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Merry Christmas!

Post by Rath Darkblade » Wed Dec 20, 2017 6:02 am

Hope you have a wonderful Christmas season, and a fantastic new year to come. :-)

In honour (?) of the season, here is a short song I penned a day or two ago...

(to the tune of "The Twelve Days of Christmas")

The twelve things this Christmas of which I've had enough...
Every shop has Santa,
Acting like I'm happy,*
Crass commercialism,
No one mentions Jesus,
Self-important shoppers,
Bloody Christmas traffic,
Toy of the season,
BLAND CHRISTMAS TUUUUUNES!!!
Over-consumption,
"Twelve Days of Christmas",
Fat spoiled kids,
and advertising for stuff!

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* I don't have kids, so the endless Christmas cheer bores me. It's even worse when I have to be happy all the time, just to fit in. Bleh.

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Re: Merry Christmas!

Post by Jules » Thu Dec 21, 2017 10:39 pm

Haha I'm sure you can find SOMETHING to be happy about! Right, Mr. Grinch?? :D :D :D

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Re: Merry Christmas!

Post by Rath Darkblade » Sat Dec 23, 2017 8:40 am

Meh, Christmas is okay. Since I don't celebrate it, I don't have to worry about buying a tree, buying presents, making a big meal etc. ;)

On the other hand, when I go grocery shopping etc., I have to put up with endless repeats of dreck like "Last Christmas I gave you my heart" by Wham!, or "All I want for Christmas is you" by Mariah Carey. Sheesh! Thousands of years and tens of thousands of songs to choose from, and the shops choose to put those two songs on endless loop. Ugh. (These two are what I mean by "bland Christmas tunes" - compared to these two, even "Jingle Bells" is fine). ;)

As for music... how about Bruckner's gorgeous "Ave Maria", or Rachmaninoff's stunning "Bogoroditse Devo"? Christmas has so much to offer, musically and otherwise, and it makes me sad that, on a daily basis, people have to settle for the lowest common denominator. :(

Oh well... I've lectured enough! Sorry :)

P.S. "Bloody Christmas traffic"...? I tried getting parking this morning, so I could go grocery shopping. I found the last parking space, and was just taking off my seat belt when some angry woman wrenched open the driver's-side door to harangue me about "How dare you take the last parking spot, I was here first" etc. :shock: I was stunned, so I just grabbed the door and slammed it shut - but apparently not hard enough, because she wrenched it open again and kept yelling about how I was so rude, etc. This time, I slammed the door shut and locked all the doors. :shock: Sheesh! I'm sorry you didn't get a parking spot, lady, but that's no reason to start yelling at people. :(

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Re: Merry Christmas!

Post by Tawmis » Sat Dec 23, 2017 11:33 am

Well, for those that do celebrate the holidays - Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays!

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Re: Merry Christmas!

Post by Fender_178 » Sat Dec 23, 2017 3:53 pm

Same to all of Sierra Help forums.
Rath Darkblade wrote:Meh, Christmas is okay. Since I don't celebrate it, I don't have to worry about buying a tree, buying presents, making a big meal etc. ;)

On the other hand, when I go grocery shopping etc., I have to put up with endless repeats of dreck like "Last Christmas I gave you my heart" by Wham!, or "All I want for Christmas is you" by Mariah Carey. Sheesh! Thousands of years and tens of thousands of songs to choose from, and the shops choose to put those two songs on endless loop. Ugh. (These two are what I mean by "bland Christmas tunes" - compared to these two, even "Jingle Bells" is fine). ;)

As for music... how about Bruckner's gorgeous "Ave Maria", or Rachmaninoff's stunning "Bogoroditse Devo"? Christmas has so much to offer, musically and otherwise, and it makes me sad that, on a daily basis, people have to settle for the lowest common denominator. :(

Oh well... I've lectured enough! Sorry :)

P.S. "Bloody Christmas traffic"...? I tried getting parking this morning, so I could go grocery shopping. I found the last parking space, and was just taking off my seat belt when some angry woman wrenched open the driver's-side door to harangue me about "How dare you take the last parking spot, I was here first" etc. :shock: I was stunned, so I just grabbed the door and slammed it shut - but apparently not hard enough, because she wrenched it open again and kept yelling about how I was so rude, etc. This time, I slammed the door shut and locked all the doors. :shock: Sheesh! I'm sorry you didn't get a parking spot, lady, but that's no reason to start yelling at people. :(
It's Ok Christmas is not for everybody. Man that sucks you had to deal with Scrooge type person.
FREEZE SCUM!!

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Re: Merry Christmas!

Post by BBP » Sat Dec 23, 2017 5:33 pm

Rath? You still haven't thrown away your idiot magnet?

Oh boy do I feel your pain about those two songs... in fact about anything with sleigh bells annoys me to no end. But I do very much appreciate some carols, like God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen and the Dutch Midden In De Winternacht. And Holiday Lemmings and the Santa Rockstar series.

Maybe they'll show Home Alone 2 again this Christmas...
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Re: Merry Christmas!

Post by notbobsmith » Sat Dec 23, 2017 5:59 pm

BBP wrote:Rath? You still haven't thrown away your idiot magnet?

Oh boy do I feel your pain about those two songs... in fact about anything with sleigh bells annoys me to no end. But I do very much appreciate some carols, like God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen and the Dutch Midden In De Winternacht. And Holiday Lemmings and the Santa Rockstar series.

Maybe they'll show Home Alone 2 again this Christmas...
Yeah, I really can't stand those two songs either. And it doesn't help that "Last Christmas" has *3* different covers (4 versions total) that get constant airplay. We have a classical music station that plays some nice stuff. "The Nutcracker". Orchestral arrangements of classic carols are always nice. I just heard an orchestral version of the Chipmunk's Christmas song which was surprisingly good. I don't even particularly like the original.

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Re: Merry Christmas!

Post by Rath Darkblade » Sun Dec 24, 2017 12:07 am

BBP wrote:Rath? You still haven't thrown away your idiot magnet?
I've tried. *shrug* Must be the kryptonite in my pocket. Heavy metals attract magnets, y'know. ;)

Seriously, though... my part of Australia seems to be swarming with idiots, particularly around Christmas time. Some of the stories I could tell... :roll: Some of these people are very odd, but harmless. Others, though... yikes! Watch out. :shock:
BBP wrote:Oh boy do I feel your pain about those two songs... in fact about anything with sleigh bells annoys me to no end. But I do very much appreciate some carols, like God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen and the Dutch Midden In De Winternacht. And Holiday Lemmings and the Santa Rockstar series.

Maybe they'll show Home Alone 2 again this Christmas...
I agree. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen is fine. I haven't heard Midden In De Winternacht before... *listens on youtube* Catchy! Heh, I don't know Dutch at all but I can guess that "Christus is geboren" means "Christ is born"? ;)

I'm a little tired of Christmas movies here in Aussieland. For the past few years they figured that they couldn't keep repeating Yes Virginia etc., so they've put Sister Act and Sister Act 2 on endless repeats. All right, they were fine the first couple of times, but sheesh. I'd prefer to watch The Sound of Music again, even if I already know all the words - or perhaps Oliver! (for Ron Moody's performance as Fagin) or My Fair Lady (for Rex Harrison's performance as Prof. Higgins). ;)

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Post by BBP » Sun Dec 24, 2017 7:24 am

Can't say that's my favourite version... it's too slow for a start...
Here's a nice one!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ChJWlOhZIew
I love how the pace of the song changes in the chorus.
You'd be correct about Christus is geboren!
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Post by Semi-Happy Partygoer » Sun Dec 24, 2017 9:43 pm

Merry Christmas everyone! Hope you all have an enjoyable holiday season :)
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Re: Merry Christmas!

Post by Rath Darkblade » Mon Dec 25, 2017 8:20 pm

BBP wrote:Can't say that's my favourite version... it's too slow for a start...
Here's a nice one!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ChJWlOhZIew
I love how the pace of the song changes in the chorus.
You'd be correct about Christus is geboren!
Thanks BBP! That cheered me up and helped me get into the holiday spirit. ;) So...

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