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Merry Christmas, if you’re into that sort of thing!

It’s been a rough fucking year for all of us except for the billionaires who somehow managed to become even more billionairy. So take a few moments to reflect on the things that have gone right. And let’s hope the new year is better.

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John Strycharz
John Strycharz
1 month ago

Thanks David, for your work, and Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays to all the wonderful folks who read and post here at The Mammoth. 🎅🏼🙋🏻‍♂️💁🏿‍♀️🥂

Lizzie
Lizzie
1 month ago

And we seriously appreciate what you do, David! (I say this from the future, it is Boxing Day here in Australia)

Alan Robertshaw
1 month ago

I’m spending Christmas with Linda; or as I call her Bitey McMurder Dog. She’s a Romanian rescue who hates men. So my job is just to hang out with her and get bitten. She’s had a rough time though so she’s entitled to a bit of a chomp.

And now, despite the occasional evil eye and growl, we’re managing to sit a few feet apart relatively cordially.

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Naglfar
Naglfar
1 month ago

Joining the chorus of voices thanking David, we’re very thankful for your work.

Alan Robertshaw
1 month ago

Happy Christmas David!!!

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Crip Dyke
1 month ago

Thanks to David & Happy Day to Alan & Bitey McMurder Dog!

I, too, am of the opinion that domesticated animals are entitled to bite every now and again if we don’t live up to the human end of the domestication bargain.

Crip Dyke
1 month ago

Also, too:

Full Metal Ox
1 month ago

@Crip Dyke:

Lao Ban Santa’s myriad duties probably include ensuring that Jewish people (and others who don’t observe Christmas) get fed and entertained on December 25th:

Yutolia the Laissez-Fairy Pronoun Boner
Yutolia the Laissez-Fairy Pronoun Boner
1 month ago

Thanks for the awesome site David! Thanks for the awesome community everyone else!

masque d'etoiles
masque d'etoiles
1 month ago

@Alan Robertshaw, you’re a good egg. Thank you for patiently and kindly working with Linda and her understandable issues.

It’s Chinese food day here as well, and it’s on the way as I type. Huzzah!

@Lizzie, this is a very good year to hear from the future. Boxing Day is grand, but even better will be hearing from 2021, kicking ’20 to the curb.

May we continue to look forward to something better, as we mark this holiday season by our own baseline survival. Wishes for health and continued resourcefulness to all of you.

epitome of incomrepehensibility

@David Futrelle – You too, thanks for this site!!

For the first time in years my family “had Christmas” on the 25th. Usually we do presents/dinner later to fit it around others’ vacation schedules – not an issue this time.

First year my boyfriend was over for Christmas – the only guest allowed as per pandemic “red zone” rules in Quebec.

I missed my cousin, who’s usually there, but I talked to her on the phone, plus my aunt I haven’t talked to in ages. (I’d written to her asking for some stories I might use as sort of background for my novel.) And L., the cousin, was saying that because she couldn’t be with us she’d convinced her mom to cook some turkey for Christmas.

My brother: “But did you do anything with her for Hanukkah?”

L.: “Yeah, we ate latkes.”

At least there’s food. I mean that! Food shortages on top of a pandemic would be disastrous, so thank random luck that’s not the case here. And we did see snow – it was a record-breaking high of 13 Celsius (!) during the day, but it started snowing in the evening.

Gwynfydd
Gwynfydd
1 month ago

Thanks so very much to you David, and for everything you do here – you’re an example of one of the great things this year that have kept me going! And everyone else here too, thank you too.

As Scotland moves into a new lockdown, my partner and I just had a very quiet Christmas Day together.

I’ve been so grateful for them and their company throughout this whole I, and their humour, their persistence and all of who they are.

I’ve found a resurgence in my writing and poetry during the pandemic, and joined a wonderfully supportive gothic writing group (international in make up and all about diversity), called Romancing the Gothic. They run amazing classes and talks for free here and have been a lifeline for me:

https://romancingthegothic.com/

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Kat, ambassador, feminist revolution (in exile)
Kat, ambassador, feminist revolution (in exile)
1 month ago

Thanks, David, for WHTM during this challenging year.

Alan, thanks for being the guy that babysits the McMurder dog on Christmas. Ouch.

Mammotheers, Happy Holidays!

Ohlmann
Ohlmann
1 month ago

Merry whatever you want to get celebrated, be it Christmas, the tail end of 2020, a birthday, or any other celebration I don’t know how.

TBH, in retrospect, I have the feeling that 2020 is the year where the slide into hell slowed or even maybe reversed. I mean, with COVID and everything, but there were less frightening clues for future. It’s the year the brexit made shitty, but not the year the English decided to do that. It’s the year Trump did the most damage, but not the year he was elected.

Probably just me being too optimistic I guess.

opposablethumbs
opposablethumbs
1 month ago

Sad not to be able to see Spawn#1 for the first time ever, for midnight on the 24th when we are usually together for a not-celebration, but we did a shared-split-screen thing so we could spend the eveining talking and doing online crosswords and watching a film and eating ‘together’ (apart from the sudden attack of buffering when it seemed half the city was online at the same time :-s)

Thanks to David for creating this place and keeping it going, and to everyone here who helps make it what it is.

Good things here also include Trump losing the election, because it’s helped to slightly rein in the excesses of our own very Trumpian government who were counting on his support, so a huge thank-you to all of you who played a part in his downfall! (pace Spike Milligan).

Nice pics, Alan! All Bitey McMurder Dogs should have such a looker-afterer. (reminds me of when Dog got hold of a chicken bone from a rubbish bag someone had left out on the path; I was scared it might splinter so I took it out of her mouth without realising she hadn’t clocked that my fingers were even there – that was the one and only time I found out she could bite. Ow. :-s)

North Sea Sparkly Dragon
North Sea Sparkly Dragon
1 month ago

To David and all the regulars, Thanks for being here during this awful year, even when I make no sense, disappear for weeks on end and make inane comments. All the best for 2021.

Victorious Parasol
Victorious Parasol
1 month ago

I woke up still feeling a tad full from Christmas dinner. Also, it is quite cold (for Texas).

I’m grateful for David, for creating a place where so many awesome people hang out.

Mostly_Lurking
Mostly_Lurking
30 days ago

Happy Holidays, and I’ll add in my gratitude for the site too.

That said, you probably didn’t see my last message where I asked if something could be done about the “night mode” button that’s constantly on the screen. Can there be an option to hide/unhide it, or change settings from a menu? At least I’m not seeing the more annoying button right now that tries to get you to comment, so hopefully you’ve wrangled that thing.

Sheila Crosby
Sheila Crosby
30 days ago

I’d like to belatedly wish everyong a very Happy Isaac Newton’s birthday.

I’m thankful for this site too. And that we’ve had enough income to cover essentials all year. And without that peskty day job, I got an awful lot of writing done.

@Alan I’d ask you to give Bitey McMurder Dog a pat on the head from me, but it might be sangerous for your fingers.

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Jesalin, Sapphic Goddess of Lust
Jesalin, Sapphic Goddess of Lust
30 days ago

Happy Hogswatch! And thanks David, for WHTM and all the crap you slog through.

Full Metal Ox
30 days ago

@Sheila Crosby: Tell your son that he’s elegantly summarized Christmas 2020 (including the vaccine still being out of a lot of people’s reach.)

And I found this delightful account of a neighborhood HOA Umbridge who clearly has no freaking clue about some of the grotesque and macabre forms the Christmas Spirit™ takes in cultures where suburban white American Protestant capitalism doesn’t call the shots:

http://cheezburger.com/13190149/hilarious-saga-of-karen-vs-frank-the-christmas-gargoyle

What does she know of Krampus? Or the Yule Cat? Or El Caganer? Or even the ghost stories that were an established British Christmas tradition (a trope that ‘A Christmas Carol” reflects, and that’s even referenced in “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year”—“There’ll be scary ghost stories/And tales of the glories/Of Christmases long, long ago.”) @Gwynfydd: Romancing the Gothic is therefore a thoroughly seasonally appropriate observance!

And David, thank you again and always for continuing to carry the standard.

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sarah_kay_gee
sarah_kay_gee
30 days ago

Honestly, I have had a better year than most. My job is part of the food supply chain (we make vitamin/mineral premixes and nutritional food additives), so I never stopped working. My immediate family has co-morbidities like age, diabetes, and recent bouts with cancer, but we’ve all stayed healthy. My elderly parents did not get brainwashed by Fox News into being MAGA zombies. Hurricanes landed all around us, but the most serious damage we suffered was our mailbox blowing away. And we welcomed a canine addition to our family, a Chihuahua mix I named Penny. My “ugh 2020” angst has mostly been the things that everyone shared.

Alan Robertshaw
30 days ago

@ Sarah kay gee

And we welcomed a canine addition to our family

Aww. Congratulations on the new family member.

Hambeast
Hambeast
30 days ago

Happy/Merry to one and all!

Growing up, I lived in a very mixed neighborhood with mainly Mexican Hispanic and Jewish neighbors and never heard of the Chinese Food on Christmas thing. There was a family down the street that always took all the neighborhood kids to the movies on Christmas Day. There was always a Disney re-release at one of the movie theatres where we lived.

Still don’t know if it was a present for us kids or the adults. We got to go to a movie and our parents got a couple hours respite from our gift-excited, cookie-fueled bombast, so best of both worlds, I guess?

StaceySmartyPantsTwiceRemoved
StaceySmartyPantsTwiceRemoved
30 days ago

Happy Holidays to everyone! David, I am grateful for what you do with your writing!

I am grateful for all the wonderful commenters here. A lot of amazing things have happened in my life during the time that I also started reading this blog.

I am grateful for my sponsors and the financial backing they provided me to do amazing things. The pandemic put a big hit in my plans but I am back on track and have an actual physical space as a temple where I hold court now. I am grateful most especially for my beautiful and handsome and amazing subs and their brilliance, patience, creativity, strength, love, devotion, wisdom and gorgeousness.

Love to everyone!

Banananananana dakry: still fat and deranged
Banananananana dakry: still fat and deranged
29 days ago

I lost my mother the week before Christmas. She’d gone in to the hospital the beginning of the month due to diarrhea and blood loss… then they found the low blood count… then the chronic lymphatic leukemia… then the mass the doctor thought was advanced colon cancer. Nine days after I talked to her from the hospital for the last time, she was dead. At least my brother was there for her at the end, but the snowball was hellish.

I can’t wrap my head around it. My heart is still sore, and my rage at the petulant shits that have made it impossible for me to fly to say goodbye to her and to mourn properly is burning hot. My husband and I are high-risk for COVID for various reasons, and right now I’m living in an epicenter of a pandemic that might have been over or at least far less widespread if there’d been less whining about freedoms and if the fucking so-called president hadn’t fostered it. Getting on a plane in these situations is playing Russian roulette with mostly loaded chambers.

The hell of it is that Mom herself had autoimmune disorders that made her high-risk and was rightly terrified of COVID. It might have delayed her going to a doctor to check up for this kind of thing. Maybe nothing could have been done, because she’d seemed fine just six months before and that denotes a highly aggressive kind of cancer, but… I don’t know.

I just know that the trip back east to see her in a year or two will never happen now, and that I won’t ever be able to call her again. And it hurts.

Naglfar
Naglfar
29 days ago

@Banananananana dakry
I’m so sorry for your loss.

Banananananana dakry: still fat and deranged
Banananananana dakry: still fat and deranged
29 days ago

@Naglfar

Thank you. It means a lot. Grief is a hell of a lot of emotional labor.

Threp (formerly Shadowplay)
Threp (formerly Shadowplay)
29 days ago

@Banananananana dakry

So sorry. There’s not the words.
Be well.

occasional reader
occasional reader
29 days ago

Hello.

Sorry for being late for that, i was on holidays, but happy anything you celebrate for those days !
And thank you David and you all for this year of articles and discussions.

In my region, christian persons usually made a crib of Christmas. This year, i discover that there is another special one which is made in Provence and which is called “la crèche blanche” (the white crib). It is one tradition inspired by a jewish text (which proove that when you are not an extremist, you can share with other religions on a good basis) : it is generally done after the christmas crib, either by covering it with a white fabric or by replacing it with a white prop, and then changing the characters. The white prop is supposed to represent the Jerusalem temple, and the characters must be : the High Priest, Simeon the prophet holding the child Jesus, Mary, Joseph, and Ann (mother of Mary). And the scene is supposed to represent the presentation of Jesus to the High Priest.
Even as a non-religious person myself, i am enjoying this kind of harmless traditions, especially if they can bring more people together.

Have a nice day.

Hambeast
Hambeast
28 days ago

Banananananana dakry – My condolences.

Moon Custafer
Moon Custafer
28 days ago

@ Banananananana dakry:
I’m so sorry

Lumipuna
Lumipuna
28 days ago

Banananananana dakry: Oh, that’s horrible. My condolences.

epitome of incomrepehensibility

@Banananananana dakry – I’m so sorry about you losing your mother so quickly, and you’re definitely right that Trump and others fucked up the pandemic response. Wishing you all the best to get through this difficult time.

Banananananana dakry: still fat and deranged
Banananananana dakry: still fat and deranged
28 days ago

Thank you all for the condolences. It’s been rough. In this weird limbo of not sure if I should be crying or not, if I can or not, and if it would make me feel better to or not. Cold comfort, but at least my sibs, aunt, and I all seem to be on the same page regarding her estate. None of us really could hack fighting over stupid shit like that right now, I think.

Not helped by that right at the same time Mr. Dakry’s mom, who’d just moved to a retirement living community last month, was dealing with problems with memory problems, confusion and dizziness. Fortunately in her case they got her moved to assisted living to keep an eye on her. (Coincidentally the same day my mom died.)

She’d tested positive for COVID some time ago, but the only symptoms she noted at the time were loss of taste and smell. Yesterday, the dizziness got so bad she was taken to the ER. And that’s when they discovered the COVID lung damage. She wasn’t getting enough oxygen. And that may have had everything to do with her symptoms. She’s now getting supplemental oxygen and last I heard is doing much better now. Which is good as my MIL is pretty awesome and I’m not sure I could hack losing another mother figure right now, and I know Mr. Dakry couldn’t stand losing his mom too.

Also that the moral of this story is the morons whinging about 1 percent mortality rates conveniently ignore both those of us that would be in the one percent and the lasting devastating aftereffects. Like I said, there were no other visible symptoms in my MIL’s case than the loss of taste and smell but the silent damage this monster of a virus did to her lungs was hellacious.

Had to unload. *wry grin*

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Gwynfydd
Gwynfydd
28 days ago

@ Banananananana dakry

Really sorry for you both and hearing your news. Really tough to go through. Best wishes and hopefully you find some respite.

Alan Robertshaw
28 days ago

@ Banananananana dakry

I am so sorry for your loss. My condolences.

opposablethumbs
opposablethumbs
27 days ago

@Banananananana dakry, I’m so sorry. I hope you have lots of love and support around you (and that Mr. Dakry’s mum gets great care too).

Glad to see what you said about you and your sibs et al being on the same page; that means a lot with such a huge loss to bear. My condolences.

Teabug
Teabug
27 days ago

Oh, you and your capybaras ❤