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Happy Christmas to all!

by Frank Schnittger Sat Dec 25th, 2021 at 09:52:15 AM EST

On behalf of European Tribune, may be wish all of our readers and contributors here a happy Christmas, season's greetings, winter solstice or whatever way you like to characterise or frame it yourself!  

It's been a tough year for most of us, with Covid and associated social restrictions making life difficult for many of us, and tragic, awful, or lonely for some. Here's to wishing for you that next year will offer more hope, health and happiness to all, with more effective vaccines and treatments for those who fall ill.

The pandemic has also reminded us of the importance of our social bonds as friends, relatives and citizens and the dangers of the extreme individualism, selfishness, egotism and narcissism of the few who refuse to accept any of their social responsibilities.

In an age of consumerism, perhaps the best gift we can give each other is the space and respect we need to keep well. Keep safe, good friends, until we can meet up again!

In face of forces beyond our control, an instinct of survival is triggered. Cohesion within family and close friends becomes important. Digital education for kids and parents at work from home, opens for many a new world. Character counts.

Thank you and for so many to keep ET alive and running ... still a Place to Meet and discuss today's issues in a broad perspective.

Christmas is for me personally a theme of peace and connection between people. Looking forward and not to past disappointments. There is still a large majority who care and offer support to families in need. The pandemic placed inequality in stark contrast with the very wealthy and triumph of narcissism.

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Sat Dec 25th, 2021 at 10:32:00 AM EST

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Sat Dec 25th, 2021 at 10:32:25 AM EST
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There is nothing like a crisis of this magnitude to make clear whose job is really no "bullshit job", and yet, tend to be, all too often, at the lower end of our social scale.

Equally revealing, as you mentioned, those who do not feel any responsibility not to propagate a potentially deadly virus, or easily subscribe to any theory from some "video on the Internet". They say that wars do highlight both the best and the worst in human nature; this pandemic has done the same, apparently.

Happy holidays to all and keep safe.

by Bernard (bernard) on Sat Dec 25th, 2021 at 06:03:57 PM EST
It matters little whether Jesus was born at Nazareth or Bethlehem. The accounts conflict, but the point is of no consequence.

It is of consequence, however, that He was born in a stable and cradled in a manger. This fact of itself, about which there is no question, certifies conclusively the proletarian character of Jesus Christ. Had His parents been other than poor working people -- money changers, usurers, merchants, lawyers, scribes, priests, or other parasites -- He would not have been delivered from His mother's womb on a bed of straw in a stable among asses and other animals.

(By Eugene Debs)
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sat Dec 25th, 2021 at 08:30:43 PM EST
Why is Japan obsessed with KFC on Christmas?
"By 1974, the company's Christmas campaign had gone nationwide under the slogan 'Kentucky for Christmas.'"
by Cat on Sun Dec 26th, 2021 at 07:37:52 PM EST
Japanese are obsessed with KFC, period. It's not just Christmas. No idea why.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sun Dec 26th, 2021 at 07:45:09 PM EST
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Wow, Japan is way behind the times! Over here, KFC was a big deal a couple of decades ago, then it was Chick-fil-A, then Popeye's, then Church's, now Raisin' Cane's.
by asdf on Mon Dec 27th, 2021 at 12:07:00 AM EST
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A little linguistic tidbit: In english "Yule" is used to reference the pagan, pre-christian midwinter holiday. In many north germanic (and some not so germanic) languages, versions of the word "Yule" - like the Swedish "Jul" - references the christian midwinter holiday, while other terms are used to reference the previous holiday, like in Swedish midvinterblot, the midwinter sacrifice.

So, have a good Jul, no matter what it means to you!

by fjallstrom on Sun Dec 26th, 2021 at 10:47:00 PM EST

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