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(Des Moines Register)   Explaining long-standing Christmas traditions, from mistletoe to spiked eggnog   (desmoinesregister.com) divider line 14
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2013-12-25 08:59:38 PM  
"We kiss beneath it to remember what Baldur's wife and mother forgot," writes biologist Rob Dunn in Smithsonian Magazine.

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2013-12-25 09:06:43 PM  
How come none of those originated in Bethlehem?
 
2013-12-25 09:06:58 PM  
Short answer: It's all about sex, death, fire, and was stolen from Pagans

/Where's my grant?

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2013-12-25 09:12:37 PM  

Brainsick: stolen from Pagans


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2013-12-25 09:13:18 PM  
Your mistletoe is no match for my TOW missile!
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2013-12-25 09:40:10 PM  
What about getting drunk and peeing behind the Christmas tree? Can you explain that tradition for me, subby? Well?

/wait, whaddya mean it's not a tradition?
 
2013-12-25 09:46:24 PM  
Don't have to be Christmas but in mi familia, the "tradition" is me an my cousins hitting the bar after we're loaded up on Tom & Jerry's with copious amounts of brandy. Good thing we only get to that every couple years or so. Our livers aren't getting any younger. But it's worth it.
 
2013-12-25 09:55:53 PM  
I Know, but it's crazzzy day chrismas
 
2013-12-25 10:44:23 PM  
*Grabs popcorn*

Saturnalia is a biatch of a holiday. It's a shame they renamed I Christmas.
 
2013-12-25 11:58:16 PM  
Can I get a Cliff's notes about the in-laws complaining about the crab and tenderloin dinner we hosted while they and their ungrateful hell-spawn break shiat around our house and refuse to bus a plate, cup, or napkin. Not a single thanks but plenty of complaints about the value of the gifts we gave? Cherry on the shiat sandwich? Sister-in-Law who was supposed to bring apps showed up with a couple of sealed GFS boxes, thanks for the work. Same one who 'volunteered' to host Thanksgiving then talked my wife into having us come up early so we could cook turkey, ham, and sides. But that's okay, she bought some pre-made rolls.
 
2013-12-26 12:39:58 AM  

NathanAllen: Can I get a Cliff's notes about the in-laws complaining about the crab and tenderloin dinner we hosted while they and their ungrateful hell-spawn break shiat around our house and refuse to bus a plate, cup, or napkin. Not a single thanks but plenty of complaints about the value of the gifts we gave? Cherry on the shiat sandwich? Sister-in-Law who was supposed to bring apps showed up with a couple of sealed GFS boxes, thanks for the work. Same one who 'volunteered' to host Thanksgiving then talked my wife into having us come up early so we could cook turkey, ham, and sides. But that's okay, she bought some pre-made rolls.


Damn!  I know it's horrible for you, but it makes me appreciate the family I couldn't be with this year even more.
Here's to you having a happier New Year.
 
2013-12-26 07:11:39 AM  

NathanAllen: Can I get a Cliff's notes about the in-laws complaining about the crab and tenderloin dinner we hosted while they and their ungrateful hell-spawn break shiat around our house and refuse to bus a plate, cup, or napkin. Not a single thanks but plenty of complaints about the value of the gifts we gave? Cherry on the shiat sandwich? Sister-in-Law who was supposed to bring apps showed up with a couple of sealed GFS boxes, thanks for the work. Same one who 'volunteered' to host Thanksgiving then talked my wife into having us come up early so we could cook turkey, ham, and sides. But that's okay, she bought some pre-made rolls.


Honestly, dude, the only thing in there that would get my goat is the absence of thanks. Family or not, they're your guests, they shouldn't be bussing shiat.

If you have a certain standard for food people are bringing you gotta make that crystal clear. In our house, GFS/Aldi/Costco *is* Christmas.

This year was mini quiches and mini cinnamon rolls for breakfast, pretzel dogs for lunch, mini beef Wellington and potato skins for dinner and the GFS assortment pack of mini desserts.

/Chinese delivery for Christmas Eve, of course
 
2013-12-26 07:20:23 AM  

macross87: *Grabs popcorn*

Saturnalia is a biatch of a holiday. It's a shame they renamed I Christmas.


This is a really popular meme this year (yours is the third post in this thread alone) but it leaves me a bit perplexed on a few counts:

* You're not just learning this are you? I learned about Yule and the origins of the holiday in Catholic school the '80s

* No one, even the hyper religious, disagrees with the facts

* As I just posted in another thread, even accepting that Christian Christmas as we know it dates from the Middle Ages, that still makes it the second oldest holiday tradition we as a culture observe (next to Christian Easter). Even New Year's Day is younger, let alone MLK Jr Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Halloween and Thanksgiving.
 
2013-12-26 12:24:49 PM  

ryarger: macross87: *Grabs popcorn*

Saturnalia is a biatch of a holiday. It's a shame they renamed I Christmas.

This is a really popular meme this year (yours is the third post in this thread alone) but it leaves me a bit perplexed on a few counts:

* You're not just learning this are you? I learned about Yule and the origins of the holiday in Catholic school the '80s

* No one, even the hyper religious, disagrees with the facts

* As I just posted in another thread, even accepting that Christian Christmas as we know it dates from the Middle Ages, that still makes it the second oldest holiday tradition we as a culture observe (next to Christian Easter). Even New Year's Day is younger, let alone MLK Jr Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Halloween and Thanksgiving.


What I don't get about this is why everybody's jumping on the Saturnalia bandwagon. Yule is where most of the American Christmas traditions came from, like roast pig, evergreen trees, mistletoe, reindeer, and eggnog. It's also a whole lot niftier of a holiday. Saturnalia's big deal was overeating and letting your slaves be the masters for a day. Yule had week-long bonfires, huge barbecues, and orgies. Early Christmas was the worst - listen to a priest for six hours.
 
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