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Raging Pencils by Mike "Lefty" Stanfill

The Family Circus Homicide Advent Calendar, Day Twenty-one: Circling the drain.

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Xmas in July

xmas in julyI celebrated Xmas this past weekend. There's a reason for that.

Y'see, the Stanfill family is a massive one, a result of my dear old Dad's unyielding passion for dear old Mom. They, in fact, popped out eight kids over an impressively short period of about twelve years.

I do not recommend you try this. The dental bills alone will kill ya.

The sibs eventually all left the nest but, regardless of where we settled down, come Xmas Day we'd all navigate back to Mother's house and have a rollicking time exchanging crappy gifts.

Then we kids all started building families of our own, some which now boast grandkids, and we quickly discovered that making the Big Haul to Mom's house on Xmas Day was quickly becoming a Big Fat Chore.

So now we meet the week before Xmas, and it's great! No long lines at the airports, the liquor stores are all open and we can run to the mall for a quick gift if an unexpected relative shows up.

It's such a good idea that I think everyone should do it, if for no other reason than it would eventually fatally undermine Xmas itself. You see, first we'll all celebrate it a week earlier, then subsequent generations will push that date back a week, too. Given enough time we could spread Xmas all over the calendar.

It's at this point I should remind everyone that Jesus was not born late December but in the spring. It was the Catholic Church's need to usurp a perfectly good pagan Saturnalia that led them to fudge the birth certificate a little. And in Australia it's currently the middle of summer.

So if you're really a good Xtian you should really celebrate Xmas in April anyway. Please do, in fact.

The rest of you? Pick your own day to celebrate Xmas and go for it. If religion can make up its own rules then so can you.


I'd like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who's heeded my pleas to support their local food banks. And for those who yet waver on this issue there's still time to feed a hungry family. So take a moment to head over to Feeding America and let them help you help others.

And thanks.


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