With Christmas coming up, I want to give myself the gift of rambling.
First, I still believe in the spirit of our highly-commercialized and pagan-festival-orientated holiday. Puritans outlawed it for having nothing to do with the birth of Christ, but we don't have any great indication of when that happened exactly, so why not now? Why not celebrate during the winter solstice, when the world (or at least our hemisphere of it) is at its darkest, acknowledge and hold up light, goodness, and love. Christ was and is about reconciling people to God - and, yes, Virginia, I do believe in God, and showing them how much they are loved. Not condemned, not hated, not excluded, not marginalized.
And I believe in the transformative power of God's love (along with action on our part) to change the hearts and minds of those who want to practice (and legalize) their bigotry, ignorance, and intolerance. I'm tempted to fully elaborate my "darkest before the dawn / light in darkness" allegory to the currrent state of all things gay in America, but I won't, as my holiday gift to you.
Christmas carols - I love them, but rarely the ones I love the most. They're all great except Jingle Bell Rock which must be pre-programmed to play just as I turn on the radio. But my very, very favorites are rarely heard.
Good King Wenceslas
Do You Hear What I Hear
We Three Kings
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
I just realized my top three carols all involve kings - queen envy perhaps?
And what tops my Christmas list this year, he says in full-commercialized, pagan-holiday reborn mode?
The Culture of Fear: Why Americans Are Afraid of the Wrong Things
The Ultimate Matrix Collection
The Art of the Incredibles
Looney Tunes Vol 2 DVD
The Complete Far Side
The True History of Chocolate
All of that just for a peek inside my twisted little mind, not so that you'll go to Amazon and look up my wish list and order me something. No really. Aww, you shouldn't have.