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07 December 2005


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Well, if you ask me, both sides are nuts. Yesterday, a school here in Georgia dismantled the Christmas tree and set out a "giving counter" to keep the politically correct morons happy.

I don't know one person of another faith who doesn't call a Christmas tree a Christmas tree. WHAT is the big deal? It IS a Christmas tree!


My partner and I have remedied the issue by attaching no religious significance whatsoever to the word "Christmas". She's Jewish, we have a Christmas tree, and it's all about Santa and snowmen and the North Pole. We have successfully taken the Christ (and *all* religion) out of Christmas, but can't figure out any other way to spell it so current spelling will do.


I totally understand your remedy, Leigh-Ann, so don't take this as a criticism, but Christmas is a religious day even though it's state-recognized and hardly recognizeable as such in the rush to spend money you don't have in order to spoil rotten kids more rotten, get things you don't need, give gifts of obligation to people you don't even much like, eat too much and then, worn out, to get snockered.

Christian or otherwise, we can take it back and observe a holy day in the way we choose, but we can't help getting caught up in the month long craziness that leads up to it, horrible traffic and bad tempers being just a couple of the joys. No wonder many of us feel as if we're crashing from a sugar high afterward.

It's a retail bonanza for sure. Makes me wonder what it would be like if we all suddenly rebelled and chose to turn our backs on Madison Avenue to remember the heart and meaning of our differing creeds.


I don't really understand all the complaints I've seen on blogs about things like craziness, traffic, tempers, etc. I find this time of year absolutely peaceful, and I don't know why others can't do the same. Do your shopping online! There's much more variety than in brick and mortar stores, you can save money using coupons (free shipping, etc.), and someone brings it all to your door. Anyone with a computer, Internet access, and a debit card can do all their shopping online and never see that dreaded traffic, crowds, tempers, etc. Most places even offer gift wrapping, so if you need to mail gifts, you don't have to re-wrap and then re-ship. I think many of the people who complain about shopping just like to complain, as there are easy alternatives for anyone living in US, at least.

We've been doing 90% of all our shopping online for the past 5 years. We even have our groceries delivered so we can usually avoid the grocery store. We fill up our gas tank about once a month.


Well, I envy you. I live in a big city and I drive to work where I deal with the public all day. If you're protected from all that, you're indeed lucky but I'm surprised that you don't take into account that most other people aren't as fortunate.

As for shopping online, lots of people, particularly the elderly, don't even have computers. Of those who do, many are leery of giving out information on credit cards online. It really isn't always as simple as you think to have an "absolutely peaceful" Christmas.


Gil, I also live in a big city, but I'm self-employed and work from home. The people I've seen complaining about not having a "peaceful" holiday season are all bloggers, so I know they have Internet access. I wasn't speaking of the elderly, just the complaining bloggers, which I thought I'd indicated in the first sentence of my comment. I also specifically referred to "Anyone with a computer, Internet access, and a debit card", which I'm told is approx. 73% of the population (that's from a 2004 survey).

As for credit card fraud, I think that's entirely blown out of proportion. There was just a story in the Las Vegas newspaper which said that credit card fraud is much *less* likely to occur online, and much more likely to happen when you give your credit card to an actual person. It has never happened to us, ever.

All I'm saying is that there are ways to avoid the problems. You have to drive to work, but there's no reason you need to drive to a store to shop unless you make the personal choice. If you do that, I don't think you should complain, as other options do exist. I've yet to see one complaining blogger acknowledge "other options", other than to say they refuse to shop at all.

Ellen Brunot

Dear Christie,
A friend in Sonoma sent me a copy of your newspaper Fetch," 3 legs and a spare".
She recognized your picture even though she last saw you in the early 80's. She remembered your mother's antique shop on Polk
and the summer I clerked it.

I was saddened to hear of your recent loss of Raven.
I had a deerhound , Halley, in the early 90's, who was a spectacularly sweet and magical canine. My partner Hermina and I just lost our old mutt Emily and we're down to one rescue Ridgeback named Buddy.
I'm so impressed by your blog!
You always were a wonderful writer, and I'm so glad you kept up with it. Last I heard you had a salon in SF.
I'm still doing theatre, as a stage manager but gave up on film. I was so bored doing commercials as a script supervisor.
I now teach in South Central Los Angeles at an Options school AKA continuation high school. It's challenging. It's the least boring job I've ever had. I love it.
Hope this finds you well. I loved the Dicken's quote. Merry Christmas, Happy Chanuka, Gut Yule, Solstice etc..
Ellen Brunot

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