Merry Christmas, MeFi! December 24, 2007 9:49 PM   Subscribe

MERRY CHRISTMAS to all who celebrate it, and Happy Holidays to everyone. Best wishes for the New Year, and wherever you are, please enjoy the season with your family and friends.
posted by yhbc to MetaFilter-Related at 9:49 PM (93 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

Aw. Right back atcha, commish.
posted by cortex (staff) at 9:52 PM on December 24, 2007


By the way, it's Christmas (at least where I am). Have a good one!
posted by yhbc at 9:52 PM on December 24, 2007


Moo!
posted by cowbellemoo at 9:54 PM on December 24, 2007


Yay! Merry Christmas everyone, whether you like it or not! Ho ho ho, damnit!
posted by CitrusFreak12 at 9:56 PM on December 24, 2007


Happy Festivus!
posted by special-k at 10:00 PM on December 24, 2007


Happy Chakakhan!
posted by dhammond at 10:00 PM on December 24, 2007


Io! Saturnalia!
posted by Balisong at 10:05 PM on December 24, 2007


Happy Christmas!

Now keep me amused, please, while I wait for the next batch of tourtière to bake and cool.
posted by maudlin at 10:09 PM on December 24, 2007


(Well, we almost made it through a full day without a MeTa post. Sigh.)
posted by Steven C. Den Beste at 10:17 PM on December 24, 2007


GET IN THE CAR!!!
posted by blasdelf at 10:17 PM on December 24, 2007


Steven: I made sure it was after the full day for where I am!

On a more(?) serious note - I would like to thank all the MeFi members for continually entertaining, enlightening, and engaging me. You all give so much duging the year, and I wanted to give something back, even if it was only appreciation.
posted by yhbc at 10:22 PM on December 24, 2007


Here on the East Coast we DID make it through a full day without a MeTa post. Speaking as someone who checks every single day to see if we're going to have a MeTa-free day, thank you for the Christmas present! Now I can go back to having some semblance of a normal life!

(I'm sure the mods appreciate it even more)
posted by Ryvar at 10:24 PM on December 24, 2007


And thanks, yhbc, for peeing in the Cheerios of those godless West-Coasters (who should of course be barred from Christmas).

You all give so much duging the year

No dude, thank you for so giving so much duging this year.
posted by Ryvar at 10:27 PM on December 24, 2007


This is a lovely post. Thank you, and best wishes for your coming year.
posted by dirtynumbangelboy at 10:29 PM on December 24, 2007


I'm going to say it now even though I technically have another 76 minutes to go (besides, I'm already snuggled all warm in my bed and have taken the medication that's supposed to prevent unwanted visions of sugarplums)... whatever you believe in, I hope you get exactly what you want for Christmas (unless, of course, it infringes on the wishes of others). May the True Spirit of the Season somehow find its way through the mountain of shredded wrapping paper and into your hearts. Peace on MetaFilter and Good Will Toward Bloggers.
posted by wendell at 10:44 PM on December 24, 2007


!
posted by Mitheral at 10:53 PM on December 24, 2007


What I most enjoy about Christmas is that it marks the beginning of another eleven month or so reprieve from Christmas music.
posted by Tube at 10:56 PM on December 24, 2007 [3 favorites]


Happy Festivus!

No, actually, Merry Christmas!
posted by niles at 10:56 PM on December 24, 2007


I know that eventually someone is going to wander in and piss on this. I'm happy I was able to get my "Happy Xmas, MeFi!" in before that happens. :)

Seriously, happy holidays, you bastards.
posted by LeeJay at 10:57 PM on December 24, 2007


Joyeaux umm... ho, ho, ho...
posted by not_on_display at 10:57 PM on December 24, 2007


God Jul! Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays!
posted by gemmy at 11:02 PM on December 24, 2007


yes yes everyone rejoice! good tidings for all. and chinese food for us jews.
posted by milestogo at 11:05 PM on December 24, 2007


Happy merry everything, everybody.
posted by rtha at 11:05 PM on December 24, 2007


Tonight at my family christmas party they literally spend an hour opening presents. And that was only one of the two rooms full of presents. And I got to spend the time watching a shitty football game. But I did get to eat tamales, so it wasn't all bad.
posted by puke & cry at 11:09 PM on December 24, 2007


Now keep me amused, please, while I wait for the next batch of tourtière to bake and cool.

Mmm!

Is Black Adder over?
posted by Chuckles at 11:10 PM on December 24, 2007


Don't forget the maple syrup :)
posted by Chuckles at 11:19 PM on December 24, 2007


Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!
posted by Lynsey at 11:24 PM on December 24, 2007


Yes, you can always count on our friend from eastern Asia to provide a hot meal on Christmas. God bless them.
posted by "Tex" Connor and the Wily Roundup Boys at 11:29 PM on December 24, 2007


Chrissie Hipmas from Down Under, possums.

(Where it's almost over.)
posted by taff at 11:42 PM on December 24, 2007


Steven: I made sure it was after the full day for where I am!

Shows up as December 24th where I am (11:49), remember, timestamps are adjusted for timezones. We did go 24 hours with a MeTa, though.
posted by delmoi at 12:02 AM on December 25, 2007


Fröhliche Weihnachten!
posted by katillathehun at 12:05 AM on December 25, 2007


M**** C********!!!!!!!
posted by The Deej at 12:08 AM on December 25, 2007


MEHry Christmas!!!

what?
posted by Salmonberry at 12:11 AM on December 25, 2007 [1 favorite]


I'd just like to say that I, a cranky, irritable atheist, had an Xmas miracle. A bearded man showed up with presents for me at midnight.

I don't know his name, but really tired guy with a sketchy van from US Airlines who delivered my lost luggage tonight, you might as well be Santa. I hope you have overtime pay coming to you.
posted by cobaltnine at 12:31 AM on December 25, 2007 [5 favorites]


Happymerry whatevermasanaza to you.
posted by Pope Guilty at 12:33 AM on December 25, 2007


My wife and I watched Aqua Teen Hunger Force at 2am in the morning, where redneck squids kidnaped Santa and held him for ransom in return for Jeff Gordon's still beating heart. When the sheriff stopped by, the squid bought him off with hickory smoked reindeer meat. PERFECT.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 12:36 AM on December 25, 2007


That was squidbillies, not Aqua Teen.
posted by puke & cry at 12:41 AM on December 25, 2007


Merry Christmas. Or, better luck next year, as the case may be.
posted by EatTheWeak at 1:17 AM on December 25, 2007


My bad, Aqua Teen was on right before, with the pool of elf blood loved by Danzig.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 1:24 AM on December 25, 2007


Happy Christmahanakwanzaka everybody!
posted by C17H19NO3 at 1:26 AM on December 25, 2007


And to all a good night.
posted by mumkin at 1:33 AM on December 25, 2007


Merry xmas, and for those who haven't seen it: today's xkcd is spot on.
posted by Manjusri at 2:03 AM on December 25, 2007


And a gelukkig kerstfeest to you too, people!
posted by jouke at 2:28 AM on December 25, 2007


Or, if you prefer, prettige feestdagen!
posted by rjs at 2:38 AM on December 25, 2007


Merry Christmas from me and the small girl making squelchy noises in my left ear.
posted by Sparx at 3:16 AM on December 25, 2007


Merry War on Christmas, folks!
posted by maxwelton at 3:19 AM on December 25, 2007


Hamamas krismas, yo!
posted by goo at 3:51 AM on December 25, 2007


Yeah, well I got a pirate DVD from my Secret Quonsar! Over 23 hours of swashbuckling entertainment. Best Christmas EVAR. Oh, Happy Holidays to all.
posted by wafaa at 4:04 AM on December 25, 2007


Merry Christmas !
posted by sgt.serenity at 4:10 AM on December 25, 2007


It's a double. Flagged.
posted by grouse at 4:21 AM on December 25, 2007 [1 favorite]


There are all kinds of good things about Christmas time. My favourite is the fact that I get to indulge in my tinsel sniffing fetish, and because it only happens once a year I don't feel like too much of a pervert.
posted by h00py at 4:56 AM on December 25, 2007


Oh and to add my favourite toast for this time of the year, Sneezin's Gleetings!
posted by h00py at 4:57 AM on December 25, 2007


ALL I WANTED FOR XMAS WAS A METATALK POST-FREE DAY YOU GIBBERING FILTH

Congrats and best wishes to all on making it halfway through another winter, one more wobble around the sun. May all our future days be fine and full. Let there be peace.
posted by loquacious at 5:03 AM on December 25, 2007


Gleðileg jól from Iceland!

Merry Kwanukkmaseid from the bottom of my irreverent heart!
posted by Kattullus at 5:04 AM on December 25, 2007


A big "BAH HUMBUG" from Kabul. Spent the day at work, and topped it off with the 2nd of 3 installments of a lovely root canal. Eggnog? Nope. Presents? Nope. Tree? Nope. If it wasn't for my lunch at The Beloved Martyr St. Jaques' Celebrity Weeping Chancre Food Trough, I'd have nothing to live for.
posted by Meatbomb at 5:16 AM on December 25, 2007


ALL I WANTED FOR XMAS WAS A METATALK POST-FREE DAY YOU GIBBERING FILTH

And so begins the airing of grievances.
posted by hal9k at 5:16 AM on December 25, 2007


Feliz Navidad, amigos!
posted by tkolar at 5:22 AM on December 25, 2007


Humbug!
posted by mds35 at 5:37 AM on December 25, 2007


Meri Kurisimasu to all MeFiers around the world, from deep in the heart of Tokyo!
posted by flapjax at midnite at 5:42 AM on December 25, 2007


Merry Christmas, and thanks to Ask MeFi (especially snownoid) for helping with this year's cards!
posted by The corpse in the library at 6:12 AM on December 25, 2007


I thought this was going to be my first orphaned Christmas, as I had no realistic way to get home this year. Then I made plans for a Jewish Christmas of Chinese food and a movie. Then I found out my ex-boyfriend is going to be orphaned in NYC as well. Then I got invited to another movie and mulled wine. So now I have the busiest Christmas in recent memory ahead of me, hanging out with three groups of people. Thanks, Santa!
posted by piratebowling at 6:13 AM on December 25, 2007


loquacious: "ALL I WANTED FOR XMAS WAS A METATALK POST-FREE DAY YOU GIBBERING FILTH"

We've discussed this before.
posted by Plutor at 6:13 AM on December 25, 2007


Merry Christmas!

I love all you people.
posted by konolia at 6:50 AM on December 25, 2007


Everyone needs a hug.
posted by ersatz at 7:07 AM on December 25, 2007


Have a Merry and a Happy with more fun to follow! Love all.
posted by readery at 7:16 AM on December 25, 2007


Happy happy my darlings. Peace and joy to yiz and yers.
posted by Divine_Wino at 7:43 AM on December 25, 2007


And so begins the airing of grievances.

When do we get to the feats of strength?

Merry merry, to all.
posted by evilcolonel at 7:51 AM on December 25, 2007


HAIL MITHRAS

drink up, everyone! yay!
posted by casarkos at 8:00 AM on December 25, 2007


Merry Christmas from Middle Tennessee. I raise my glass of untaxed moonshine and apple cider in your general directions.
posted by nola at 8:29 AM on December 25, 2007


No Kwanza wishes? Y'all racist!

;)
posted by klangklangston at 8:33 AM on December 25, 2007


Could we have a big ugly flame out in this thread? As a present to all of us?

Merry Christmas all.
posted by LarryC at 8:37 AM on December 25, 2007


Fuck you LarryC you been pushing me and pushing me and I'm not gonna talk anymore of your shit. QUIT STALKING ME LARRY!!!!!!
posted by nola at 8:47 AM on December 25, 2007


*throws bed out second story window onto neighbors car*

*the cops arive*


No fuck that I didn't do nothin' don't tase me bro!


*free phone call*


prison phone/ LarryC ? LarryC are you there? Fuck you Larry this happens every Christmas with you, I'm finished. Meh yourself, did you call the cops on me?
Ok fine just come down here and get me out of here I can't spend the night in here.

LarryC?


*disables account*
posted by nola at 8:55 AM on December 25, 2007


Yes, you can always count on our friend from eastern Asia to provide a hot meal on Christmas.

Hear, hear. That one guy who makes all the Chinese food is awesome.
posted by cortex (staff) at 9:13 AM on December 25, 2007


klangklangston: No Kwanza wishes? Y'all racist!

I believe I covered it with my Merry Kwanukkmaseid... though I suppose our pagan friends could take offense. The "s" can stand for solstice... or saturnalia.
posted by Kattullus at 9:18 AM on December 25, 2007


Hm, in my secluded littled world, I've always wondered if non-Christians also celebrate Christmas? Obviously, I wouldn't expect it to be a celebration on Christ's birth, but what about family, gorging on food, travel, presents, etc...Do non-Christians also celebrate, too? Genuinely curious.
posted by jmd82 at 9:26 AM on December 25, 2007


Depends what you mean by "Christian". I'm not even a tiny bit Christian in a religious sense, but culturally I'm inescapably WASP. Presents for the kids and family gatherings are Christmas for me.
posted by tkolar at 9:48 AM on December 25, 2007


Do you mean "non-Christians" in the sense of "people who are not themselves Christian", or in the sense of "people from a culture where Christianity isn't a dominant cultural force"? I'd reckon the answer depends a little on that.
posted by cortex (staff) at 9:49 AM on December 25, 2007


Merry Christmas

BUT NOT TO SEXISTS. NO CHRISTMAS FOR YOU.
posted by bonaldi at 9:53 AM on December 25, 2007


We do, but it's a different sort of Christmas. After we finish nailing baby Jesus to the Christmas tree, we like to strip down, oil up, and then set it on fire while dancing around it. After that there's a slow but merry transition to the orgy and giving of 'presents' (narcotics) while dressed in nothing but stockings and edible condoms.

So it's different, but just as merry and festive in its own way. Happy holidays!
posted by Ryvar at 9:56 AM on December 25, 2007 [1 favorite]


jmd82, I work in a city that has about a population of about 50% of southeast asians (India, Sri Lanka, and Pakistan mainly) and about 20% of the population from other non-Christian countries. I would say that the non-christians I know embrace Christmas more than the Christians. (This is Canada, so we don't have very many fundamentalist Christians and most Catholics have lapsed far since the Quiet revolution). I get more Christmas cards from non-Christians than I do Christians. All my jewish friends celebrate Christmas too. Sikhs especially seem to really get into wishing everyone a Happy Christmas. I can't think of any non-Christians I know that do not share presents or have a family dinner on Dec 25. Of course, they also celebrate Diwali or Eid al-Fitr or Guru days depending on their religion (again, festivities from other cultures are celebrated by non-practionairs because they are fun and always involve good food). The one children's celebration my public library offers each year that does not seem to have a big following is Kwanzaa, most people that attend are not Black but want to expose their children to alternative festivities. I'm actually pretty careful about saying happy hoildays/happy christmas to people I do not know well because I do not want to impose my holiday on others. Just my two cents.
posted by saucysault at 9:57 AM on December 25, 2007


As a separate data point, I was in Bali (mostly Hindu) on December 25 a few years ago and there was nothing to tell that day from any other.

(well, except that a sizeable portion of Sumatra was underwater and 200,000 people were dead. But that's a different story.)
posted by tkolar at 10:02 AM on December 25, 2007


Have a good one, commish, all.
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 10:31 AM on December 25, 2007


BUT NOT TO SEXISTS. NO CHRISTMAS FOR YOU.

Tough old broad.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 11:08 AM on December 25, 2007


Desde acá en chilangolandia, les deseo a todos una feliz navidad y un próspero año nuevo lleno de paz y alegría.
(Y ahora ... ¡a la pinche chamba!)
posted by donpedro at 11:33 AM on December 25, 2007


Depends what you mean by "Christian".

Good point. There's definitely a spectrum of being "Christian," and I was thinking in terms of not celebrating or caring it's actually being the birth of Jesus in the relgious sense, or any sense for that matter. Don't go to mass, don't pray, etc. Or heck, not even believing in God. Was just interested in hearing others' thoughts, though I'm not really solving any problems so yea.
Anyways, thanks for some interesting responses.
posted by jmd82 at 12:53 PM on December 25, 2007


THIS JUST IN...
THE WAR ON CHRISTMAS IS OVER!
mmmmaybe.
posted by wendell at 1:13 PM on December 25, 2007 [1 favorite]


Best holiday wishes from me as well. I'm full and happy here in western Mass!
posted by languagehat at 5:27 PM on December 25, 2007


Did I miss it? Or was the Whole "war on Christmas" a lot less shrill this year?
posted by edgeways at 9:02 PM on December 25, 2007


Hm, in my secluded littled world, I've always wondered if non-Christians also celebrate Christmas? Obviously, I wouldn't expect it to be a celebration on Christ's birth, but what about family, gorging on food, travel, presents, etc...Do non-Christians also celebrate, too? Genuinely curious.

I grew up in an atheist/intellectual family in NYC and we always celebrated pagan xmas (& easter for that matter) - tree, stockings, big dinner, family gathering type of thing, but no religious overtones. My mom is british so brought in sort of old-fashioned / victorian-esque traditions, like big striped socks laid out at the end of the bed, filled overnight always with an orange & nuts at the bottom.

Today I went for Christmas dinner at my cousin's, and my Jewish boyfriend was all nervous about attending a christmas thing - having never done anything but chinese food & a movie, he was worried he'd be culturally outcast. My sister & I promised him it was basically just "Thanksgiving II"; my cousin's wife said the only difference was that at Christmas there's egg nog. I guess there is also no football, and at xmas you have the exchange of presents.

But yeah, the jesus aspect is not a thing in our family; it's the Yule, the Saturnalia, the Roman solstice, the winter holiday stuff if you want to get into symbolism, and just family, friends & food in terms of actual events. (Though this year, someone did repackage a birthday cake as a "Happy Birthday Jesus" cake so it would be suitable for xmas dinner... )
posted by mdn at 10:42 PM on December 25, 2007


The most Christianity I got this year at my girlfriend's parents was that they had a creche that no one mentioned. And, aside from her parents, her whole family is white-bread Republican motherfuckers.

Oh, and my former roommate had to go to 10:30 pm mass on Xmas eve. I assume that it was at 10:30 because Episcopalians are uncomfortable being awake after midnight.
posted by klangklangston at 12:57 PM on December 26, 2007


Little known fact: Episcopalians who take communion after midnight transubstatiate and become Catholics on the spot.

It's true. Look it up.
posted by tkolar at 4:07 PM on December 26, 2007


Little known fact: Episcopalians who who eat their salad with their dessert fork do not get into heaven.

It's true. Look it up.
posted by The Deej at 4:46 AM on December 27, 2007


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