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PostPosted: Mon Dec 20, 2010 10:02 pm 
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This week's case, To Tree Or Not To Tree.

Jason and Brandy disagree: when should their Christmas decorations be put up? Only one man can settle the dispute.

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I think the winter thinking shed should be a international Christmas tradition.

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Hard Christmas thoughts on bleak Christmas nights.

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 21, 2010 2:36 am 
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My court-appointed "sadness tree" inside my depressing attached-shed:

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The creepy, empty doll crib was already there, and really ties the display together, I think.

God bless us, every one.


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That was by far the best one of a great series. If only Jason hadn't botched the Christmas tree question! Everyone was on their comedy games, both sides had a point, and Jason appealed to those of us who depress people with Ash Wednesday and Lent despair during Mardi Gras hype. All 3 of us.


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GhaleonQ wrote:
If only Jason hadn't botched the Christmas tree question!


The thing is, John Hodgman's IQ is so massive it exerts a gravitational pull upon your own IQ and drains it of points when you speak with him. I panicked when he mentioned the tree and went to my "isn't Christmas pagan" file.

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Everyone was on their comedy games, both sides had a point, and Jason appealed to those of us who depress people with Ash Wednesday and Lent despair during Mardi Gras hype. All 3 of us.


You're my kinda people, GhaleonQ. *passes the sack-cloth*


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I kind of wish I had a southern accent after listening to this.


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 21, 2010 5:13 am 
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AgentFresh wrote:
My court-appointed "sadness tree" inside my depressing attached-shed:

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The creepy, empty doll crib was already there, and really ties the display together, I think.

God bless us, every one.


Well done, sir.


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 21, 2010 4:06 pm 
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My parents had a comparable policy. I guess you could call them liturgy geeks but I'm not sure where they got this one. On a related note, we had to celebrate the full 12 days of Christmas of which December 25th doesn't even count as the first day. In the interest of dragging things out as long as possible (an emulating a certain carol) we were permitted to open at most 2 presents each day one in the morning and one in the evening. There was no pretense about Santa, but they perversely insisted that St Nicholas left treats on December 6. The implausibility of this was not lost on me.

It would be unfair to blame any one thing on Weird Christmas, but on the whole I would say my parents failed with whatever they were trying to do to me. It's true I turn out a bit asocial and weird but on the other hand I'm not religious at all and if possible I am even less Catholic. That was something they were aware of from an early age and tolerated. My sister, however, is loved by all and at least nominally Catholic. So if a 50% success rate acceptable, Jason, keep at it.


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Hey, I'm surprised that Judge John Hodgman didn't know this little nugget. As I remember it from my Roman Catholic upbringing (I also have an uncle who is a priest) Christmas decorations can start being setup on the first day of Advent. i.e. the 4th Sunday before Christmas day. This can be anytime between November 27th and December 3rd depending on the year.

Christmas decorations should not be setup before Advent starts. That is why, at least in my part of the world, we find it offensive when stores start setting up for Christmas just as soon as they can get the Halloween decorations down. That type of behaviour is just crass commercialism and has nothing to do with celebrating the spirt of the season.


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Interesting episode. My culturally-insensitive-upbringing was shocked at the notion that there are Catholics in the deep South, where I had suspected everyone was Evangelical Baptist.

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Trees of Sadness are a hot new penitential wave sweeping the increasingly Catholic South. They've made it here to Texas as well.


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 Post subject: Huntsville, AL!
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I'm just excited to hear from Maxfunsters living in my hometown!

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MattRoth wrote:
I'm just excited to hear from Maxfunsters living in my hometown!


<local minutia no one but Matt and I comprehend or care about> We're down South Parkway, not too far from Ditto Landing. We're originally from Cullman, but we like the Rocket City. </local minutia>

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My mom used to tell tales of her family decorating for Christmas on Christmas Eve. However, they were not Catholic and this was not a passed-down tradition.

Rather, with 6 kids in a 4-bedroom house, in order to up a Christmas tree, they had to move their living room furniture onto the front porch. And having it out there for more than a day or two proved to be inconvenient.

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AgentFresh wrote:

<local minutia no one but Matt and I comprehend or care about> We're down South Parkway, not too far from Ditto Landing. We're originally from Cullman, but we like the Rocket City. </local minutia>


Hooray for local minutia! My mom used to teach at Farley Elementary in that part of town. My fiance and I both grew up in Huntsville, my parents still live off Airport Rd. near the Whitesburg Dr. intersection. I love Huntsville!

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