That’s Right Nate

Thoughts from a right thinker.

Christmas is for the Family

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Please excuse me for the tone of this particular blog entry.   It seems I ran out of egg nog and have been drinking straight rum since 2PM.  Anyway, Christmas Eve is the tradition for me.   I get my daughter Emily for Christmas Eve and it’s beautiful.   This year she got me a talking Ronald Reagan action figure and I got her an elliptical machine.  It can be difficult giving the practical gifts and letting her mom give her the stuff she actually wants, but at only 5’7″ and tipping the scales at 120 pounds, I think she can really use the exercise machine.  I love my Ronald Reagan.

I always spend Christmas Day the same way–watching the movie Taxi Driver.  I’ve seen it 4 times so far today and I think I’ll put it in another  before bed.   I really love the movie and it’s become such a Christmas tradition since my wife left me.   I’m sorry to say that Christmas kind of stinks anymore because it’s become a socialist holiday.   I remember when I was a kid, I didn’t get anything from Santa 4 times before the age of 10.   The reason is, my father didn’t think I was very good those years.  Nowadays kids just expect that they’ll get a toy every year.   This rum is really good.

Christmas (or for my Jewish readers Hanukkah) gives people the feeling of renewal–the belief that mankind can be saved by a small child.   2009 may not have been a great year for many of us, but I hope that 2010 will find things much improved.   Your presence on this blog has been a great gift for me and if you might tell a friend or two about it, it would be even sweeter.  In the next week we’ll find out the nominees for this year’s Natie awards celebrating the best in blogging over the past year.  Remember the story of it’s a Wonderful Life and how much good one man can do if he’s willing to give up on world travel to get into banking and give mortgages to people that other banks believe are too risky.

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Written by thatsrightnate

December 25, 2009 at 7:05 pm

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  1. A couple questions for you. Was the comment about your daughter needing an exercise machine sarcastic or serious? From your stated height and weight, she sounds perfectly healthy. And I’d love your explanation of how Christmas, arguably the most capitalistic and commercialized of all our western holidays, is now socialist. Thanks for your thoughts.

    zenaloha

    December 27, 2009 at 2:19 pm

  2. I don’t put much stock in those liberal height and weight charts. If you look at the models and a-list actresses, you can tell that she has about 20 pounds to lose.

    Christmas has become socialism because people no longer have to earn presents. There is no naughty and nice list. Presents have become a simple redistribution of the wealth.

    thatsrightnate

    December 27, 2009 at 2:59 pm


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