The Honorable Harry Reid. {Day CXXIX}

On the Fifth Day of Christmas in The Year of Our Lord 2021, at the tender age of 8️⃣2️⃣ the Honorable United States Senator Harry Mason Reid Jr. from “The Silver State” of Nevada passed away to meet The Lord.

From 1987 until 2017 Harry Reid served as a United States Senator from Nevada, and was the Senate majority leader from 2005 until 2017.

During the past three years we have lost a host of brillant leaders from a bygone era. Leaders who could work together and get legislation through during challenging times. There was something about being a member of the United States Senate, that august body, that made it possible to make the government work, no matter what letter the person had beside his or her name.

Happy Fifth Day of Christmas {Day CXXVIII}

There is a symbolism beyond the “Twelve Days of Christmas,” novelty song that is know so well among the raft of holiday tunes that are played each year during the month of December on the radio.  The “Five Days of Christmas” in The Christian Tradition is the “First Five Books of the Old Testament,” also known as “The Pentateuch.”

“Penta” comes from the Greek meaning “five.”  Pentagon, pentathlon, and Pentecost all derive from this word meaning “five.”

The song “The Twelve Days of Christmas” has one of the first music videos of the modern era called “On the Twelth Day,” filmed in 1955.  It is a classic twenty minute short, filmed in Technicolor, which shows in all brilliance the gifts that a suitor brings to his True Love.

Happy Fourth Day of Christmas {Day CXXVII}

I wrote about the traditions that Christianity borrowed, noting that just as nature has four “seasons,” there are “seasons” in the Christian calendar. 

Winter seems to be the “bleakest” season on the calendar in the Northern Hemisphere.  During the winter the sun only shines for nine and a half hours, while the sun shines in the summer in the Northern Hemisphere for over fifteen hours.  Winter is the coldest season, with temperatures falling below freezing during many days, even when the sun is shining.   Climate change and global warming are doing their part to mitigate the extreme low winter temperatures.

People can find joy in the bleakest of times. Christmas festivities and gift giving are part of this tradition to get through the bleak cold winter months.

Happy Third Day of Christmas {Day CXXVI}

Christianity borrows from so many other traditions, to be sure. One of the “traditions,” that Christianity borrows from is nature itself.  As nature, give us “seasons” of “four seasons” of summer, autumn, winter, and spring,”  The Christian tradition is replete with various seasons as well such as “Lent,” “Pentecost,” “Ordinary Time,” “Easter,” and of course, “Christmas” which the Christian calendar is currently in right now.

While nature’s four seasons are fixed to the sun’s aperture relative to the Earth’s hemispheres and tropics, Christianity’s seasons correspond to the phases of the moon in the spring, and are fixed to the Gregorian calander for fall and winter feasts and preparatory days.

Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany are always “fixed dates,” while Lent, Easter, and Pentecost are the “movable feasts.”

Happy Second Day of Christmas {Day CXXV}

[Unless there is compelling breaking news to “pre-empt” my plan, I will post my reflections on Christmas every day of the Christmas Tide, which is approximately a fortnite.]

Christmas seems to be the most popular holiday in the United States, and possibly around the world. While “Christianity” certainly has capitalized on this winter celebration, other institutions, such as the the economic forces of mercantilism and capitalism have their “hands in the golden Christmas pot.”

During this “Yuletide Fortnite” I will explore the how these institutions capitalize on Christmas, and the orgins of the Christmas tale, from the birth of Jesus, to the trimming of the Christmas Tree, to the unabashed frenzy of buying and giving gifts, and holiday parties, replete with eating, drinking and singing.

Merry Christmas 🎄🎄🎅🎅🎄🎅 {Day CXXIV}

Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good nite❗❗❗ (And “Good Day,” if that “strikes your fancy” as well.)

I have many ideas for this blog adventure, and I will elucidate these ideas sometime in the upcoming year. But right now, let me say a few words about the annual feast that the world celebrates, called Christmas. As with my other posts, I only have a limited amount of words to communicate. But with each passing day, I add one more word to each post. So for the next twelve days I will opine about my thoughts about Christmas… And the upcoming new year of course. Maybe reflect a little bit about the past year, and what to expect for the year 2022.

  Christmas Eve {Day CXXIII}

This post is not exactly Christmas related…  but possibly.   In a “normal” year I would write many posts about many things.  But this hasn’t been a “normal” year.  It hasn’t been a “normal” few years.  It’s not just the “political junkies” that are noticing things are not right. Our democracy is on the brink of being completely fractured, and a virus continues to rage and effect the global economy, our culture, our way of life.

But maybe Christmas is designed to take our attention away from the grim serious news and make us reflect on the year, and spread a little joy in a fallen world.

So, rise up signing: “Joy to the World, the Lord has come. Let Earth Recieve Her King.”

Winter Solstice {Day CXXII}

Yesterday we just had the winter solstice in the Northern Hemisphere. (I imagine this would be the summer solstice in the Southern Hemisphere, as the seasons are identified by the climate, so “winter” = “cold and dark,” and “summer” would be marked by “warm and light.”)

And now “the waiting” begins… Waiting for things to warm up… But first we have to wait for the cold to settle in. Then in April spring will have “sprung,” and we can enjoy sunsets that start circa 6:00 pm.

Right now winter has officially set in, in the northern climes. While it’s not my favorite time of year, I have “cold comfort” to know that “we’re all in the same boat,” and “this too shall pass.”

Is Trump Smart❓{Day CXXI }

I ask this question in a genuine manner, becuase the prevailing consensus from a whole bunch of educated thoughtful people is that former United States President Donald J. Trump is not “smart” concerning so many matters.  But, like it or not, Trump, you, and I have some things in common.  We are all human beings.  And as a member of the human brethern, we do have strengths and weaknesses, to be sure. It’s not that Trump is stupid or smart.  It’s more like his stupidity and smartness is amplified in a way that outshines any of a mere mortal’s assets and liabilities so much more.  To coin a well worn phrase, Trump’s outlandish and boorish personality is much larger than life.

  Trump’s SAT {Day CXX } 

The Stanford Achievement Test, also known as the “SAT” is one of two standardized tests know as “college entrance exams,” that are administered in the United States by educators to most college bound high school students. Like most other high school students with college aspirations, I sweated out “the test,” and dragged myself into my high school to take “the test.”  It was a harrowing experience to be sure.

In theory, the test supposedly “measures” aptitude in mathematics and language skills.  It is a timed test, and it is really “high pressure rite of passage” for any student who has asperations .

It is unheard of, unprecedented, and wrong to have someone else take a college entrace exam in your place.