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A song for Christmas

Here’s Tim Minchin’s newest version of his utterly lovely humanist carol “White Wine in the Sun.” I seem to be making a tradition out of posting this song at Christmastime; so be it. Enjoy:

I’ve wanted, but failed, to write about so much over the past few weeks — including about the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut, where so many of the family gatherings that Minchin celebrates will be terribly incomplete this year. And there has been a death in my own extended family as well. But we keep gathering, and consoling, and loving, because we are human, and that’s what humans do.

Merry Christmas. See you in the new year.

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Miscellany: “Bah, humbug!” edition

For your perusal this holiday season: Continue reading

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The best Christmas carols ever

I’ve written about my candidate for the worst Christmas carol ever. On the other hand, here, in my opinion, are two of the best.

Atheist though I am, I’ve always had a soft spot for “O Holy Night” — even though it’s getting harder and harder to hear it done tastefully, as singers nowadays seem to see it as an excuse for bombast and vocal gymnastics. I grew up listening to this incomparably lovely version by Nana Mouskouri, whose straightforward style lets the exquisitely haunting melody shine through:

Another wonderful version, by the group Celtic Woman:

And the second song, which I’ve posted before, is the very touching (and uncharacteristically sentimental) “White Wine in the Sun” by Tim Minchin. A perfect encapsulation of what, for me, is the true meaning of Christmas:

Happy Holidays to all.

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A humanist carol

Tim Minchin gets to the heart of an atheist’s Christmas:

I would add only that family is also whom we choose to love, blood relation or no.

May this season find you well, in the company of those you love.

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Best mashup ever, cont’d

My head just exploded, again.

On YouTube, the videomaker notes: “Putting the ‘Ho back in Ho Ho Ho.”

Most excellent.

(via FlickFilosopher)

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God hates Christmas trees (and other obscure holiday facts)

DailyKos’ resident historian R. Scott Peoples (writing as diarist Unitary Moonbat) exposes the flaws of the conservative religious claim that there’s a “War on Christmas,” and that secular liberals intend to paganize it. It turns out that many Christmas stories, symbols, and rituals were ancient pagan traditions to begin with, including the idea of a holy birth occurring at the time of the Winter Solstice (Jesus being a latecomer to a club that already included Mithra, Osiris, Apollo, Bacchus, and Adonis).

Some of this history I’m familiar with, and some is new to me. This Scriptural passage in particular surprised me: Continue reading

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