Tag Archives: Holidays

What’s December Without Christmas Eve?

24 Dec

I’m munching a candy cane as I write this, and although the peppermint stickiness of my fingers is trying to tell me this brand of multitasking is a bad idea, I have to say something to everyone.

Merry –


I can’t do this until you’re feeling the Christmas spirit.

And you know what that means.

Everyone knows what that means.

It’s time for some seasonal goodies.

Whether that means a musical Doctor Who Christmas,

A present from the BBC straight to the Sherlockians (THANK YOU BBC),

A Balloonshop Christmas with all the joys of the holiday season,

Or whether you just still don’t know the lyrics to “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen.”

Whether you’re set up to have a white Christmas, a green Christmas, or some sort of in-between grey Christmas, I wish you the very merriest. I know well that Christmas spirit has a way of being uncharacteristically elusive at times, but I still hope it manages to find you and your loved ones well.

I would love to help, if I can. Let me build you a fire and put on some music.

Merry Christmas.

I hope it is full of joy, song, and Christmas cheer. I hope no one plays “Christmas Shoes” or forces you to watch some horrendous “classic” Christmas movie. I hope you eat whatever you like. I hope you answer the phone with, “Buddy the Elf, what’s your favorite color?” Most of all, I hope and pray that you are very, very blessed on the day of our Savior’s birth.

Now, I get it – at this point in December, it’s entirely possible that you have found yourself torn between the careful, yet ambiguous “Happy Holidays” wishers and the people who punch you in the face and aggressively wish you the Christiest Christmas that ever did Christ.

You definitely can’t please everyone, not even [especially not] at “the most wonderful time of year.” However, the angels in Luke 2:10 proclaimed that they had good news of great joy for all the people when they announced Jesus’ birth. All the people. Impressive. There are few things that are really universal, but love is one of them, and Christmas is about love. Plain and simple. 1st John 4:8 says “God is love.” John 3:16 says “God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son.”

Jesus Christ, the baby wrapped in swaddling clothes, is the embodiment of God’s love for us. It only makes sense then that the preferred form of Christmas celebration is, in fact, love (followed closely by singing loud for all to hear). Now, by no means should love be a seasonal affair, but the fact remains that it is often treated that way, brought out and dusted off just for special occasions. What if this Christmas could be the time when the love starts to stick?

Love isn’t about a feeling, after all, it can stay long after Christmas spirit has been boxed up for twelve more months.

Christmas is about love, but, really, so is everything else.

Shall we celebrate?

[Note for the Whovians: in case you were about to ask – yes, tears can be a relevant way to show love. I’m sure I’ll be there. But of course, as we bid farewell to our adored Eleventh Doctor on Christmas day, we remember: same software, different case. Merry Christmas, everyone.]

A Very Merry Un-Birthday

6 Jul

Today, July 6th, 2013,  marks the half-birthday of my blog.

She is officially six months old now. According to WebMD, my little bundle of text has learned how to communicate, is beginning to fear strangers, and now enjoys the sound of her own voice.

She’s just like her mummy!

Right about now is when I would usually type out the condescending comment that the grown-up part of my brain has to say to the rest of me, but after re-reading that last sentence, I think it’s giving me the silent treatment.

But back to the topic at hand.

Since I refuse to be the only one celebrating today, I would like to inform you that today is not only Freak of Fandom’s half birthday, it is also the birthday of Ned Beatty, the man who voiced the mean magenta teddy bear in Toy Story 3. Today is my un-birthday as well, and quite likely yours too, unless it is your birthday (happy birthday, you!). Today is National Fried Chicken Day. And, oh hey, it’s National Kissing Day.


But those are not nearly all the reasons you have to celebrate today. A saying I hear quite a lot is,

“Any day above ground is a good one.”

Now, I understand that this is referring to any day that you are alive, but I feel it is discriminatory against spelunkers and ground squirrels, so I tend to prefer the far more wordy one,

“Any day when your body is performing the necessary involuntary functions to keep you alive, regardless of your physical location, is a good one.”

You haven’t heard it? Well, it’s a thing.

If you’re reading this, I’m going to assume you’re alive. Congratulations! You’re breathing, you have the opportunity to do amazing things, and you are important. If that’s not a reason to celebrate, I don’t know what is.

And if you are, in fact, not alive, then it’s really quite impressive that you’re reading this. You can celebrate too. I won’t judge.

In closing, I would like to thank everyone for putting up with me for six whole months! It’s been fun (for me).

Now go be magnificent.