Posts Tagged 'christmas'

‘Tis the Season… For Punching Jewelers

The stretch between Thanksgiving Week and New Years Day is my favorite time of the year. It’s festive, there’s a whole different set of music to listen to, people decorate the outside of their homes in festive and sometimes breathtaking ways, and you get to eat lots of really fantastic food.

There are a few drawbacks to the holiday season, though. People out and about in public are grumpier, going shopping means braving the crazed masses, and those awful lawn-balloon decorations. Ms. Jessica over at Female Parts reminded me of yet another. The holiday season overlaps with another season that I refer to as “Jewelry commercial season,” which stretches from a couple of weeks before Thanksgiving all the way to Valentine’s Day. This is when all of the jewelry commercials come out in full force after eight months of hibernation.

These are some of the worst commercials on the face of the planet. They try to be sentimental and touching, but instead they come off as contrived, trite, and ridiculous (see the “PS” in the link posted above). You come to Christmas Day and you think you’re free… But noooooo, you’ve still got another month and a half of unbearable pseudo-sentimentality! Their holiday season culminates in February. I see these ads and the last thing in my mind is rushing out to purchase some jewelry for my wife. Instead, all I want to do is give “Kay” a Glasgow kiss, drop kick anyone who “went to Jared,” and sweep the leg on Vanessa Carlton. Happy friggin’ Holidays.

A Very Merry Christmas To You

But there will be no more gloom for her who was in anguish; in earlier times He treated the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali with contempt, but later He shall make it glorious, by the way of the sea, on the other side of the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles.

The people who walked in darkness
Have seen a great light;
Those who dwelt in the land of the shadow of death,
Upon them a light has shined.
You have multiplied the nation
And increased its joy;
They rejoice before You
According to the joy of the harvest,
As men rejoice when they divide the spoil.

For You have broken the yoke of his burden
And the staff of his shoulder,
The rod of his oppressor,
As in the day of Midian.
For every warrior’s sandal from the noisy battle,
And garments rolled in blood,
Will be used for burning and fuel of fire.

For unto us a Child is born,
Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the increase of His government and peace
There will be no end,
Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom,
To order it and establish it with judgment and justice
From that time forward, even forever.
The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.

Merry Christmas to everyone. May you find joy and peace this day.