December 22, 2003

Happy Holidays!

yuletide (Custom).jpg"You must understand, good People, that the manner of celebrating this great Course of Holydays is vastly different now to what it was in former Days: There was once upon a time Hospitality in the Land; an English Gentleman at the opening of the great Day, had all his Tenants and Neighbours enter'd his Hall by Day-break, the Strong-Beer was broach'd, and the Black-Jacks went plentifully with Toast, Sugar, Nutmegs, and good Cheshire Cheese; the Rooms were embower'd with Holly, Ivy, Cypress, Bays, Laurel, and Missleto, and a bouncing Christmas Log in the Chimney glowing like the Cheeks of a Country Milk-maid; then was the Pewter as bright as Clarinda, and every bit of Brass as polished as the most refined Gentleman; the Servants were then running here and there, with merry Hearts and jolly Countenances; every one was busy welcoming of Guests, and look'd as smug as new-lick'd Puppies; the Lasses were as blithe and buxom as the Maids in good Queen Bess's Days, when they eat Sir-Loans of Roast Beef for Breakfast; Peg would scuttle about to make a Toast for John, while Tom ran harum scarum to draw a Jug of Ale for Margery: Gaffer Spriggins was bid thrice welcome by the Squire, and the Gooddy Goose did not fail of a smacking Buss from his Worship, while his Son and Heir did the Honours of the House; In a word, the Spirit of Generosity ran thro' the whole House."

-- Dick Merryman, Christmas Entertainments (London, 1740)

Christmas: to paraphrase "Dick Merryman," it's not what it never used to be.

Still, even in this our age of world-weary cynicism and post-ironic detachment, there is room for a bit of cheer and maybe even a bit of magic. A toast to you and yours! May you have a lovely holiday.

See you after Boxing Day.

Posted by Invisible Adjunct at December 22, 2003 07:30 PM

Wonderful! Merry Christmas.

Posted by: ogged at December 22, 2003 08:51 PM

And same to you IA. Thanks for providing us all a wonderful forum. Merry Christmas!

Posted by: DM at December 22, 2003 11:19 PM

Merry Christmas to you and yours, IA.


Posted by: Chris at December 23, 2003 12:58 AM

A cheerful and magical Merry Christmas to you, Mr. IA, and the little IA.

Posted by: Laura at December 23, 2003 10:40 AM

" . . . a Merry Christmas we shall keep
Of pudding, beef, and mostly beer;
And I'll say nowt about it."

except best wishes to you and yours and all who hang out here.

Posted by: jam at December 23, 2003 12:17 PM

And the same to you, blithe Adjunct! We all look forward to your return, when hopefully we will all be as smug as new-lick'd Puppies.

Posted by: language hat at December 23, 2003 12:38 PM

Happy Christmas, IA. I will be spending mine with the very nuclear family, lots of phone calls, and the lovely pets (see pix of the felines here) -- including the new addition, Maggie May, the anniversary present/Lab mix one shot away from being non-Maggie.

Also, I'll be hastily preparing my classes since I got my first ever AHA interview! And will be going to the meat market. If anyone else will be there, please feel free to e-mail me to meet up. Peace and goodwill to all!

Posted by: Another Damned Medievalist at December 23, 2003 01:35 PM

A merry Christmas to all.

Posted by: Steve at December 24, 2003 08:43 AM

Merry White Christmas from the Third Coast!

Posted by: Barry at December 25, 2003 06:51 PM

Just read this response to Stanley Fish by the legislature:

Should be interesting if they start considering adjuncts in the equation of what they evaluate.

BTW, I'm not sure what it all means, but it is interesting.

Posted by: Steve at December 26, 2003 06:20 PM