Happy Bah Humbug

…From Scrooge.


Richard Nikoley

I'm Richard Nikoley. Free The Animal began in 2003 and as of 2021, contains 5,000 posts. I blog what I wish...from health, diet, and food to travel and lifestyle; to politics, social antagonism, expat-living location and time independent—while you sleep—income. I celebrate the audacity and hubris to live by your own exclusive authority and take your own chances. Read More


  1. Jason Sandeman on December 11, 2010 at 19:35

    I love it!

  2. Richard on December 11, 2010 at 19:49

    That’s ballsy. Save the trees, man. Save the trees.

    • Richard Nikoley on December 12, 2010 at 07:49

      I am “saving the trees,” as are the others around here whose dollars have motivated the creation and cultivation of dozens and dozens of small mom & pop sustainable and renewable Christmas tree farms here in the Santa Cruz mountains.

      I find that generally, “save the tree” types don’t have a clue what they’re talking about. See the 4th and 5th photos here:

      That’s our vacation home in the Sierras where I have to take out dozens of trees a year just to keep from being overgrown and having a fire hazard. And they grow back like weeds, literally. Cedars? Hell, I’ve got dozens of them and each year, each and every cedar seeds several dozen seedlings.

      Save the trees? Bah, humbug.

  3. Jeff on December 11, 2010 at 20:25

    About 10 years ago I figured out Christmas is really spending money you don’t have, buying people you don’t like, shit they don’t need. Our family quit and we just donate money to help someone who really needs it. I’ve enjoyed the holidays more ever since we quit playing the game, so happy bah humbug back at ‘ya…LOL.

    • Richard Nikoley on December 12, 2010 at 08:00

      Yea, when I do get a gift or give a gift, I always prefer something consumable: a bottle of wine or spirits, movie coupons, iTunes gift cards, starbucks cards, etc.

      What I really don’t like is when someone presumes to know my taste in cloths and gives me some stupid sweater, or some trinket I’m supposed to put on display somewhere. Those go too Good Will straight away.

  4. Nigel Kinbrum on December 12, 2010 at 03:17

    MEH! 😀

  5. Victoria on December 12, 2010 at 04:29

    All the local ‘cut your own’ guys look at us like we’re crazy when we show up with our bow saw. “But we have a chainsaw to cut it down for you?”

  6. Trish on December 12, 2010 at 05:05

    One of my dad’s all time favorite movies is the fifties version of “A Christmas Carol” with Alastair Sims. As a result my siblings and I are huge fans of “bah humbug” and collect everything we can find with that phrase on it. You’d be amazed how much stuff there is …

  7. Robb Dodd on December 12, 2010 at 09:33

    It’s spelled, “Scrooge.”

  8. Kevin Hughes on December 12, 2010 at 10:44


    A little off topic…You look 10 years younger than you did 3 years ago. Good work!

    • Nathaniel on December 12, 2010 at 14:40

      Agreed, Richard is looking in great shape!

    • Emily Deans MD on December 12, 2010 at 15:52

      I was thinking his face is starting to look quite lean. Merry Christmas.

  9. Jonathan on December 13, 2010 at 06:43

    Ok. Have to ask…
    If you’re such a strong atheist, why, even in the least, celebrate a holiday for Christ’s birth? Or is that a Kwanzaa tree?

    • Richard Nikoley on December 13, 2010 at 07:26

      It’s all only taking part in family traditions and such. Put another way it’s all about the symbols in themselves taken as literally fun objects, nothing about what they’re supposed to symbolize.

      Besides, I have no idea what a tree, flying reindeer and a fat man in a red suit has to do with Christ anyway.

    • Jonathan on December 13, 2010 at 08:03

      Santa used to be Christian but is mostly now a way to get kids to behave for a few hours. The tree is handed down Christian tradition. I’ll let you check Wikipedia.
      Why not put up a menorah and wear a kippah with Grok figure on it?

    • Richard Nikoley on December 13, 2010 at 08:18

      “menorah and wear a kippah with Grok figure on it?”

      Those aren’t the traditions I grew up with. If I had, I just might. But I might go ahead and put a Nativity scene on the kippah just for the fun of it. 🙂

  10. Donna on December 13, 2010 at 10:29

    Looking good! Great Christmas card picture too. (I know, I know….just sayin’)

  11. DajM on December 13, 2010 at 16:44

    Santa is not real. Jesus is not real. god is not real. Move on…

    • Richard Nikoley on December 13, 2010 at 17:09

      I’ve always referred to Santa as God Lite.

      Plus, he’s a lot more fun and only comes around once per year. I think I can handle it.

    • AJP on December 14, 2010 at 04:57

      Uh, Jesus most certainly existed. You might not believe in his connection to GOD, but he is historically real.

    • DajM on December 14, 2010 at 08:09

      Actually, no he is not. People always throw that around as if it is a fact. But there is actually no historical proof that Jesus ever existed. It is more likely he is a composite character of many different people. Where is the historic proof? References, please…

  12. Dave, RN on December 16, 2010 at 13:15

    You can start here.

    Reporting on Emperor Nero’s decision to blame the Christians for the fire that had destroyed Rome in A.D. 64, the Roman historian Tacitus wrote:
    “Nero fastened the guilt . . . on a class hated for their abominations, called Christians by the populace. Christus (latin for “Christ”), from whom the name had its origin, suffered the extreme penalty during the reign of Tiberius at the hands of . . . Pontius Pilatus, and a most mischievous superstition, thus checked for the moment, again broke out not only in Judaea, the first source of the evil, but even in Rome. . . ”

    Not complimentary, but there it is nonetheless

    Then there’s the writings of:
    Pliny the Younger
    The Babylonian Talmud

    That should get a curious person started…

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