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25 December 2009 @ 09:33 pm
Peace on Earth, Good Will Toward All.  
I had a very pleasant Christmas with my family.

I got dress shirts and a splendid tie! They're wonderful -- my sister managed to guess my size from memory better than Quel and I have ever managed with me standing right there (XL, size 17 collar).

Dinner was excellent -- scallops something-or-other over pasta. And, of course, a wide range of alcohol.

Most of the day was spent introducing my stepfather to the wonders of YouTube as a source for music and film footage of old stars; he's a serious jazz aficionado, and kept coming up with more and more obscure performers to hunt down. The only times we couldn't find anything were when the performers in question had names identical to some other individual, more recent or better-known -- a very short-lived ensemble called "Matrix" was a good example.

We also watched a few seasonal treats, as well, including this duet between Bing Crosby and David Bowie; Bowie's lyrics have, to me, always captured what this time of year really means, and why my family of atheists, agnostics and pagans still celebrate Christmas -- it's not the religious aspect, but the mythic.

I departed around 19:30, though I was invited to stay another night. I probably should have; yes, I work tomorrow, but not until 14:00. Ah, well. Second thoughts are better served at the other end of a 50-mile drive.

Whatever you celebrate this time of year, I hope you had the best of the good and none of the bad.

Peace be with you, and with us all.

I feel: cheerfulcheerful
scarfman on December 26th, 2009 05:45 am (UTC)

I hear that duet on the radio sometimes and until I found this on YouTube recently I always wondered who the guy singing with Crosby was.

Oh, and on the subject of not the religious aspect, but the mythic ...

Your Obedient Serpent: cronkiteathelind on December 26th, 2009 07:39 am (UTC)
Yes, that's it EXACTLY.
leonard_arlotteleonard_arlotte on December 26th, 2009 07:18 am (UTC)
The dress shirts and tie will be excellent for you to use for interviewing!
Your Obedient Serpent: workathelind on December 26th, 2009 07:38 am (UTC)
Yes, and they're very nice ... but ... I often get the impression that nobody thinks that I HAVE such things already. People keep bringing up "appropriate interview wear" as if they expect me to show up in the sweats and dragon-adorned t-shirts I wear when I socialize.

For the record, I love dressy clothing, I have an extensive selection of ties, and gifts of this sort are always appreciated because I like to get more! I also like having the opportunities to WEAR them, which seldom arise; goodness knows I'm not gonna wear'em to the COMIC BOOK STORE.
ebony14 on December 30th, 2009 09:42 pm (UTC)
When I want the mythic aspects of Christmas, I listen to Crosby (and sometimes Bowie). When I want the spiritual, I go to church with my family. When I want the reality, I listen to the Kinks or John Lennon. It keeps me aware.