Friday, December 14, 2012

Christmas Fun Facts!




This is another in the seemingly endless series of re-runs I foist upon you each December. The reason for the riptide of warmed-over Yuletide pieces isn't because I think everything I've ever written concerning Christmas or Christmastime activities is amazingly good. While I certainly get my id fluffed by the annual response to some of them, even an egomaniac like me realizes that they aren't all gems. Basically, I just like taking most of the month off. In this instance, however, not only am I being as much of a slug-a-bed as I have a tendency to be, I'm not even re-running something of my own.

The following bit of brilliance comes from the pen of my swell pal, Cricket. He really is amazing. Not only is he a fantastic writer, but he's also a tremendous whimsical cartoonist. In addition, he plays a mean guitar. All of these things I envy greatly. I mean, sure, I write, I play bass, I draw (a check each week) but I think he outshines me in every one of those endeavors. I'm seriously considering having him bumped off.

In the meantime, check this out. Click to enlarge, of course.




This cartoon is especially meaningful to me and MY WIFE. We've been exchanging gifts on Epiphany (or 'Little Christmas', as it's known in some circles - January 6th) for many years now. It really is a way to make the whole season a bit less stressful, allowing us to concentrate our December 25th energies toward making other folk's celebrations brighter and more meaningful, while not shortchanging our own spiritual enjoyment. You might like to give some thought to doing something similar. As Cricket notes, it's a decent blow to strike for making the holiday of Christmas less of a greedfest and more of what it may need to be for your pleasure to be maximized.

Anyway, I love this cartoon. And you should go visit the artist NOW. His words are, if anything, even better. You'll want to read them while there's still time to do so. Once he figures out how to put some of his guitar playing on the web, I'll be viciously jealous and sending out the hitmen to do him in.

Soon, with more stuff.

15 comments:

Buck Pennington said...

Most excellent and one of my faves in yer re-run portfolio.

Jeni said...

Another of your so-called "Re-runs" but one that I don't recall having seen before. Doesn't mean you didn't repost it, just shows the truth about my own senility factors! Great piece, for sure though!

lime said...

it's a great cartoon with a smart sentiment. i like the idea of waiting until epiphany. haven't done so yet but one of these years i may try to convince the folks closest to me.

Craig said...

Heh-heh-heh. . . don't tell the retailers. . .

For several years, we've, uh, taken advantage of the Twelve Days to get our annual Christmas letters out, 'cuz Advent (alas) is just too busy-fied. . .

Matt Conlon said...

You know, I completely forgot "id" was a word. Took me a few to realize you weren't getting your Identification fluffed.

Hilary said...

Thanks to your introduction a few years back, I've been a big fan of Cricket's writing. So don't do him in too soon. Now that Porcupine guy is another story...

Jackie said...

Please, don't bump him off...this world needs talent like his.
You both are talented writers, and I thank you for sharing your writing and his.
Hugs,
J.

Daryl said...

i like this and since we don't do any real exchange of gifts at Hanukkah or Christmas .. Epiphany might be the way to go ...

Uncle Skip, said...

I'll second those comments

Kat said...

That's an awesome cartoon. Love it!

Also, was trying to donate over at My Camo Kids and couldn't because she already met her goal. Then I saw your post. You rock. Well done. :) Spreading Christmas Spirit everywhere, aren't we? ;) Hugs all around!!!

messymimi said...

Yes! The original date for exchanging gifts was either St. Nicholas Day, December 6, or Epiphany, or St. Lucia's Day, or...

We need to spread our celebrations out and make it all more meaningful.

Stephen Hayes said...

Re really have a wealth of repeatable material. I love this.

Barbara said...

Thanks for the reminder. I think Tom and I should start this, especially since we're empty nesters!

Lowandslow said...

Love it! Excellent. Thanks. :)

S

sandyland said...

cool cartoon I did a pencil drawing of events at Christmas 2 great minds airs tomorrow hahah many blessings as always