Monday, December 24, 2007

HOLIDAY WISHES

HAPPY HOLIDAYS to all, whether you celebrate Christmas or not! Whatever you call the holiday season, this time of year has always been about family and friends. Reconnecting, sharing, finding an inner peacefulness ... it's all good.

And after seeing the mall parking lots full of cars & stores full of people not looking too happy today, I surely hope everyone has completed their holiday shopping. The Culture of Consumerism is alive and well in America!!!

My favorite Christmas poem/song/wish:

I heard the bells on Christmas Day
Their old familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet the words repeat
Of peace on Earth, good will to men!

------by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Click here to read the complete poem. It's not all sweetness and light. Written during the civil war, there are two stanzas usually omitted from the familiar holiday song that are particularly dismal, but sadly applicable to our current global excursions. Expect more on that subject next year.

OK, now you know I can't leave it that way, not for Christmas Eve. I'm not that cruel! I had too much fun with this Three Little Pigs & Big Bad Wolf vid (1.5 minutes). The look on the reindeers' faces at the end is priceless. I think Santa's sleigh must've landed on the big bad wolfie, which just goes to show ... Santa is not Dick Cheney.

10 comments:

Anon-Paranoid said...

D.K.Raed...
For you and yours...

Just wanted to wish you a Joyous Holiday Season.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

God Bless.

Fran said...

dk~ Happy Holidays to you. Kudos for finding a *unique* holiday story I was not familiar with.

TomCat said...

Ho! Ho!! Ho!!! SantaCat wishes you all a purrrfect Christmas.

Next year, please leave catnip with the milk and cookies. :-)

Cartledge said...

Peace to the world, and you. Thanks d.k.

Anon-Paranoid said...

And to think that I once memorized that poem. That was many, many years ago.

Another one I liked was The Wreck of The Hesperus. I think I spelled it right.

God Bless.

D.K. Raed said...

THANKS FOR THE CHRISTMAS WISHES, ALL!!! Hope yours were wonderful, too. Right now it's 39-degrees, no sun & the dogs are demanding their walk. grrrr, we'll see how they act once we get going ... if I can see at all through my winter scarf wrapped around my face like a ski mask, that is.

Anony-P: Geo Harrison used a line about The Hesperus in one of his songs, but I've never read the Longfellow poem. Here's his line:
"I’m not the wreck of the hesperus
Feel more like the wall of china
Getting old as methuselah
Feel tall as the eiffel tower"

Nona said...

Happy holidays (belatedly).

I hope you've had a wonderful Christmas.

Pursey Tuttweiler said...

I hope you re-connected with all of your friends and family. Peace to you and yours and best wishes for a wonderful 2008.

enigma4ever said...

Happy Christmas....and may the holidays be quiet and peaceful for you....I am so sorry about Bhutto today...I know that was unsettling...I think all of us have been waiting for something to happen...it was in the air....I loved the post below about the dolls and it was nice to see you and the Sisters...take care and best to you and Mr Wisdom....namaste...

D.K. Raed said...

Thanks, Nona, Pursey & Enigma, it was a good xmas! Me & Mr. Wisdom (he will LOVE that moniker, Enigma) were still basking in the holiday glow ... until today's news of Bhutto's murder. I'm still feeling my way through that.