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It’s That Time Of Year

You are running out of time if you want to make a traditional English Christmas pudding. They require aging for the flavors to blend and ripen. Remember, when in doubt, add more brandy. Whether you add it to the pudding or yourself is entirely your call.

The annual bogus “War on Christmas” has started. It was launched by the wingnuts over a plan by tree growers to have a marketing campaign for the industry, like the beef and pork producers have. The growers were going to pay for the program by a 15¢ assessment on every tree sold by members.

The wingers claimed that Zero was imposing a tax on Christmas trees, so the Department of Agriculture is apparently backing away from the program. In Winger World it is fine for corporations to buy Congresscritters, but small farmers can’t band together to buy ads for their products.

Not to burst anyone’s bubble, but the traditional meaning of the ‘fir tree’ in Teutonic culture is a closer fit with Easter that Christmas, as part of the ritual to encourage the sun to return during the Winter Solstice. The fly agaric tree ornaments date from the original purpose of the tree.


1 jams o donnell { 11.14.11 at 2:51 pm }

We have similar crap here. Every year some gimlet eyed right winger wil get steam blowing from their ears over the PC Brigade replacing Xmas with Winterval.

It stems from Birmingham Council branding a series of winter events from Guy Fawkes Night through Diwali, through to New Year. Christmas was the centre piece of course. This was in the 90s and the myth still gets trotted out year after bloody year.

Heaven forfend that these maniacs could do something useful with their tume…

2 Bryan { 11.14.11 at 10:06 pm }

They run around complaining about people saying ‘Happy Holidays’, instead of ‘Merry Christmas’, not understanding that if you are in business you don’t want to annoy anyone, and ‘Holidays’ covers the gamut of possibilities. Let’s face it, most ‘Christmas traditions’ have absolutely nothing to do with the central event of the celebration or Christianity – they were swiped from various ‘pagan’ rituals as was the timing of the event. It’s a Solstice celebration, and the sooner people accept it, the happier they will be.

3 hipparchia { 11.16.11 at 8:09 pm }

can i have just the brandy custard? without the pudding?

4 Bryan { 11.16.11 at 9:55 pm }

If you add enough brandy, the pudding is overkill.