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So now that the Christmas period is over and we’re all gradually returning to work, the thing we normally look forward to is the next holiday.   If you’re thinking of looking for a good online deal, remember – if it seems too good to be true, it probably is!   Take a look at this video and you’ll know exactly what I mean if you’ve ever booked to fly with one of the budget airlines!

A word of warning though, some readers may find some of the language offensive!

Jesus v Santa

Santa and JesusAs if to prove that the commercialisation of Christmas has definitely moved a step too far, a recent survey has found that many people struggle with the storyline of the birth of baby Jesus.  Over 2,000 children and parents were polled on behalf of the Bible Society about their nativity play knowledge, and the results  showed some major holes in the story.   Here are just some of the hilarious results:

  • A majority of Britons appear to be unaware that Jesus was born out-of-wedlock
  • Only 26% knew that Mary and Joseph were betrothed
  • 2% thought Mary and Joseph were ‘on their first date’ when they found out she was pregnant
  • A further 37 people thought Santa Claus was the first person to visit baby Jesus
  • A majority believed he was sleeping in a Moses basket, not a manger

We hear a lot about “the war on Christmas”, but the true seasonal struggle is the war within Christmas, a single holiday shared by two deeply antagonistic religions.

bithday wish 1Religion 1 is the religion of Jesus Christ, the figure whose birth the holiday commemorates. This religion emphasises universal grace and forgiveness.

Religion 2 is the religion of Santa Claus, the holiday’s most visible representative. Santa upholds a much sterner creed: “You better watch out / You better not cry / Better not pout / I’m telling you why / Santa Claus is coming to town / He’s making a list / And checking it twice / Gonna find out who’s naughty and nice …”

So even though Christmas began as a celebration dedicated to Jesus, this holiday has become increasingly commercial, most people being more interested in gifts and parties than the religious side of this holiday. Although they are tied to the same day, December 25th, Santa Claus and Jesus’ birth don’t have much in common, because each one promotes other values.

santa elves reindeerIt’s funny how many people teach their kids all about Jesus and God (something that can’t be proven), while there are others that wait to introduce ideas of faith and religion to their kids when they’re old enough to decide for themselves (very enlightened!) .   And then there are those who have had no problem telling their kids about a fat guy sliding down the chimney with a sack full of gifts and eating the cookies and milk, his elves, flying reindeer, and somehow doing this at midnight in every home all around the world (WTF?).

It truly is a time of year when there is something for everyone it seems!  So, whatever you believe, a very Merry Christmas to one and all!!!

Post-holiday blues

We spend weeks, sometimes months, looking forward to our annual holiday and all too soon it is a distant memory.  The suntan starts to peel and/or fade and the harsh realities of everyday life come crashing back almost before the wheels of your returning aircraft have hit the home tarmac!

So what’s the answer?  In years gone by I have come straight home and booked the next holiday, thus ensuring that I do have something else to look forward to, away from the uncertain climate that we live in here in the  UK.  Perhaps this year I will try something different …

How about actually doing something positive and trying to eat more healthily and lose weight?  Sounds simple doesn’t it, but the reality is always so much harder!

As the southern half of the UK is bathed in sunshine and enjoying record temperatures, up here in Scotland it is naturally grey and cloudy with little hope of the sun breaking through the storm clouds that are gathering.  So when I saw this poster, it made me laugh out loud – just about sums up my mood perfectly!!!

10 days radio silence

Аз се запътвам към Lozenets така там ще за известно време бъда тишина на радио за 10 дена на празник в България. Очаквам да споделя мислите си с вас отново при завръщането си!

or, in English:

I am off on holiday to Lozenets in Bulgaria for 10 days and so there will be radio silence from me for a while.   I look forward to sharing my thoughts with you again on my return! 

NB Look closely, that’s me on the terrace on the right on my last visit in 2010!

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