history, math, philosophy, photography, seasons

Xmas 2021 (one last example)

~ Most of December is in the “Yes, but …” season.  This post displays the last of my current handful of examples.  Maybe I will have more next year. ~

Do grinches who profess Christianity grumble that our seasonal celebrations are too secular, while grinches who profess other religions (or none at all) grumble that they are too bound up with Christianity?

Yes, but many people who are not grinches sense the common thread that comes down to us from long before any contemporary squabbles about holidays near the winter solstice.

Those who laid out the passage tombs in Stone Age Ireland expressed an enduring hope with silent eloquence.   Life and light may somehow prevail over death and darkness.


I read a reblog by Mitch Teemley of Russell Brown’s post

Jesus and Santa

before I ported my notes for this “Yes, but …” post from a plain text editor to a WordPress draft.  (Yes, I am that old.)  Tho Russell Brown’s remarks did not prompt any changes in my own remarks about various grinches versus an enduring multicultural hope, I am glad to see that someone who followed a different path from a different place arrived at a similar destination.  Why do I care?

While one valid proof is enough to establish something in pure math, everything else is messy and uncertain.  The premisses of an argument are not nailed down; the steps are not absolutely valid.  It helps to know that several imperfect arguments lead to roughly the same conclusion.

Merry Xmas!

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7 thoughts on “Xmas 2021 (one last example)

  1. Merry Christmas to you and yours, Mel!

    Russell Brown’s post reminded me of a music box I saw many years ago of Santa, hat in hand, kneeling beside the manger. It played “Oh Come All Ye Faithful.” I know St. Nicholas wasn’t a contemporary of Jesus, but it brought another question to my mind: If Saint Nicholas us recognized as a saint by the Anglican, Lutheran, and Roman Catholic Churches, why would any of those believers bemoan his presence at a winter celebration of giving?

    NPR reviewed Adam C, English’s book, The Saint Who Would Be Santa Claus here: https://www.npr(dot)org/2012/12/25/167977053/just-who-was-the-real-st-nicholas

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  2. The enduring prevalence through history that “Life and light may somehow prevail over death and darkness” is an idea worth focusing on when storm clouds darken our view. Hope is an interesting word and a friend of the light. Hopefully the light is more present in 2021. Stay safe, Mellow.

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      1. Here is a little-known advantage of the ISO standard format for dates (YYYY-MM-DD):

        On 12-31 or 01-01, I can start filling in the Date line on the next check to be written, with “2022-” in the current case.  Unless it is late in the year, part of my ritual in writing a check is to start dating the next one with the appropriate [YYYY-]. 🙂

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