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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to one and all here at The PIT! Enjoy the time with friends and family and please remember...DON"T drink and drive! ;)

 

 

 

 

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Merry Christmas everyone and don't let it become like the majority of the characters in the following story:

 

Jesus and the Elves

by John Leo, US News & World Report columnist & author of a new book,"Two Steps Ahead of the Thought Police."

And Joseph went up from Galilee to Bethlehem with Mary, his espoused wife, who was great with child. And she brought forth a son and wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger because there was no room for them in the inn.

And the angel of the Lord spoke to the shepherds and said, "I bring you tidings of great joy. Unto you is born a Savior, which is Christ the Lord." "There's a problem with the angel," said a Pharisee who happened to be strolling by. As he explained to Joseph, angels are widely regarded as religious symbols, and the stable was on public property where such symbols were not allowed to land or even hover. "And I have to tell you, this whole thing looks to me very much like a Nativity scene," he said sadly. "That's a no-no, too."

Joseph had a bright idea. "What if I put a couple of reindeer over there near the ox and donkey?" he said, eager to avoid sectarian strife. "That would definitely help," said the Pharisee, who knew as well as anyone that whenever a savior appeared, judges usually liked to be on the safe side and surround it with deer or woodland creatures of some sort. "Just to clinch it, throw in a candy cane and a couple of elves and snowmen, too," he said. "No court can resist that."

Mary asked, "What does my son's birth have to do with snowmen?" "Snowpersons," cried a young woman, changing the subject before it veered dangerously toward religion. Off to the side of the crowd, a Philistine was painting the Nativity scene. Mary complained that she and Joseph looked too tattered and worn in the picture. "Artistic license," he said. "I've got to show the plight of the haggard homeless in a greedy, uncaring society in winter," he quipped. "We're not haggard or homeless. The inn was just full," said Mary. "Whatever," said the painter.

Rum pa pum pum. Two women began to argue fiercely. One said she objected to Jesus' birth "because it privileged motherhood." The other scoffed at virgin births, but said that if they encouraged more attention to diversity in family forms and the rights of single mothers, well, then, she was all for them. "I'm not a single mother," Mary started to say, but she was cut off by a third woman who insisted that swaddling clothes are a form of child abuse, since they restrict the natural movement of babies.

With the arrival of 10 child advocates, all trained to spot infant abuse and manger rash, Mary and Joseph were pushed to the edge of the crowd, where arguments were breaking out over how many reindeer (or what mix of reindeer and seasonal sprites) had to be installed to compensate for the infant's unfortunate religious character. An older man bustled up, bowling over two merchants, who had been busy debating whether an elf is the same as a fairy and whether the elf/fairy should be shaking hands with Jesus in the crib or merely standing to the side, jumping around like a sports mascot. "I'd hold off on the reindeer," the man said, explaining that the use of donkey and oxen as picturesque backdrops for Nativity scenes carries the subliminal message of human dominance. He passed out two leaflets, one denouncing manger births as invasions of animal space, the other arguing that stables are "penned environments" where animals are incarcerated against their will. He had no opinion about elves or candy canes.

Signs declaring "Free the Bethlehem 2" began to appear, referring to the obviously exploited donkey and ox. Someone said the halo on Jesus' head was elitist. Mary was exasperated. "And what about you, old mother?" she said sharply to an elderly woman. "Are you here to attack the shepherds as prison guards for excluded species, maybe to complain that singing in Latin identifies us with our Roman oppressors, or just to say that I should have skipped patriarchal religiosity and joined some dumb new-age goddess religion?" "None of the above," said the woman, "I just wanted to tell you that the Magi are here."

Sure enough, the three wise men rode up. The crowd gasped, "They're all male!" And "Not very multicultural!" "Balthasar here is black," said one of the Magi. "Yes, but how many of you are gay or disabled?" someone shouted. A committee was quickly formed to find an impoverished lesbian wise-person among the halt and lame of Bethlehem.

A calm voice said, "Be of good cheer, Mary, you have done well and your son will change the world." At last, a sane person, Mary thought. She turned to see a radiant and confident female face. The woman spoke again: "There is one thing, though. Religious holidays are important, but can't we learn to celebrate them in ways that unite, not divide? For instance, instead of all this business about 'Gloria in excelsis Deo,' why not just 'Season's Greetings'?" Mary said, "You mean my son has entered human history to deliver the message, 'Hello, it's winter'?" "That's harsh, Mary," said the woman. "Remember, your son could make it big in midwinter festivals, if he doesn't push the religion thing too far. Centuries from now, in nations yet unborn, people will give each other pricey gifts and have big office parties on his birthday. That's not chopped liver." "Let me get back to you," Mary said.

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I'll just leave this here:

 

And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

8 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.

9 And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.

10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.

13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,

14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

15 And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.

 

Praise JESUS!

 

 

 

 

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Happy Birthday Jesus!

 

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Merry Christmas to all and may you find "good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people."

 

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Yeah... well... That's over three months. Per typical, I quit shaving deer season which is the first weekend of September. And I haven't trimmed it back in awhile. I trimmed it pretty tight the last couple days of October to get ready for no-shave-November, but have only done minor trimming since. I usually let it go through December to mess with the kids in the stores during the Christmas season.

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Santa! (wait, we get to pick between the 2)

 

hey, if I pick both I get double the presents?

 

With those two probably just double the trouble.

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ok, i'm missing something here why the switches and coal?

 

i can understand the switches which i assume, is the hitting/beating kind for when your were naughty in the good old days and not the kind that turns things on and off, but why the coal? something in the back of my mind tells me coal is related with christams somehow but for the life of me i have no idea why except i seem to remember an old tradition/superstition where we left some on the doorstep and the first person to cross the threshold had to bring it in so we'd have fuel for the rest of the year, that might have been a new year custom though, :rofl3:

 

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My parents would say:

If your not good you'll get just a lump of coal in your stocking

 

legend or history, Tradition holds that "bad boys and girls" will receive coal and/or switches, Santa gave toys to good boys and girls, while Black Peter dispensed coal and switches to the bad ones.

 

Black Pete or Black Peter, is the companion of Saint Nicholas, European folk character

 

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/nbcblk/fight-against-black-pete-holiday-blackface-tradition-n485081

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Traditionally... Santa Claus brings toys to the good girls and boys. However, those on the naughty list get switches and coal. It seems that in recent times, most people drop the switches part and just say coal. This tradition predates Santa Claus and actually comes from the traditions of St. Nicholas, Sinterklaas, and La Befana. However in each of those traditions, coal and switches were just two possibilities. Others were garlic, onions, or bags of salt. In those traditions the good children were more likely to get sweets and treats rather than toys except for small items like a top or a small rag doll.

 

I'm not aware that there is anything related to Christianity other than St Nicholas was Catholic.

 

A little discussion on the validity of the threat: https://www.quora.com/Is-there-a-documented-case-of-a-child-receiving-coal-or-switches-from-Santa-Claus-at-Christmas

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I'll just leave this here:

 

And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

8 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.

9 And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.

10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.

13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,

14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

15 And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.

 

Praise JESUS!

 

 

 

 

:geezer:

 

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My Great Aunt would always give us Cashmere scarfs and Leather Coats, She had lots of money yet we had none, Awkward going to school with a 200$ scarf and torn shoes.

 

Could never understand that, think i did a little.

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