‘Holidays’ Archive

Christmas Greetings December 24, 2010 1 Comment

A Happy Incarnation, Jesus’ Birthday, and Solstice to all my readers.  And a more prosperous New Year than, for most of us, the last one. – Howard Ahmanson

Prudes at Dinner, Gluttons in Bed March 2, 2010 2 Comments

Apropos of my post more than a month ago on New Year’s Resolutions (attached to refresh your memory) I just found a column by George Will on a similar theme. It seems to me that the words “sin” and “sinful” occur in modern secular prose most often next to the words “chocolate” or “Las Vegas.” […]

New Years Resolutions, Neuroscience, and What We Calvinists Knew All Along January 1, 2010 1 Comment

Greetings, beloved fans, and welcome to the decade of the teens, and farewell to the decade of the “aughts.”  Some of you are no doubt thinking about New Years’ resolutions.  For some of you your resolutions, no doubt, have to do with issues of morals and manners, but for many of you they may have […]

Why They Sometimes Call New Year’s Eve “Sylvester” 1 Comment

WHY THEY SOMETIMES CALL NEW YEAR’S EVE “SYLVESTER” If you go to a New Year’s Eve dinner or party in a continental European country – and for all I know, probably in Mexico and Latin America as well (I’ve never done New Year’s in Mexico) you’ll find it’s probably called Sylvester or San Silvestro or […]

Happy Holidays and What They Really Are December 22, 2009 2 Comments

The so-called Christmas holidays are really a rather complex thing – they are three different holidays happening simultaneously. WINTER SOLSTICE.  This is certainly the first and oldest of the reasons to celebrate at this time of the year.  Of course, for a Christian, the coming of Christ is more important, but historically, there was a […]

Lights in the Store Window December 13, 2009 No Comments

The lights in the store window look white, unfortunately, in this picture.  But they are actually a sort of light blue.  I know from being there at this time of year that the British love these light blue Christmas lights and put them up everywhere.  It looks like the fashion may be about to spread […]