The Spirit Of Christmas

fireplace, dog, poinsettia, presents

This is the White House Christmas card. I'm expecting mine any day now.

This week I read an article in the L.A. Times about Sarah Palin criticizing the White House Christmas card. The card features Bo Obama, the family pooch and states:

“From our family to yours, may your holidays shine with the light of the season.”

Seems Palin finds it odd the card emphasizes the dog instead of traditions like “family, faith and freedom.” She also said that Americans are able to appreciate “American foundational values illustrated and displayed on Christmas cards and on a Christmas tree.”

Because apparently dogs do not represent family, faith and freedom. And, no offense to my American friends, but this is the first thing that springs to my mind when I think of American values associated with Christmas:

Now, it isn’t my intention to suddenly go political here on WWFC. But I honestly believe the Obamas could have resurrected and sent out the real life baby Jesus carrying the world’s largest Christmas tree, followed by a shepherd and three wise men, and Palin still would have bitched.

Why? Because we live in a world where the majority of people have stopped caring about doing right and only care about being right, above all else.

Here at the Chateau de Cheese, today was Christmas morning. My older kids spend Christmas day with their dad, so we celebrate a day early. Our gifts have been unwrapped, the turkey is in the oven, John Lennon is singing, and Max and Jepeto are taking a nap. Which means I have a small window of opportunity to reflect on the spirit of Christmas.

 light saber, star wars, jedi knight, sith, darth vader

I have come to the conclusion that light sabers are the true meaning of Christmas.

I guess, even though I’ve opened all my gifts, I’m still hoping for one more.  Nearly 35 years ago, in 1977, David Bowie and Bing Crosby got together and sang a Christmas song together. It’s always been my favourite. Mainly because of these lines:

Peace on Earth, can it be
Years from now, perhaps we’ll see
See the day of glory
See the day, when men of good will
Live in peace, live in peace again

It’s been years, so if it’s not too much to ask for Santa, the world could really use some men (and women) of good will living in peace.

Merry Christmas, dear readers. Or Merry Waffle Iron Day. Whichever one you celebrate, I wish you health, happiness, peace, love and waffles.

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  • Have a Merry Christmas to you, Jepeto and the boys. 

    That song has also been my favourite. Could be because it’s Bowie.

  • What, you didn’t wrap up a chocolate cheesecake for yourself to open on Christmas Day?  Shame on you!

    No worries.  Christmas isn’t all about the presents anyway.

    To you and the “gang”, have yourselves a merry one!

  • No chocolate cheesecake, but plenty of chocolate and creme caramel and apple pie and… 🙂

    Christmas isn’t about the presents?! What?!

    Thanks Dozo!

  • Thanks Shawn! Yup, always did like Bowie, but together with Bing, they were (are) an awesome duo.

  • Hope you’re having a wonderful Christmas 🙂

  • Look at you all “Merry Christmas and good will to all men”! I like this side of you, all tender and introspective. Makes me sort of ashamed of my Christmas post where I flip my kids the bird. Joyeux Noel ma belle!

  • Thanks Babs! Hope you and Mo had a great one too. 🙂

  • Aw, I can’t take too much credit for this. If you hadn’t written about flipping your kids the bird already, I would have. And I don’t have mittens. 🙂

    Bonne année, ma chouette!

  • Are we sure Bowie’s really human?
    He’s one of the weirdest looking dudes ever.
    Bing looks like he’s thinking “Who IS this guy?”

  • I love you, Nicky. Merry Christmas, my friend. xoxoxo

  • He is as You made him God. I always just assumed You took some creative license with that particular mold. As for Bing, the scene was shot very shortly before he died (I think about a month) so I think that may be why he seems a little out of it.

  • I hope you Jepeto and the boys had a wonderful Christmas.  And I also hope you have a bright New Year!  And I wish you had just come down my Chimney and if you had, I wouldn’t care about Santa Claus at all!  Come and see my my pretty little Canadian!  This was such a sweet post.  And I don’t even have pepper spray but I do sic my dogs on bad people.  (No I don’t.  And they are good dogs anyway.)

  • I love you too, Meleah. Sofa king much 🙂 xoxoxoxo

  • 🙂

  • We did have a wonderful Christmas, hon. And, good grief, how we ate! If I tried to come down your chimney, I’d have gotten stuck and made a spectacle of myself! 🙂

    I haven’t given up on my plans to visit CA. The new job prevented me from being able to go in September, but I think this spring might be feasible.

    Your puppies are so sweet! I love the newest addition, he’s gorgeous.

  • How Alex and I would love to have you  visit.  And you can bring your whole family if you wish.  We have room.

    Please think about coming!  And you walking into a room is a spectacle, a gorgeous one.  Coming down a chimney, even sooty, you’d be a glory!

  • SPRING!!!!   I can hardly wait.   

  • Bowie looks like a Vulcan and Bing looks like Yoda.   But if you close your eyes and just listen…  Lovely.

    Your Christmas sounds like it was merry and bright and all the wonderful things you so deserve.   Hope my book made it north in good time.


  • Dang, man, Nicky – you said it. I only hope that everyone sees how idiotic, petty, narrow-minded, bitter, bad agenda-filled and hateful Palin sounds. Amen on the doing right vs. being right.

  • I’m more than thinking about it! We’ve been talking about this for so long, it’s time to take action 🙂

  • Only 4 or so snow-filled months – I’m sure it will fly by 🙂

  • I really want you to come!  We’d have a wonderful time, I promise!

  • Bowie was always a freak, but what a voice! And, as I mentioned in a previous comment, Bing was only a month away from the grave, so he was not his usual dapper self. But they did sing that song beautifully and I still get a little mushy when I hear it.

    Our Christmas really was lovely, and your book made it in plenty of time to be the book I curled up with while the kids were busy with their new toys 🙂 

  • Thanks Margaret! It really did blow my mind that she would actually criticize their Christmas card. If she was really so big on traditions and values, I would think she would be the first to demonstrate some holiday spirit!

    I hope you had a wonderful Christmas, my dear. All the best for the New Year!

  • Mikewj

    Merry Christmas, Nicky. And no, I’m not late. I’m early.

  • Happy Belated Easter Mike. 🙂

  • Anonymous

    That was good. You made me laugh.

  • Thanks. I’m here all week.


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