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Posts for December, 2013

Have a very merry Christmas

Timothy Kincaid

December 24th, 2013

Considering all the excitement of the past week, Christmas seems almost anticlimactic. But here’s wishing that your joys at Christmas are as wondrous as the lead up has been.

Who is the real Santa Claus?

Timothy Kincaid

December 25th, 2010

In 1947 Christmas classic Miracle on 34th Street, an elderly store Santa declares that he is Kris Kringle, the real Santa Clause. Seeing something special in Kris, attorney Fred Gailey seeks to keep him from being declared mentally incompetent and a menace to society by proving in court that he truly is Santa Claus. And in the process he finds an authority to which to appeal to make his case: the US Post Office.

Again this year the US Post Office has somehow found Santa Claus alive and well in New York City. The Times tells us how.

Merry Christmas – 2010

Timothy Kincaid

December 24th, 2010

My Christmas 2008

Timothy Kincaid

December 26th, 2008

This year was one of both pleasant and challenging experiences.

On Christmas Eve, I found myself at the home of a lovely woman. I was having a wonderful time when this woman’s son’s girlfriend announced that she had voted for Proposition 8. This was said loudly and proudly to the four gay people in the room.

I found myself unsure what to do. Frankly, I was shocked. I tried to pull myself out of the group and the girl came over to explain her position. She thought, “If they let two men marry, they might as well let three or four”.

Now this was coming from a girl who was waiting for the father of her daughter to finish Christmas Eve with his two other girlfriends, one of whom he lived with and the other of whom is pregnant. I found it more than a little perplexing that she felt entitled to an opinion about the legal rights of gay relationships.

And any efforts to make her realize that this was not abstract or theoretical but that she had voted to deny rights to people right there in the room only yielded her polygamy response. I finally realized that there was not going to be a rational meeting of minds and settled for the agreement that discrimination is not pleasant to the recipient, regardless of the reasons – though no empathy was present in that concession.

We went on with the evening – a meeting of very different cultures – and I found that I did enjoy the night. I even found that I enjoyed this particular girl.

I wonder if my response was correct.

I was a guest in someone’s home and at no point did anyone treat me with overt bigotry. Yet, someone sat and looked me in the face and told me that she had voted to make me inferior. Proudly. And no argument would sway the certainty of her position.

On the other hand, Christmas Day was delightful and without any conflict. It was a gathering of gay men (and a straight woman) for a delicious dinner, conversation, and watching (or, really, talking over) movies.

We also found that Oxygen On Demand had a karaoke channel which had Christmas songs. And I think the high point of the day was belting out Christmas Carols and seeing black and white, Christian and Jewish and Muslim and Native, singles and couples, all joining together in trying to reach the high notes on O Holy Night (Celene Dion version).

I hope that all of you enjoyed the holiday as much as I did.

Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

Jim Burroway

December 24th, 2008

Judy Garland’s 1963 Christmas special:
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With Jack Jones, daughter Liza, and tap dancing Santas:
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With Mel Torme:
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What Do You Want For Christmas?

Jim Burroway

December 24th, 2008

Now you’ve done it. You’ve waited until the last minute. What’s left? It’s Slinky!

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More Christmas ideas here.

What Do You Want For Christmas?

Jim Burroway

December 23rd, 2008

This amazing toy brought no end of entertainment to our family in 1978.

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What Do You Want For Christmas?

Jim Burroway

December 22nd, 2008

I’m 47 years old, and this is still at the top of my list.

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What Do You Want For Christmas?

Jim Burroway

December 22nd, 2008

It all started at the dance…

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What Do You Want For Christmas?

Jim Burroway

December 21st, 2008

Some games are timeless.

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What Do You Want For Christmas?

Jim Burroway

December 20th, 2008

The iPod generation has nothing on this.

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What Do You Want For Christmas?

Jim Burroway

December 19th, 2008

Before potatoes were plastic –

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What Do You Want For Christmas?

Jim Burroway

December 19th, 2008

I wonder if this is where Thomas Kinkade got the idea of “beautiful pictures with light.”

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What Do You Want For Christmas?

Jim Burroway

December 18th, 2008

I need a Coke. Bad.

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What Do You Want For Christmas?

Jim Burroway

December 18th, 2008

This one’s for Wayne Besen.

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