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  • Merry Christmas!

    Posted by Ralf Goergens on December 24th, 2011 (All posts by )

    I wish my fellow Chicagoboyz (who thankfully haven`t had me hauled in for being AWOL yet, although they have every reason to [I`ll come in from the cold sooner or later, but not just now]) and our readers a Merry Christmas.

    P.S: Don`t let the aniti-capitalist message of Charles Dickens` “A Christmas Carol” get to you.

    P.P.S: I missed Thanksgiving, so consequently also didn`t wish you all a Happy Same. To make up for my oversight, I`ll paraphrase Ludwig Wittgenstein in wishing you all the very essence of turkeyness for the rest of your lifes (if and when you want it, that is – I`ll leave coercion to agents of the state).


    11 Responses to “Merry Christmas!”

    1. Jonathan Says:

      Thanks, Ralf. And a Merry Christmas right back at you!

      (And no worries about posting, you are welcome any time.)

    2. Ralf Goergens Says:

      Thank you, Jonathan!

    3. Tatyana Says:

      Likewise, Ralf.
      Always glad to see your [rare] posts.
      Speaking of Christmas festivities and menu, here’s something you might laugh at as I did.

    4. Dan from Madison Says:

      Thanks Ralf, good to hear from you again. Looking forward to more interesting posts on Germany in the future.

    5. Helen Says:

      And the same to you, Ralf. The trouble with Dickens is that he had no understanding of economics and no admiration for work, though he was, himself, a workaholic. Bah-humbug!

    6. Ralf Goergens Says:

      Also thanks to Tatyana, Helen and Dan.

      Tatyana, thank you for the link. Amusing indeed, but of course not everybody will understand the allusions.

    7. Ralf Goergens Says:

      Helen, it seems that Dickens was trying to restablish forgotten Christmas traditions and he might be forgiven if the story is regarded as a first fumbling attempt to do so (it seems that my mother`s cooking has put me into a forgiving mood).

    8. Lexington Green Says:

      Ralf, do you know this one: Merry Christmas Fritz, a punk rock commemoration of the legendary unofficial Christmas truce in 1914. “If you promise not to shoot, we promise to follow suit.”

    9. Ralf Goergens Says:

      No Lex, I didn`t know that one. Thanks!

    10. Michael Kennedy Says:

      There were Christmas truces in the Cicil War as well as WWI.

    11. Ralf Goergens Says:

      I didn`t know that, thank you.

      In one his alternative history novels, Harry Turtledove has Confederate and Union soldiers play American Football during a Christmas truce during the WW I era (in this particular history/timeline, the Confederacy had won the Civil War and this was the second time both sides fought wars against each other since then), so this was a replay of the Civil War truce in more than one way.