes It!,
Elaine of Like Maria Said Paz),
Cedric of Cedric's Big Mix,
Ruth of Ruth's Report,
Wally of The Daily Jot,
Trina of Trina's Kitchen,
Marcia of SICKOFITRDLZ,
Stan of Oh Boy It Never Ends,
Isaiah of The World Today Just Nuts,
and Ann of Ann's Mega Dub.
And this was what we came up with:
- Truest statement of the week
- Truest statement of the week II
- A note to our readers
- Editorial: Nouri's Crazy Runs Free
- Media: The allure of Bash The Bitch
- Super sale on The Bionic Woman at Amazon
- Can't do their jobs, so they blame a film
- Nouri uses the military to bully journalists
- Song of 2012
- Judd The Sexist (Marcia, Ann, Ava and C.I.)
- Murray fights for Veterans Dignified Burials
- Bradley Manning Person of the Year (WW)
When Ava and C.I. are in charge of the edition, there isn't any "let's work 20 and 24 hours in a row!" They stopped us at the eight hour mark and then they typed up everything in two hours (I typed the Highlights) and that was it. We were done. We all got sleep. It was great. :D
That's not me ragging on Jim. Jim's editions are fun and we talk about a thousand things. But that talk about a thousand things tends to mean that we end up focused on everything but the writing and it takes forever.
Here's C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"