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Happy Mother’s Day

Posted in "Wit"icisms" with tags , , , , , , on May 13, 2012 by Mj Rains

Here’s to all the Moms out there….what we do

is the greatest thing in the world!

And don’t you forget it!

Give Mom a call and thank her!!

10 Reasons to Skip Christmas

Posted in "Wit"icisms" with tags , , , , , , , , , on December 1, 2011 by Mj Rains

So it’s December 1, the unofficial first day of winter, according to my local weather man, and this Wit’s official day to start thinking about Christmas, though I’ve been thinking about it, honestly, for a few weeks now… this post is part of the results of such prolific thinking.  I’ve been hinting around the Continuum household that I’d love to be away for Christmas. Strange thing is, everyone agrees with me…but I know we won’t be going anywhere. Don’t get me wrong, I truly love Christmas, but don’t we all think sometimes, let it slip into our overworked brains, wouldn’t it be nice to just go to_________[insert your own Christmas dream vacation here].

That said, here are 10 Reasons to Skip Christmas…of course I have to follow up on this and give you 10 reasons why skipping Christmas is a bad idea, forgive me. 🙂

10 Reasons to Skip Christmas:

  1. Saving Money. (who couldn’t use some extra cash now, you know, to buy a Kindle for yourself, or a new computer, or just pay off that credit card!)
  2. Save a tree!
  3. No writing Christmas cards. (Who are half these people anyway?)
  4. No waiting in store check-out lines. (Wait, what, that’s the line to get in line? I have to go all the way back there? But I have to pee!)
  5. Traffic.
  6. Did I mention the traffic? (good reason to buy plane tickets online and hire a car to take you out to the airport!)
  7. Seeing and being nice to people you don’t really care about. (you all know what I mean…)
  8. Decorating the tree, and dealing with tangled Christmas lights, half of which go out during Christmas week.
  9. Wrapping presents. (Seriously, all those paper cuts and tape sticking to everything but the fucking wrapping paper, who need it?)
  10. That guy giving you the finger because you took his parking spot at Target. Merry Christmas asshole!

Okay, so here are 10 reasons Not to Skip Christmas:

  1. Shopping, because it really is fun when you get into it.
  2. Opening presents. (The kid in all of us needs this!)
  3. Drinking. Christmas gives you an excuse to buy really expensive liquor, plus, all that liquor makes those people you don’t really care about a whole lot lovelier.
  4. Seeing old friends and relatives.
  5. Experiencing Peace and Love emotionally and spiritually.
  6. Eating great food! (forget the diet! You look great as you are!)
  7. Baking cookies with your kids, and eating half of them before you put them away.
  8. Decorating the tree. We put on music. We sometimes drink wine. We make it a little party, just for us.
  9. Preparing Christmas Eve dinner and pretending that you are Martha Stewart (or Gwyneth Paltrow, the new Martha Stewart).
  10. Kissing under the mistletoe.

What are your reasons to skip Christmas? Or not too? Let me know.


Posted in Art with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 14, 2011 by Mj Rains

Valentine ‘Love’ illustrations by Igor+Andre

Groundhog Day

Posted in Culture, Current events, In Pennsylvania with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 2, 2011 by Mj Rains

Yeah, so we live in Pennsylvania, and the half of us think this is such a stupid thing…though it makes one wonder how a day, which is not a holiday that celebrates a country’s liberation, a religious saint, a religious holiday, a famous person who changed world, nor a President, could actually exist…and honor a rodent no less….but here we have it in western PA, Groundhog Day.

I’m not sure if this is a nationwide celebration, or if anyone from other parts of the world know of this holiday…strange. Perhaps Katie can let us know if you guys down under have ever heard of this furball, Punxsatawny Phil.  These top-hatted dudes get up way before sunrise in Punxsatawny, Pa,  and hoist the sad little creature from his well cared for domain (meaning cage) and see if he sees his shadow.  How does one know if the rodents sees his shadow?  It is a mystery, a mysterious mystery that only handler John Griffiths is keen to I’m sure. I’ve heard that the 14 members of Phil’s club are the ones that decide our mysterious fate.  If the rodent see his shadow, we get 6 more weeks of winter, if not, an early spring is forecast.

This Pa tradition is based on an old German superstition that if a hibernating animal comes out on Feb. 2, a holiday called Candlemas, and sees his shadow there will be 6 more weeks of winter.  Well, today, February 2, 2011, Phil officially did not see his shadow, which could be due to the rain, sleet, and snow, and constant cloud cover we are experiencing today due to that double wammy storm.  Very mysterious….

In any case, I love animals in general, and even though I call him a rodent, I think he’s darn cute.  I think these stupid top-hatted guys are pretty cool anyway, and admire the tradition, strange though it is, which is perhaps why I admire it, and all those people who fight the cold and weather and come out in wee hours of the morning on this one day a year, without liquor mind you, it’s a dry celebration by law, and see Phil make his appearance.  What can I say? I love the weird in Pa.

And, this means we get spring in a few weeks!!

Ah, fat chance people….

Love the movie Groundhog Day with Bill Murray. Very funny, and brought fame to this strange little sort of kinda almost holiday.

Peace…and Happy Groundhog Day.

Post Thanksgiving Post

Posted in Culture with tags , , , , , , , on December 2, 2010 by Mj Rains

A note from fellow writer Erick Messias:

America has mused and been sung by many great voices, from Whitman’s poetry to Springsteen’s songs, from Gershwin’s melodies to JFK’s oratory. Yet, each November, as winter knocks on the continent’s door, even the most out-of-tune singer, the most handicapped writer hears the call to pay homage to this amazing land.

Thanksgiving is the quintessential American holiday. It’s not bound by religious, ethnic, or racial affiliations and does not have equivalent in other countries. It’s also a time when we are reminded we are all immigrants in this generous land. Someone, a close or distant relative, took a boat, or a plane, seeking opportunities and freedom, and made that trip for each one of us, crossing oceans and continents to reach these shores.

Through out its history, America has been a welcoming land, a true beacon of hope for people of all creeds, including no creed at all, and all races. America with its beaches, its rivers, its never-ending prairies, its mountains; America with its swamps and deserts, its lakes and gulfs, has welcomed multitudes that sought these shores as safe harbor from injustice, oppression, and tyranny.

In this holiday season, take some time and thank that relative, that parent or great-grandparent, that five generation forgotten elder, who one day, possible while young and strong, took that decision, crossed the planet and made you an American, a native of this great country, a member of the greatest human adventure for the right to life, liberty and the pursue of happiness.

Erick L M de Messias, MD, MPH, PhD
Psychiatric Research Institute
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

May all of us remember this through the holiday season and always.


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