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Merry Christmas, everyone


There is much feasting at Samizdata HQ this evening

17 comments to Merry Christmas, everyone

  • Paul Marks

    Merry Christmas – and a Bearable New Year.

    To all Samizdata people.

  • Merry Christmas all.

  • RAB

    My what cute dimples Perry has. My invite lost in the post again this year then? And the scoff looks the business too!

    A very Merry Christmas to you all.

  • the other rob

    Merry Christmas to you and yours, everybody.

  • Dave Walker

    Happy Newtonmas to all, and a more secure New Year :-).

  • Snorri Godhi

    …and Merry Christmas from me too.

  • Natalie Solent (Essex)

    What a lovely picture. Happy Christmas!

  • Julie near Chicago

    If the camera lieth not, then the celebrants of The World’s Most Famous Birthday were indeed having a lovely time.

    May all Samizdatists, their Significant Others, and the assorted critters for whom they are indentured to buttle all have a fabulously Merry Christmas!

    ;>) Julie

  • Myno

    Mele Kalikimaka !!!

  • llamas

    Merry Christmas, one and all.

    I was standing in line at the US Post Office yesterday morning, and a leaving customer said ‘Merry Christmas’ to the clerk, who replied ‘Happy Holidays’, in State-approved, non-denominational style.

    ‘No’ said the lady ‘I said Merry Christmas, and I meant it. I know you can’t say it (to the clerk) but I can! Merry Christmas!’

    and the assembled masses replied in like manner.

    And each one, leaving the counter, said ‘Merry Christmas’ to the clerk, who smiled sheepishly.

    From such little acts of defiance is the Leviathan kept pushed back.

    Merry Christmas, one and all. How does one get invited to such a feast?



  • Julie near Chicago

    Yay!!! I like her style. And the chiming in of the bunch who thereby backed her up.

    And yours, llamas, for posting this encouraging story.

    (I always make a point of “Merry Christmas” myself.)


  • Laird

    Merry Christmas, all, and have a happy New Year!

    Looks like quite a feast. No menu to share this year?

  • veryretired

    We spent Xmas with SWMBO’s parents in California. Her mother has been very ill, and is recovering somewhat, so it was a special holiday in a season of new beginnings.

    Her father, a strong, traditional man in every way, couldn’t get through saying grace this year. It was a powerful moment for all, and a reminder about what’s truly important—family, and the ties that bind us together.

    This is my first holiday season without my mother, who passed last spring, but I was ready for that, she’d been weakening for several months from heart failure.

    So, I hope all of you can share in some of the joy and hope that was felt around that traditional holiday dinner table, as we talked and enjoyed each other’s company one more time in this uncertain world.

    And my two absolutely fabulous grandchildren wish you Merry Christmas, too. But next year, send more toys…

  • Sorry to hear about your mother, VR. And I wish the remaining members of the older generation many more healthy and active years. We need their experience and wisdom now more than ever, for the sake of our children and grandchildren.

  • admin

    @Laird: we didn’t have a printed menu this year, but as I remember it:

    – celeriac soup
    – fois gras
    – roast duck, parsnips+pears, potatoes, sprouts, carrots
    – cheese selection w/ port
    – selection of honey cakes, ginger hippos and other fine baking, plus michael jenning’s pecan pie

  • veryretired

    TY Alisa. Being one of the older generation now, I’m not sure we are much of a bargain, but I do hope to hang around for a while out of sheer cussedness, and, I hope, to play with some more grandkids.

    Xmas is for kids. Thank heaven I’m still a child.