Start of Holiday Season: blog becomes less frequent and more festive


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Morning Blog.  With the holidays coming up (I bet many people are taking Monday off too and getting ready to travel), I’m sure you have better things to do than read socially-conscious stuff on a blog.  Eat, drink, and be merry, and I’ll do the same (in more moderation; I’m already fat).  I’ll try not to do daily updates, and will put up more amusing, off-topic, stuff between Xmas and New Years.  Enjoy yourselves and we’ll get back to business in January.  Happy holidays, everyone!  Arudou Debito (stuck in Sapporo; Hokkaido economics don’t help one get out for Xmas)

3 comments on “Start of Holiday Season: blog becomes less frequent and more festive

  • Lucky you, your university allows you a Christmas break.
    Not so lucky here…Being called for extra classes at Xmas eve, or being accused of ignoring my research because of some holiday my country celebrates, but not Japan, was something common until this year. Well, I graduated in October, and hoped we with my hubby could visit my family for Xmas. No way, he must be in his company (he is foreigner too) until 27th.
    Here is Japan, I know, but as far as I know both in Europe and in US/Canada people from different nationalities are allowed to celebrate their biggest holidays.

  • What exactly are we celebrating during these holidays? Thousands of years of religious inspired mass murder? Rampant capitalist consumer madness? The vast waste of rapidly dwindling resources?
    Outside of a few lucky nations the misery won’t stop{even for a week} and the struggle for survival continues.
    When the world celebrates entering a new age of sanity I’ll join in the party but I can’t see it happening for some time.

    — And I thought I got down over the holidays…

    No, these holidays are a chance to try (note, try) to wish for peace on earth and goodwill towards all. It is a chance to take a holiday from cynicism, from pessimism, from the scads of reasons for thinking ill about life and the world, and just for once a year, even if only for a day, to dare to raise a feeling of hope that humankind can actually be nice to one another and work towards making things better. Maybe a wan hope, but it’s worth a try, and you’re going to find more people in the Western tradition willing to work towards that, I bet, than at any other time of the year. Don’t want to participate, that’s your prerogative. But please don’t try to spoil it for the rest of us. Is my suggestion. Get festive. When else can you participate in this kind of potentially positive mass hysteria?


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