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GrumpySteen

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Icon 12 posted December 19, 2001 09:00      Profile for GrumpySteen     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
You know Dasher and Dancer,
and Prancer and Vixen,
Comet and Cupid,
and Donner and Blitzen,
But do you recall
The most famous reindeer of all?

Lots of other interesting Christmas legends can be found on snopes.com, including what has to be the ultimate regifting story.


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homesalad
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Icon 1 posted December 19, 2001 16:02      Profile for homesalad     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Humph. I did not know that. I wonder how much further you have to go back in time to find out when the first christmas was celebrated? Was it in the first year of the Current Era (1 AD)?

This just serves as more evidence that most of our holidays are invented by corporations to make us buy stuff. Case in Point: Mother's/Father's Day, Valentines Day...


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greycat

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Icon 1 posted December 20, 2001 10:22      Profile for greycat   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
You're thinking of Sweetest Day, which was created by greeting card companies. Valentine's Day has been around a bit longer.
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Icon 1 posted December 20, 2001 11:21      Profile for greycat   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
By the way, a Google search for origin of Christmas turns up some rather informative links. Not all of them agree in detail -- so you'll have to judge them yourself.
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sniper
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Icon 1 posted December 21, 2001 14:00      Profile for sniper   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
i say valentine's day was invented by a corporation.

think aboot it; if neither of the two saint valentines were ever wed, why is valentine's day a love/romance holiday?

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GrumpySteen

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Icon 1 posted December 21, 2001 15:57      Profile for GrumpySteen     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Who cares if a corporation invented the idea? It really doesn't matter, if you think about it for a few minutes.

How you celebrate various holidays is your own choice. I enjoy having a holiday where I give gifts to my loved ones. I enjoy sending a special love note and some home made sweets to a gf when I have one on February 14th (plus my birthday is less than 2 weeks later, so it's a great excuse for making sure that my gift is a nice one if only due to guilt). I enjoy taking a day to contemplate my life and give thanks for the good things that have happened and the bad things that I've avoided. For that matter, I tend to make a point of spending some time outdoors appreciating nature on both solstices and equinoxes (btw, happy winter solstice, y'all, hope it was a good one).

The bottom line is that special days through the year are a great excuse to celebrate various things whether you participate in the commercialization of those days or not. If you don't like the idea of having special days and celebrations in your life, then I wish you well and hope you're happy as you trudge through each boring, monotonous year of your life. I intend to keep celebrating.


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platypus
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Icon 1 posted December 21, 2001 17:21      Profile for platypus   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Amen.

I find the whining about how commercial holidays have gotten to be much more annoying than the commercialization itself.

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