Have you ever stopped to wonder how it is that the whole world loves Christmas?
Christmas is perhaps the whole world’s first global holiday. Americans may not be aware, but even when I lived in Japan from 1984-89, they had commercialized the delight of it already. Today, here in Thailand? They’ve been playing Christmas songs in their equivalents of Walmart, Target, and Costco since mid November. I want to hate it but it’s rather remarkable and slightly touching. Thai people see that you’re farang and wish you meawy cwismaa. Bless their hearts.
Here you have a 90%+ Buddhist country, which has nothing to do with an afterlife but rather, how you actually live your life here, under the justice of Karma. They have innumerable Buddhist holidays throughout a year, but none are big deals, really. They aren’t commercialized. There’s something to buy, for sure, but to do that, you have to pay a visit to your local temple to show your respects.
Are we over that “Happy Holidays” bullshit, yet?
Wasn’t that ironic? Here you have people celebrating the naissance of the son of their triune Godhead, who’s Jesus Christ, and they’re walking on eggshells and afraid to wish happy birthday—for fear of offending non believers who are nonetheless celebrating it too, as a “festive season.”
How about “Happy Hypocrisy?”
I digress, as usual.
How It’s Going For Kris Kringle In Covid Hysteria Totalitarian Germany…
…I’m often asked, are you going back for the holidays, chez toi? Well, the thing for me is that when I was 23 years old, ensign in the US Navy who’d recently taken up residence in Japan, I did my first Christmas all alone. About 10 of my 60 Christmases in my life have had not a family member in sight. I went to the homes of other families once in Japan, once in France, and while I’m touched and grateful for those invites, they were not with my family with our own ways of doing Christmas.
I’d rather just sit them out alone. It’s OK.
I’ve got two videos for you to enjoy as you secure your own personal downtime during these next few days.
I’ve picked well and the first is not overly political or so much current events, while the 2nd has zero of that. Both are intended for a measure of relax and enjoy.
The Babylon Bee interviews Elon Musk and it’s a lot of smarts and laughs.
The second one just came in this morning and I could not stop watching. Then again, I kinda have aviation in my blood. To frame this, it’s about a photographer of all those pictures of airplanes in flight that make you go wow. He was a still photographer and ten or so years ago, reluctantly started doing video pieces.
You never knew it was he behind the scenes brining it. Had you taken note of what goes into that photography for your wonder, he would have not been doing his job as well as he did it.
May your 2022 be unfucked.