...and all through the land...people clamored to know, "O, when will it end?!"
"The answer's contained in the statement, my dear,
So hurry and watch those shows on TV!
The halls all need decking, and so does the tree!
But somewhere amidst all the sparkle and shine,
The tumult and chaos that's stealing your time,
Take a moment or two for calm meditation;
Remember the Reason for this celebration.
The lights and the glitter are all well and good,
The ornaments, presents, songs and the food...
They're really just heralds for our Newborn King.
But never forget God's gift from above.
With shepherds and Angels we echo it still,
"Glory to God, peace on earth and good will."
As you may have surmised, this past week we did in fact continue watching our traditional Christmas movies and shows...
...along with some of the Hallmark variety...and while those can lend new meaning to the word "obvious", they do typically deliver a consistent couple of hours of light entertainment.
With challenging problems like finding someone to play Santa in the town Santa parade or convincing 10 year old Muffy that Santa really is real - no, really! He's real! - you're not going to achieve the 4th level of Arahant...
...but if you're not too picky you will see a couple of attractive people - who live in attractive surroundings with attractive friends, have attractive jobs and occupy attractive homes - become attracted to each other, then un-attracted to each other, then finally attracted to each other again - no, I mean for good this time - at which point they'll cue the swelling music as our attractive heroes share an attractive kiss, annnnnnnd - cut!
|I dare ya...no, I ding dang diggety dong double dog dare ya...|
Hey, I actually enjoy some of the Hallmark movies, especially in these depressing times...it's nice to unplug for a couple of hours and escape.
So go ahead...take a flyer and watch a few...
In the happy news department, Mandy from The Retro Revival sent me some pics of our Philco V-handle’s reattached V-handle, to wit:
It's the most complicated door mechanism of its era, and Mandy reported it was a real treat getting it installed again.
Thankfully they did so successfully and the re-assembly process of our baby continues.
As I'm sure you know, the big yank about these refrigerators is they open from both the left and the right side depending upon which end of the V handle you press.
And while the exact same refrigerator was marketed under a different model number with a regular handle, it's the iconic V handle that makes it the holy grail for us mid century modern enthusiasts.
Très cool, oui?
...and complete your Christmas shopping, we should take a leisurely stroll through the parting shots department...
|enjoying the fire in some flurries|
|Franky in his holiday attire|
|basic sales 101|
|when hope and reality collide|
|why not do both?|
|better to have Kitty under the tree than in it I guess|
For those of you who still care about the state of our constitutional republic, I have to admit things are looking grim.
Short of a miracle, it's starting to appear that a corrupt imbecile and his communist running mate - neither of whom could draw a crowd in the subway at rush hour - will have cheated their way into the highest offices in the land.
The people - and I mean all of us on both sides of the political spectrum - will henceforth have no say in who our "elected" (wink wink nudge nudge) leaders are.
Barring implementation of martial law and the Insurrection Act, we're headed for one party rule and the end of the republic as founded 244 years ago.
It was a good run, I guess.
For those who don't really care and are just glad "they won": you lost. We all did. That truth will become sadly, maybe even violently evident in the days ahead. (helpful hint: start learning Mandarin.)
For those who have faith in the God of the universe, take heart: He's still in control and will still care for His people. He always has, no matter the fiery trials He's allowed through the centuries.
There could be some of those in our not too distant future.
But for now - it’s Christmas time...
...and we should do our best to lay aside our cares and concerns and celebrate a truly Joyeux Noel!
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