December 25, 2011

What are you doing reading blogs on Christmas morning?

Maybe you don't celebrate Christmas, either because you never did or because you stopped for some reason.

Maybe you're up — or you're reading your iPhone/iPad/laptop in bed — and the rest of the family/friends/co-celebrants are not up, and you're passing the time until they are.

Maybe you've finished celebrating, or you've finished Stage 1 of celebrating, and you're taking an internet break while other people play with their toys.

Maybe you are playing with a new toy — of the internet-accessing type — in which case, thanks for testing it out on a blog called Althouse.

Welcome, this morning, to all readers, whether today is extra special or another normal day. I love normal days myself, so let me extend a special welcome to the readers who don't regard Christmas as a special day and to those who would like to see Christmas be more like a normal day.

38 comments:

Bob_R said...

Merry Christmas!

Calypso Facto said...

Ha! Busted.

Merry Christmas Althousians!

phx said...
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Curious George said...

I'd like to think special, but so far as normal as any other day. Get up, feed the cat, make a press pot of coffee, sit down at my desk, start the computer.

The "special" about Christmas is for the younguns...mine are 29 and 32 now.

My younger boy will be over this afternoon to watch the Bulls and Bears. He's bringing some Lou Malnati's that he brought back from Chicago last night. We will loudly cheer on the Bears and hope for a victory to salvage the season. My older son and his wife are going to the game...he's friends with one of the Johnsonville brats sons so they will be in their private skybox. We'll see him tomorrow.

Merry Christmas all!

Mogget said...

Haha. Laying in bed with the iPhone, waiting for the day to start...

marylynn said...

Morning all. I am just procrastinating, and thinking if i drink enough coffee i will be full of energy in an hour or so. Plus this is the calm before the storm of people and the ensuing chaos that starts here about noon today. My bit of "me" time.
Everyone enjoy this day, no matter how you spend it. And Go Pack!

Steve Burri said...

Getting ready to work a 12 hour day. For me Christmas is generally a normal day. In conjunction with the Easter message, it makes every day a day of thanksgiving.

Merry Christmas, all!

TravelingHerrings said...

Ditto to the ha ha. In bed with the laptop so i don't wake the family members on the air mattress in the living room.

Leland said...

Merry Christmas!

And I, um, just put away the stuffing in the oven and taking a break... Yeah, that's it...

sydney said...

I'm waiting for the shower to be available

The Elder said...

"What are you doing reading blogs on Christmas morning?"

Eating breakfast and waiting for the stars of the show to arrive. They might even bring their new doggie. He's a collie and his name is Indy.

gail said...

Chores on the farm need to be done everyday. It's possible to do some things the day before, like mix feed, but that just makes the day before harder.

Merry Christmas all.

Jose_K said...

A better question , why agnostic run blogs like Volock dont have new posts today?

David said...

I'm not Christian, so it's just another day for me, although because I find stereotypes aspirational, I'm going out later for a movie and chinese food.

The Crack Emcee said...

It's bizarre that the idea of someone being alone doesn't even cross that idea-rattled mind of yours.

I am alone. No family, no friends, no nothing, on Christmas. It's been like this for most of my life. This is what Christmas is. Except in my heart, where a warm fire burns.

Merry Christmas, Ann. Merry Christmas, Everyone!

caplight45 said...

Some of us have to work on Christmas Day, thank you.

Tank said...

Waiting for the kids to wake up, they're 27.

I may have had one too many last night.

Beta Rube said...

I was awakened at 5:30 by a baby in a manger (pack and play). My daughter is in town and I decided to let her and her husband sleep in while I did the diaper, feeding, etc.

It's absolutely wonderful to start Christmas Day with a beautiful 7 month old baby boy. I am also reminded of just how much work it takes to tend a little one. But a labor of love it is.

I am blessed today with healthy, loving children and grandchildren, a boatload of food, and a Packer victory over some guys from Chicago.

Merry Christmas indeed!! Heh!

DaveW said...

Got up, made an espresso, got the paper, read that for a while so I could wake up. Made another espresso, cleaned out the fireplace and started a nice little fire. Put out clean water and fresh food for the dogs, picked up in the kitchen a bit and took the trash out.

Now I can sit and read blogs or whatever until the rest of the house wakes up. I love early mornings.

Ann Althouse said...

"I am alone. No family, no friends, no nothing, on Christmas. It's been like this for most of my life. This is what Christmas is. Except in my heart, where a warm fire burns."

We're your friends, Crack. Thanks for being with us.

Fr Martin Fox said...

Merry Christmas Crack and all!

I had a busy evening last night, concluding with Midnight Mass, and I didn't fall asleep until after 3 am.

My first Mass was 9 am today (thank you retired priests for taking 7 and 11!); now I am taking it easy with breakfast (thank you Mrs. G. for the annual Christmas stollen), and enjoying reading our genial hostess's posts on this marvelous day.

Felix Dies Nativitates!

Lyle said...

Merry Christmas from New Iberia, Louisiana! Santa ate all the cookies here.

marylynn said...

Crack Emcee, wish you lived near us because you are welcome in my home anytime! You ever get to NE WI let me know.

Chip S. said...

It's an ordinary day in that I always start the day reading blogs, and linger at Althouse.

It'll get special shortly.

Merry Christmas to all.

edutcher said...

Merry Christmas, Crack, you're a good man.

Also to the Padre and caplight, doing their work in God's trenches.

And I'm up at noon (the pups got us up before sunrise and The Blonde and I figured open the presents now).

PS Christmas can be a spiritual time or a family or friends time. If you have memories, they'll do to warm your heart.

Lovernios said...

My wife and I are empty nesters around 60ish. Our only son, his wife and our grandson live in California. My wife, son, wife and grandson recently went to Japan to visit Oba-chan (Grandma), my wife's mother. So vacation days and expenses mean we'll celebrate Christmas separately.

Maybe we'll have a Skype visit later today so we can see Braden.

We're not very religious, so Christmas isn't very special except as a cultural holiday to us. Although, we're also not very big into the consumerist nature of Christmas.

The wife broke her arm in a fall a week ago, so I'm doing the cleaning, cooking, etc. Which means we'll not be having an elaborate meal today, but that's ok as long as we're together.

Merry Christmas!

Roger J. said...

Merry Christmas and the very best to all of you. And Happy Hannukah to the Jewish commenters. Best wishes for the season, and best for the coming year. Life is good--enjoy it to its fullest.

William said...

Waiting to leave for the train. Ordinarily I embrace Christmas with the same fervor that Tojo embraced VE day. But I've got my hopes this year. I think the warmest, most loving holidays are spent with ex-inlaws. Nothing that happens with them lets you down. People should spend more time over the hoidays with their ex in-laws.

Dust Bunny Queen said...

Us old folks, just the hubby and me this year, celebrated last night by opening our gifts to each other and a bottle of 12 year Glenlivet.

Today, Christmas morning, we are comfy and cozily ensconced in our regular routine of me on my computer and he on his laptop, listening to music: enjoying our coffee and the sun streaming in through the windows.

Tonight we will celebrate with a dinner of roast duck, potato leek pancakes, veggies, salad and a really nice Pinot that we picked up from a boutique winery on the road that was named for my husband's family (early settlers in Oregon).

This is a great Christmas. Low key. Relaxed. No pressure. Good food, good wine. Maybe a nap a little later :-) I think we might start on the giant and challenging jig saw puzzle that we get for each other every year.

It will be our 18th Christmas as a married couple and our 20th just as a couple and it still feels like just yesterday that we met.

Merry Christmas to all.

edutcher said...

Merry Christmas to you, DBQ, and you make a good point.

Christmas, like much of life, is as much fun as you want it to be.

The Blonde and I are 4 years behind you and yours, but I know how you feel.

Dust Bunny Queen said...

I am alone. No family, no friends, no nothing, on Christmas. It's been like this for most of my life. This is what Christmas is. Except in my heart, where a warm fire burns.

Very sad for you Crack. I've had some very terrible Christmases as an adult and some wonderful ones as well.

However, being alone is a choice.

You can chose to be alone, and that is OK. Sometimes being alone is good. It depends on how YOU feel about it.

You can choose to be with other people. Even with strangers. Volunteer to help and be with others. Christmas dinners for the indigent. Bring gifts to shut in's in nursing homes who's families have abandonded them as well. There are lots of opportunities to not be alone if you chose to take them.

Choice. It is yours.

Freeman Hunt said...

Did Christmas morning, went to church, now kids are napping. Later, celebrating with the relatives.

The Crack Emcee said...

Jesus Would Approve (It's A Birthday PARTY! Right?)

richard mcenroe said...

Merry Christmas to all the Althousians here assembled.

My Christmas hasn't really started yet, going out in a while for a show and dinner.

In the meantime here's a whimsical musical interlude for your amusement...

Teri said...

I'm reading because my wonderful young adult offspring are cooking the Christmas dinner, and I can do whatever I want. Best Christmas present evah!

Donald Douglas said...

Well, I was thinking of your post from a few years ago, that went something like, "I'm going to blog on Christmas." And then you asked some similar questions about who's reading blogs on Christmas. Blog are (or can be) news information sites, so unless people don't want news on Christmas they'll still be reading blogs.

Michael K said...

The turkey is in the oven. It is too soon to start on the potatoes and rutabaga. Time from a pause. No football this early

Pettifogger said...

My daughter's boyfriend hurt his hand tjis morning, and I am at the emergency center while he gets it x-rayed and otherwise tended to.