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Good Morning All,
Merry Christmas to all, or just “have a great day/night”. I’m 46 and it’s been amazing to me watching how Christmas as celebrated in North America, England, and continental Europe has infiltrated non-Christian countries. In Japan, they eat fried chicken – thank you Col. Sanders – and I’ve seen great non-Christian celebrations in Singapore and Hong Kong.
Really, they celebrate gift-giving, lights, good food, friends and family, in a civic festival context. This is good – there’s a certain non-religious aspect of Christmas that is truly the reason for the season for so many, captured well during an opening to a Christmas Doctor Who special a few years back (“well done, you can make it through the dark, etc.”). Which reminds me – are you as pumped for the female Doctor’s debut? I wish my mother had lived to see it, for she watched the original broadcasts in London when she was young, and remained a lifelong fan. Like so many things, I owe my love of something amazing to her having blazed a path.
So I wish you all some joy and happiness to you and yours on this Christmas day, and may the rest of this year be merry.
With that, I will not be sharing pictures today, but two offbeat movie recommendations. The first one’s a fun Finnish Christmas movie, so long as you don’t mind seeing lots – and I mean LOTS – of naked old men with saggy balls. Don’t let that turn you off – this is a really great movie.
The next one isn’t a Christmas movie – really anti-Christian in a way – yet it’s a similar modern European exploration of myths and legends set in winter mountains. I find this kind of exploration of myth and legend so completely fulfilling, like great reinventions of ghost stories. I’d recommend seeing them with English subtitles, especially with Trollhunter – Norwegian just sounds so nice to the ear.
Very silly vampire movie, with more instances of the word “fuck” than any movie known. If you need to bust a stitch laughing your ass off and don’t mind profanity, this is a great escape. Enjoy!
And with that, Merry Christmas to all. I’ll have pictures and more normal content tomorrow!