Christians and Pagans

This classic popped up on my MerryHoHoShuffle whilst writing notes to fly around the world in this dark time. It’ll grow lighter soon. We hope.

Particularly this year, with all that’s going on in the world…a funny song about commonality found within a broken family seems more hopeful than ever.

So mote it be, eh?

DAR WILLIAMS

The Christians & The Pagans

Amber called her uncle

Said, “We’re up here for the holiday

Jane and I were having solstice

Now we need a place to stay”
And her Christ-loving uncle

Watched his wife hang Mary on a tree

He watched his son hang candy canes

All made with red dye number three
He told his niece, “It’s Christmas eve

I know our life is not your style”

She said, “Christmas is like solstice

And we miss you and it’s been awhile”
So the Christians and the pagans

Sat together at the table

Finding faith and common ground

The best that they were able
And just before the meal was served

Hands were held and prayers were said

Sending hope for peace on earth

To all their Gods and Goddesses
DAR WILLIAMS

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Amber called her uncle

Said, “We’re up here for the holiday

Jane and I were having solstice

Now we need a place to stay”
And her Christ-loving uncle

Watched his wife hang Mary on a tree

He watched his son hang candy canes

All made with red dye number three
He told his niece, “It’s Christmas eve

I know our life is not your style”

She said, “Christmas is like solstice

And we miss you and it’s been awhile”
So the Christians and the pagans

Sat together at the table

Finding faith and common ground

The best that they were able
And just before the meal was served

Hands were held and prayers were said

Sending hope for peace on earth

To all their Gods and Goddesses
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The food was great, the tree plugged in

The meal had gone without a hitch

Till Timmy turned to Amber and said

“Is it true that you’re a witch?”
His mom jumped up and said

“The pies are burning,” and she hit the kitchen

And it was Jane who spoke, she said

“It’s true, because she’s not a Christian”
“But we love trees, we love the snow

The friends we have, the world we share

And you find magic from your God

And we find magic everywhere”
So the Christians and the pagans

Sat together at the table

Finding faith and common ground

The best that they were able
And where does magic come from?

I think magic’s in the learning

‘Cause now when Christians sit with pagans

Only pumpkin pies are burning
When Amber tried to do the dishes

Her aunt said, “Really no, don’t bother”

Amber’s uncle saw how Amber looked like

Tim and like her father
He thought about his brother

How they hadn’t spoken in a year

He thought he’d call him up and say

“It’s Christmas and your daughter’s here”
He thought of fathers, sons and brothers

Saw his own son tug his sleeve, saying

“Can I be a pagan?” dad said

“We’ll discuss it when they leave”
So the Christians and the pagans

Sat together at the table

Finding faith and common ground

The best that they were able
Lighting trees in darkness

Learning new ways from the old

And making sense of history

And drawing warmth out of the cold

belated drinking, I mean bday gift!

MY kind of bday:

The Extended Remix!

  
And there was me, not having had a drop of liquor today. -yet

It’s STILL party time; bday, full moon, Halloween and Day of the Dead rolling towards Thanksgiving (US) and Baby Bejeebers’ bday (observed).

There’s a lot to celebrate, this life!

THANKS!!!

9+ weeks til the 1st of the 12 Days of Christmas and counting

And I’m 6 wrapped prezzies into it. Feeling a bit shite for not having more done but I’m aware that I tend to be a bit ahead of most.

  
I like to have all shopping (minus perishables) done by 25 October, my bday and 2 months precisely before Baby Bejeebers’ (observed).

While that may sound odd, growing up so far away from civilisation and without a great deal of means, it was helpful to a) get ‘er done and b) spread out the expenses.

I have more wrapping but loathe it. I like to shop. I like to give but wrapping? No. Stoopid wrapping. 

As you can see, I treasure wrapping in reused brown paper. I do like ribbons. These are courtesy my mate Marty’s –well, before the cops shot him to death on his front lawn Dead Auntie. She passed and he had me sift through whatever I wanted to take away, which is a good mate. Remember that. I will.

how very of me

-part of removing all your belongings is when you put things back, you see things 

This was  ‘1/2 day’ (we’d knock off midday to go to the office Xmas Party but I always brought to work: booze, frivolity and a big smile–passing them out to coworkers throughout the morning. After that, the hooligans would go to a titty bar.

As a bonus for close-lookers, the reflection shows my tshirt, as I take this, with a pent. -HAR! Believing in everything with a solid foundation in Science saves bother.

Anyhoozles, I was aged 35 here. That’s about the last good year at that company. The next year, they made 100 humans redundant for Thanksgiving (good timing: long weekend meaning less chance of violent retribution) and then a month later, once the Xmas productions had shipped, they made another 50 humans redundant for Xmas break (again, handy timing).

We still partied but it was never the same. My 20 weeks’ unemployment is over this week. Paid in for 29 years, only drawing this year. Hard times aren’t so new to the Ozarks.

Good times aren’t either! Just as mammy always said:

We didn’t have anything, so we made our own fun.