Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas, Happy Kwanzaa and Happy Holidays!

godblessuseveryoneby Leigh Bravo12/21/16
There! I said it and I mean it! I wish everyone a happy experience this Holiday season regardless of your beliefs. The United States is a place that celebrates the freedom of each individual to practice his or her own religious beliefs. So, since it is the season, I am doing just that! Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas, Happy Kwanzaa and Happy Holidays to everyone out there!

What do I want for Christmas? I am wishing that the United States and all its citizens can come together and begin to heal the damage and the divisiveness we have all experienced the past several years. It is time for family to reconnect, friends to re-establish connections, and the world to come together and recognize that we have some work to do. We must all come support our new President and pray for the United States of America.

Many have blamed Russian intervention as the reason for the landslide electoral college win by Donald Trump. However, I would like to offer a different scenario. Divine Intervention.  We rallied, we screamed from the rooftops, we prayed for change and we got it.

Far more than what divides us, this election has revealed what unites us. I have never seen such solidarity between evangelicals and Catholics, Pentecostals, charismatics and Baptists. We were brought together with a mutual love for our country and through a mutual faith in God. The election started the conversation but what will come from these new and renewed relationships will have far more impact than anything that could be realized through the election of any politician. We aren’t ending this season so much entering a new one, ready to love the world together to a degree greater than we ever could alone.”Pastor Paula White of New Destiny Christian Center

“We can and we must continue the fight to reconcile Billy Graham’s message of righteousness with Dr Martin Luther King’s march for justice. The moment we, as Christian voters, are co-opted by any given political party or ideology, we lose our legitimacy to speak truth to power. Looking ahead, now is the time to rise up as the Body of Christ and as an independent voice that holds political leaders on both sides of the aisle accountable to policies that don’t aim left or right, but toward righteousness and justice, for all.” — Hispanic evangelical leader Samuel Rodriguez

“We have joined in prayers and watched with keen interest the US elections, it is now over and one person Donald Trump is elected. The parties may be different but the overriding interest is the nation of America. America has a God-given place in the history and affairs of the world.” — Ben Kwashi, Archbishop of Jos in the Anglican Church of Nigeria

“Now is the time for America to bind the wounds of division, we have to get together. To all Republicans and Democrats and Independents across this nation, I say it is time for us to come together as one united people.

It is time. I pledge to every citizen of our land that I will be the president for all Americans, and this is so important to me. For those who have chosen not to support me in the past, of which there were a few people, I’m reaching out to you for your guidance and your help so that we can work together and unify our great country.

Working together, we will begin the urgent task of rebuilding our nation and renewing the American dream. … I’ve gotten to know our country so well. Tremendous potential. It is going to be a beautiful thing. Every single American will have the opportunity to realize his or her fullest potential.

The forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer.” — President Elect Donald Trump

As we look toward 2017 and beyond, I wish you all a very Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa and Happy Holidays…..and may God bless us every one!


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45 Responses to Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas, Happy Kwanzaa and Happy Holidays!

  1. Timothy Lane says:

    And I wish the same to you, and to everybody else here. It will be busy for me because I’m moving from my house to an extended-stay hotel tomorrow and don’t know yet if I’ll get any help (and it will be very exhausting without it). Then I go to Lexington to see Elizabeth for Christmas, and come back Tuesday bringing her back. (This is weather permitting, but the prognostications are very favorable.)

    • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

      Have a very Merry Christmas, Timothy, and my best to Elizabeth. We will all muddle through somehow. May you, I, and the rest here enjoy a comforting and meaningful muddle.

    • Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

      Merry Christmas and good luck, Tim.

      • Timothy Lane says:

        It looks like I’ll have the necessary assistance in moving, though the clean-up after I get there may be another matter. I’ll probably do a posting tomorrow to report how it went.

        And, again, merry Christmas to you and the others.

  2. Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

    I have a cold, cold heart. I do not wish to split the differences and unify with those who envision a utopian totalitarian socialist paradise. I do not not wish to split the difference with Muslims and wallpaper over their deadly disagreements with civil society. I do not want to wish atheists a happy “Winter Festival.” Instead, I’d like them to change and transform their corrosive and cynical attitudes.

    But I certainly wish all and sundry health, peace, wisdom, and the love of family and friends this Christmas and Hanukkah season. Aside from Hanukkah, Jesus is the reason for the season. Although I have my doubts, I’d prefer clarity on this matter. And I must admit, I’m impressed by Trump’s speech writer but wonder what lies in that man’s heart.

    Signed,

    Ebenezer

    • Stuart Whitman Stuart Whitman says:

      I agree that we have learned that we can’t compromise or cooperate with the enemies of individual liberty. They are disingenuous, dishonest and have no intention of letting others live in peace. But we can kill em with kindness, tough love, forgiveness and prayers of hope. And by example show them the joy of God’s grace. Better days are ahead Ebenezor. Follow the light.

  3. Stuart Whitman Stuart Whitman says:

    I like the sentiment Leigh. But what we need isn’t to come together and heal as much as respect our differences. As I commented in “Fixing the Hole in the Boat” it’s thinking of our country as one fixable, controllable, cohesive unit is the problem. Those that are destroying our country see it as such and work hard to maintain this illusion. The answers become apparent when you break it down and see it the way it is. And your level of optimism is directly related to your ability to do so. As I like to say, our Constitution is for people who fundamentally disagree. What I wish, and perhaps a major point of the election, is that our rights, perspectives, and ideas will be ignored no more. There is right and wrong. To borrow a phrase, it’s a time for choosing, not time to ask why we can’t all get along. But Happy Holidays none the less.

    • Timothy Lane says:

      One of the ironies of those who think of the country as one big unit and its people as identical cogs in the machinery of the omnipotent State (aka Barry’s Behemoth) is that they’re the loudest talkers about diversity. But they only care about diversity in superficial differences such as skin color.

    • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

      it’s a time for choosing, not time to ask why we can’t all get along.

      I agree. I choose Christendom, not Islam or Marxist-infused-secularism.

      I choose liberty over socialism.

      I choose free speech over safe spaces.

      I choose the vibrance of a truly diverse culture (which still shares some bedrock principles) over what “unity” typically means these days…the rubbing out of any views that are not politically correct.

      I have no specific ill will for Muslims, atheists, Wicans, or those who hold to the fake and separatist-motivated holiday of “Kwanzaa.” But I do think there are better things to do than belong to an evil religion, to make faux “rationality” one’s god, to elevate feminism to a religion or to engage in mass-marketed baloney such as Kwanza.

      Merry Christmas to my Christian brothers and sisters. Happy Hanukkah to our Jewish (the real ones, not the fake “social justice” ones) brothers and sisters. These few are the ones keeping the flame of a sane, good, and freer way of life. I don’t want unity. I want the best. I don’t want to substitute someone else’s baloney and water down the good in the name of some ill-defined cause such as “unity.”

  4. Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

    I was watching The Drama Olympics (aka “the evening news”) tonight. It had a story about holiday road rage. Apparently there was a shooting incident recently in Portland, Oregon in which a man shot into a car containing a couple of children. One child’s foot was grazed by the bullet, but I don’t think the injury was serious.

    And apparently not long ago a child back east was killed in an apparent incident of road rage.

    Diagnosis: Not enough Jesus. Vague strivings for “unity” aren’t going to do jack squat for what ails us.

    Dennis Prager has a thought-experiment that he often uses on atheists and secular types — and most can’t help but be disingenuous in their answer. But the thought experiment goes like this: If you were walking alone down the street of a city at night and you saw five young males come out of a doorway and proceed in your general direction, would you feel better or worse knowing that they had just come from a bible study?

    We don’t need “unity.” We need reformed individuals. And I include myself…something about taking the plank out of one’s own eye. I want to become a better person, and thanks to the inspiration and example of several people here, perhaps I have become just a little better.

    We need peace on earth, good will toward man. And that is not something one will gain from watching Oprah (figuratively speaking…I have no idea if she is still on the air). Nor will it comes from airy longings for kumbaya “Can’t we all just get along?” I get along just find. But there are many people who don’t want to reciprocate. They need to change, not me, for the most part.

    For we in the West, it is long past time that we don confidence in our own values and principles again, step up to the plate, and ask that others abide by these principles. We need peace, not stoked-up grievance in a political and social culture whose trinity is: racism, homophobia, and sexism.

    God bless us everyone. Indeed. And that is “God” from whom we need blessing, not Paul Krugman or the other minions of discontent and division. Let them unify under something other than grievance.

    • Timothy Lane says:

      Mark Steyn has some interesting news on the Tunisian immigrant sought for the Christmas market bombing in Germany. Basically, they knew he was a serious threat and refused him asylum — but decided to let him stay anyway. The link is:

      http://www.steynonline.com/7642/mopping-up-operation

      • Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

        Yes, I read this in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung this afternoon. It also mentioned “he had long been in the focus of officials”

        I believe a turning point is coming to Europe. Not everyone is sufficiently fed-up to start rebelling, but enough people are reaching a boiling point and will stop putting up with this destruction of the West. The elites don’t care, but over the last year there have been well over a thousand reported cases of sexual molestation by Muslim types in Germany. On one night alone, something close to a thousand females were abused in one way or another.

        It is interesting that Tunisia appears to be a major breeding ground for these types, i.e. violent terrorists. But other Middle Eastern and African countries are also well represented.

      • David Ray says:

        Reminds me of how the FBI vetted the Tzarnev brothers, and what followed.
        Of course that jug-eared clown assured us that the FBI had done their job. (Remember that B. Hussein considers incompitent fuck-ups a “job well done”.)

        • Timothy Lane says:

          Under the Black God, it’s clear that national security has concentrated on his political opposition, not jihadists. Hence the failure to get the Tsarnaevs and others who advertised their intentions on social media.

      • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

        Wow. Just when you think Murkel (sic) and European Leftists couldn’t be any more self-destructive and politically narcissistic.

        It is the official policy of StubbornThings (but believe as you wish) that Islam is completely incompatible with Western Civilization (heck, even Leftist Civilization), much like a virus in incompatible with a healthy body.

        As I was telling Mr. Kung the other day, touching on his “When will they wake up?” pondering, it’s perhaps one thing to sheeple oneself into accepting a man pissing in the next stall in the ladies room. It may be quite another when the guy is a threat to your very life.

        Even so, the “religion of peace” propaganda is now well entrenched in the West. People have been convinced that to believe otherwise is the gateway drug to “intolerance,” “hate,” and “divisiveness.” And it’s one thing to have your neighbor’s toddler be blown into bits or squashed under the wheels of a Jihadist truck while holiday shopping. But it is the worst possible fate in the culture to be thought a “hater.”

  5. Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

    There is a fair amount of dis-unity in the most culturally homogeneous societies. But one will never find unity is a society which has intentionally been Balkanized by the political class in general and Left in particular.

    Cultural norms are handed down from generation to generation and for the peace of a community, a dominant norm must prevail.

    Pluralism is all very good, if a pluralistic society shares a goodly number of beliefs, traditions and cultural and political institutions.

    Otherwise, one ends up with a Tower of Babel, and the readers of this blog must know how that story ended.

    I am happy to agree with those who agree with me and leave those who don’t alone, as long as they don’t try to change my country or culture. Then I will strongly disagree with them.

    As an aside, the only time the people of the USA have come close to being united is during war, and even then there has been strong disagreement among us. More importantly, it is during wars that our civil liberties have been most reduced. I guess that is a way of getting us all to unite.

  6. Rosalys says:

    I won’t ever wish anyone a happy kwanzaa. Kwanzaa is an entirely made up thing (I refuse to even qualify it as a holiday,) and not very creatively so as it borrows heavily from Jewish tradition. I think the only people who “celebrate” kwanzaa are a few leftists. Most blacks celebrate Christmas.

    I won’t ever wish anyone a happy ramadan either, because that’s supposedly when Allah (a.k.a. Satan) revealed the Koran. Islam being the great curse that it is upon the world, what’s to celebrate?

    When I was a kid, “happy holidays” meant both merry Christmas and happy new year (and probably included Hanukkah) so I don’t get upset over it, but it isn’t my preference.

    And so, I wish one and all a very joyous Christmas. Next week I’ll be wishin’ y’all a happy and prosperous new year!

    • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

      I have nothing to add to that, Rosalys, but

      Merry Christmas!!!

      (But do enjoy the fake holidays as you see fit.)

      • Gibblet says:

        Merry Christmas Roasalys. Merry Christmas Brad. Merry Christmas Everyone!

        • Rosalys says:

          Merry Christmas Gibblet.

        • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

          Merry Christmas Brad.

          Merry Christmas, Brad? That will just not do, Gibblet. That is too concise. It is not in my Holiday Merriment DNA to be non-verbose, despite having recently read about a guy who escaped his depression by putting aside (for one month) his seven different online personality profiles (Facebook, Twitter, etc.,) (oh…the stress of maintaining apparently 30,000 “followers”…one wonders if Jesus had this trouble too).

          And besides being too brief, I find your “Merry Christmas” to be a near perfect example of micro-aggression. It’s common knowledge that some are very un-merry around this time of year…quite possibly because Christmas Merriment is such a harsh yardstick (candy-cane stick?) against which to measure one’s jolliness.

          One could perhaps say “Have a nice Christmas,” but still that doesn’t account for those who are a little down in the mouth around this time of year. “Nice” might still be a bar too high. It would be much safer, and far more sensitive, to say “Have a Christmas,” for jolly or unjolly, we will all have that (except, perhaps, for the Idiot Prince Charles).

          Of course, there is one exception. There is one song you may sing without offending anyone (whose feelings count…yours and mine do not count, by the way):

          Have yourself a merry little Christmas,
Make the Yule-tide gay

          I’m a little disappointed in Frank. But no one is perfect. So Have a Christmas. We’ll muddle through somehow.

          • Timothy Lane says:

            There’s the haunting beginning to my theme song, “I Am a Rock”: “A winter’s day in a deep and dark December. I am alone.” As a friend pointed out, winter begins only shortly before Christmas, so this is about someone who is all alone at Christmas. And the ending of the song makes it clear that, no matter how much he tells himself otherwise, he really isn’t happy about it.

            • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

              While taking part in the ritual of Kids Meeting and Sometimes Being Terrified by Santa Claus, it occurred to me (while marking a trail through Macy’s to get to The Red Throne — wow…what a lot of stuff and what a lot of hot chicks and what a yuge store) how easily it is to feel small during the Yuletide. I mean, it’s just so much stuff. All the windows full. All the counters stocked. And all the people chasing St. Commercialism.

              Now, don’t get me wrong. Giving presents is a fine thing. But do you suppose that a great deal of the depression that occurs around this time of year is because our hearts can in no way, even in the best of times, be buffed to such a shiny gold and silver as we see all around us? It doesn’t help that there is the shallow essence of commercialism combined with a whole lot of people whistling past the checkstand, trying to get that spirit by roasting the credit card over an open swipe machine. It can be so much falseness combined with crassness.

              I’m not cynical about it though. In many ways, I love the spectacle. I’m sure the Roman Coliseum was a spectacle. Same thing at Yuletide and the mall but without the blood. It’s just such a show.

              But, Jesus…and I mean that literally. Aren’t many of us looking for some meaning in all this, whether alone or together? Can we find it in presents? A little, maybe. But I think the only way to escape the gloom and the hyper-commercialism is to light a tiny white candle and give some amber warmth to the little mustard seed of something better that lurks in all of us. Merry Christmas, Timothy.

              • Timothy Lane says:

                Of course, the idea of the presents (at least for adults) is supposed to be the giving, not the receiving.

          • Gibblet says:

            Have a very Merry Christmas Brad. I wish you and yours all the best, now and forever! With sugar on top.

            • Gibblet says:

              And furthermore, Brad, if you can’t have a Merry Christmas, please by all means, muddle through as best you can. But do have it. And many more… Just sayin.

              • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

                The once was a guy, a fuddler
                Whose goal was that of a muddler
                The silver and gold
                Became common and dull
                But with an old book, a cuddler

                Okay, that was half-fast, but I think a little bit of the Christmas Spirit bled into it. Have a Christmas, Gibblet!

    • Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

      Rosalys,

      Clearly you have not gotten into the spirit of the season. I mean, why wouldn’t you celebrate a fake holiday invented in the late 1960’s by the person (a leftist racist separatist felon) covered in the below link?

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maulana_Karenga

      After you have read the piece, I am sure you will agree that Mr. Everett, I mean the self-proclaimed Maulana Karenga, is just full of good intentions toward all mankind.

      I beg you to rethink your position.

      • Timothy Lane says:

        Ann Coulter reprints every year the article in which she analyzed the origins and political theology of Kwanza.

        • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

          Yikes. I read that. If that information is at all accurate, you definitely don’t want to have anything to do with Kwanzaa…unless, of course, one is just caving to the redefinition of “evil” as “good” because if you don’t, you’re being “divisive,” if not outright racist. We should not cave to this stuff.

  7. Gibblet says:

    Christmas limericks
    and red striped candy sticks
    fill our hearts with holiday joy

    Have a cup of hot chocolate
    with whipped cream on top of it
    as the kids unwrap the next toy

    Once the gifts have been sifted
    a soft prayer is lifted
    on wings for Heaven’s small boy

    And peace fills our souls
    as the midnight bell tolls
    for the homeward-bound Christmas convoy

  8. Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

    Here’s a funny and real story. I’m currently doing a small job for a Jehovah Witness. He’s a great guy and I have nothing bad to say about the cult. But I committed a faux pas when I wished him a “Merry Christmas” when he was leaving my office this afternoon. He just gave me a blank stare and didn’t say anything.

    One of the very difficult things to do is to keep a dynamic and creative balance between holding to doctrine (political, religious, or whatever) and not going around with your butt cheeks clenched too tightly. As conservatives, we understand the concept of the thin end of the wedge, of the camel sticking his nose under the tent, etc.

    So at which point we call BS on this stuff and say “Lighten up, Francis” is not, and cannot be, written in stone. But even if the Bible does not explicitly say to celebrate the birth of Christ, I don’t believe it says not to. And, yes, the Catholic Church apparently made use of old pagan holidays as a way to draw people toward Christianity. People were, for all intents and purposes, already having a “winter festival,” so why not appropriate it for Christ?

    I see no harm in buying presents, hanging tinsel and stockings, and even going a little overboard with it. We just shouldn’t make idols of them…nor make idols of our “specialness” for supposedly holding ass-cheeks firmly to the supposed letter of the law and missing the spirit.

    I urge one and all to get out there and so something different. If possible, do something for someone else instead of putting more debt on the credit card. Cherish the children. Cherish each other. Cherish this world. Cherish love. But, heck, do enjoy the eggnog, do enjoy the ham or turkey, do enjoy the candies and cakes and presents. This world cannot be just a dour training ground for The True Believers who show us how damn true they are because of how dour they are. The world is also an exposition, a grand act of creativity by the Creator.

    My best friend when I was growing up was a Jehovah’s Witness and I know more than most about the religion. My friend would look with understandable envy at all the lights, colors, smells, tastes, and sounds of the Christmas season. One year his mother let him have a small Christmas tree in his room. That was special. And, if memory serves, that was never repeated.

    It is not being a pagan to love life, be light, and to love a little celebration. God is a pagan, if the truth be known. He invented wine. He invented women. He invented sex. It’s what we do with these things that counts. Do we enjoy them (perhaps even let loose a bit during certain prescribed times…a very old Catholic tradition regarding many things) or do we fuss over them and think we are being disloyal to the Creator because we decorated one of his finest creations (the evergreen tree)?

    You know my answer. But all and everyone have a Merry Christmas of the kind and style that suits you and suits the occasion. And that’s a loophole you can drive a gallon of spiked eggnog through.

    • Timothy Lane says:

      My mother flirted with joining the Jehovah’s Witnesses after my father’s death, but in the end remained an Episcopalian. I did learn a little about them, mostly their handling of creation. (Because of the Biblical reference to one day for God being equal to a thousand years on Earth, they think creation took 6000 days, presumably ending around 4000 BC.) They also don’t believe in Hell, arguing (again from a Bible verse) that those not saved have their souls obliterated.

      And a Merry Christmas to you, and all.

      • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

        To each his own, but I find JW’s to be a bit severe. But I’ve yet to meet one who wasn’t a peaceful, polite, and productive human being. Although I would never join this sect, they are our culture’s opposite, if you will, to the transgender queers parading down pink street. Either opposite is severe but one less destructive.

        Still, there is a stifling aspect to JW that to me is just gratuitously oppressive.

  9. Timothy Lane says:

    Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and Season’s Greetings to one and all!

    • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

      Have a blessed Christmas Mr. Parsley, Mr. Sage, Mr. Rosemary, and Mr. Thyme. Oh? That is not what you meant by “Season’s Greetings”? 😀

      Have a Merry Christmas, Timothy.

  10. Timothy Lane says:

    Our holiday season hasn’t been a good one, though we did our best to make sure we had a merry Christmas and happy New Year. I left our house on December 22, checking in at Candlewood Suites (an extended-stay hotel). Two days later I went to Lexington to join up with Elizabeth in a local Extended Stay America hotel that unfortunately was built on a hill, necessitating a lot of climbing of stairs. It was made worse by the fact that our phone went out on Christmas, and was never repaired before we left two days later with my luggage and about half of Elizabeth’s. We had learned that her follow-up appointment for her cataract surgery was December 29, not 27 (which she had gotten the impression it was). Lacking a phone, we couldn’t get any assistance, and I had to use her wheelchair as a cart. We then went back to Candlewood, and got all that moved in (they did have a cart available).

    We returned two days later to Lexington and picked up the rest of her stuff, skipping the doctor’s visit because we didn’t find out until too late that we could get some sort of assistance there. But after we got back, we were told we had to vacate by the end of the year due to the smell (Elizabeth has to use adult diapers, which was probably the cause). We suspect a strong element of snobbishness. This was simply impossible — so they extended it a bit.

    It turned out they extended it only to today, so we hastily had to find an alternative and get help moving from a friend of Elizabeth’s (who had helped me move in to Candlewood). We still have a good bit of stuff there, which will probably have to go into storage.

    • Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

      Sorry to hear your troubles with moving. I hope you will be able to find a suitable abode for both Elizabeth and yourself very soon.

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