Posts Tagged ‘christmas’

#@$%!!!!!

December 22, 2011

What the hell? Twenty-four straight days of posting (mostly) and then I miss most of December? Well, there’s two reasons why I’ve been silent on WordPress and I think they’re pretty much legit.

1)   Needed a break from the daily posts.

I never did a Thanksgiving countdown before and I wanted to give it some justice. I could have easily posted a picture with a comment on most days, and I have seen other blogs do things like that. I don’t knock those blogs at all, but I wanted to do a little bit more. I wanted to post something that web surfers would actually want to read. I figured that a post around 500 words would be best for well-rounded articles. Sometimes I had to write and post them in one sitting, which include the time sucking tasks of searching and editing of pictures. Don’t get me wrong though because I’m certainly not complaining or whining about the task. I actually had fun with the posts but they can be draining. After my last post, I was a little bit sad that it was over, yet I was mentally exhausted. My word count for the month was at least over 10,000. I’m not used to writing so much.

2)   Hell bound Semester.

I just finished the first semester of my senior year in college and while the Major classes are usually winding down at that time, I took a senior seminar class in Philosophy. I had a full schedule which included another Philosophy class, the second Spanish course, and Piano I. I still don’t know what the hell I was thinking when I made the class schedule. Hell, I am not graduating with honors, so the senior seminar wasn’t even necessary.

Yes, there were many So-Crates jokes.

In addition, I suck at Spanish. I took the first class my freshman year and then waited until my senior year to take the second. Yeah, I know, stupid me. And as an elective, I took Piano I since I have a keyboard that is collecting dust. That was pretty fun since I did not know much of anything with pianos and now I can play and read several songs. As fun as learning piano is, it definitely takes discipline. I had to make sure I practiced at least an hour every day or else it would show that I slacked off when I played the exercise in front of the class every week. Pressure!

Yanni

I’m coming for you, Yanni! Betta watch yo back!

This coming semester should be a piece of cake since I finished my Majors and now have to take BullShizzle classes. Still, with all the bad choices I made for myself when it comes to college workload, I’m surprised I don’t have a drug or alcohol problem. I’ll have a beer once in a while to take off the edge but it’s obvious I don’t think ahead when making choices. I mean, I did decide to do a Thanksgiving countdown with an insane amount of course work due.

Finally, I’ve been following other blogs that have Christmas themed posts, messing with my new Nintendo 3DS, and reading books. I slowed down drastically with Television because of my school business and have to catch up on Christmas classics. Talk to you later.

Norman Rockwell

November 18, 2011

During the Twentieth Century the vision of American Thanksgiving was Norman Rockwell’s. His work has become famous throughout the United States and eventually gained international fame. He was a painter and illustrator who made art based on American culture. Much of his most famous work usually involved holidays; the big ones being Christmas and Thanksgiving. A popular Christmas painting is “Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas,” which depicts Stockbridge during Christmastime and is used as a model for every Christmas cartoon released.

“Here comes Santa, Frosty! Tell the Who’s to get the clock tower working!”

The main street setting is what people think of when they think of small town Christmas celebrations. You see Christmas cards with this kind of town art all the time. Even Andy Farmer staged a Norman Rockwell town setting in order to sell his farm house in the movie, “Funny Farm.”

 Sheep Balls!

Most people in America have seen a Norman Rockwell painting without realizing it. They were popular because they were good. In the past, much entertainment came from reading, not the internet or television. Can you imagine? What a backward time that was. I wanted to use this blog post to share some Thanksgiving paintings created by Rockwell many years ago.

Freedom from want.

This has to be one of Mr. Rockwell’s most famous paintings and is an iconic image of Thanksgiving. It was part of a World War II Freedom series and shows that even in the face of global opposition, Americans were still blessed. He does this by showing that an idealized Thanksgiving. A Thanksgiving blessed by having awesome giant turkeys.

Cousin Reginald Catches the Thanksgiving Turkey

This painting displays “Cousin Reginald” trying to catch a turkey for their Thanksgiving day feast. I’ll never know why they sent such a nerdy child to catch this behemoth turkey. It must be their effort to toughen up soft-looking Reginald, and they didn’t have to worry about child protection agencies back then, so that’s a bonus.

A Pilgrim’s ProgressPilgrim's Progress

This painting is funny. Apparently, a young pilgrim is stealing a turkey from Native Americans and they’re shooting arrows at her. While this was probably cute back then, painting this today would be a career-ender. Today’s culture is too politically correct to enjoy something like this. Even me, when I look at it, I kind of like it and yet I can’t help but put my hand to my mouth and say, “ooooooooo.”

Mother and Son Peeling Potatoes

This one was painted in the 1940′s and shows a soldier home from the war helping his mother peel potatoes. If the story of peeling potatoes in the military is true, he is probably schooling his mom by skinning those taters like a damn machine and laughing at her while she keeps getting razor cuts and bleeding on the potatoes. Lay off, dude.

Uncrating the Turkey

The title is self-explanatory. I like that this man, who reminds me of Don Draper, can dress sharp and still handle a dead turkey. Manliness for the win!

Thanksgiving is less than a week away. Got your turkey yet?

Symbolic Parade Ending

November 7, 2011

Even before Halloween arrives, Christmas decorations are sold and put up in anticipation of the Christmas season. I went into Macy’s a week before Haloween and there was a section with several Christmas trees decorated and Christmas music was playing. The Christmas season encroaching on Halloween is rather annoying, but what makes it worse is that retailers are completely looking over Thanksgiving. This is especially glaring considering this city hosts the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. I like Christmas and I even put up the Christmas tree on Thanksgiving Day if I’m in the mood, but I give due props to one of the coolest holidays of the year: Thanksgiving.

This is getting crazy.

After Halloween, autumn is still in full effect and most areas don’t see snow for a while. I like to look forward to Thanksgiving while enoying the cooler weather and watching the rest of the brown leaves fall off the trees. I’m writing this a few days before Halloween and most of the trees where I live are full of leaves. It feels too weird to look forward to Christmas or even listen to Christmas music when it still feels like the middle of fall. Also, Thanksgiving has its own merits; enough so that people shouldn’t dismiss it.

It’s still Autumn, guys. Take it easy.

Santa Claus is always at the end of the Thanksgiving parade and I think that it is fitting for him to be there. I’ve heard the parde commentators state countless times that Santa at the parade is the symbolic start to the Christmas holiday season. And that makes sense considering there are no more major holidays after Thanksgiving until then, and that one of the biggest shopping days, Black Friday, is the following day. It’s also tradition for Santa to end the parade. Kris Kringle had a major part at the parade in Miracle on 34th street and that movie is celebrated every year as a classic.

The old movie is better.

One more reason why I like to wait for Thanksgiving and hold off on Christmas stuff is because of burnout. If you think about it, most of the Christmas songs are the same and they can get tired if you keep listening to them early in November. I’ve done things like drink eggnog and put up decorations early and you konw what? By the time Christmas day finally showed up, it was no big deal. I was all burnt out from Christmas things. It is best to wait till late November before the carol station get turned on. There are a lot of Christmas television shows and movies, so it’s not bad to have a major movie countdown every day until, but even that should be in moderation.

Too much Christmas will make you crazy.

So it’s okay to look forward to Christmas, just give Thanksgiving its proper anticipation as well. You’ll find that there are many things to look forward to on Turkey day, as well as enjoying the Christmas season in due time.

Ummm, unless you live in Canada. Or anywhere else.

Okay, now put up the lights!


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