December 24, 2012

Christmas Eve.

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Merry Christmas!

55 comments:

Leland said...

Thank you. And Merry Christmas to Meade and you, as well the entire gang that chimes in.

edutcher said...

And a Merry Christmas to Meadehouse and all the Althousians.

Nice pic, more snow than us, at least for now.

And I hope Santa drops something nice in your stocking.

Irene said...

Merry Christmas, Everyone!

mesquito said...

I'm 46 and I've had one white Christmas, in Monteagle Tennessee. Sigh.

Surfed said...

Currier & Ives-ish. Not enough warm window light to be Kincaidian.

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Surfed said...

Oh yeah, Merry Christmas you two.

Big Mike said...

We had some snow earlier today -- not unknown but still a rarity in December in Northern Virginia. Then it turned to rain so the white is gone.

Merry Christmas to you and Meade.

FreePeopleandFreeMarkets said...

Merry Christmas to the Althouse gang.

Took my kids down to the state Capitol in Madison today to show them the holiday tree after we finished ringing bells for the Salvation Army. Unfortunately, we only stayed a few minutes as there were a group of protestors signing protest songs by the tree and that pretty much ruined any inkling of a christmas eve holiday mood. Good grief. I used to love this town but now just find it so tiresome.

Bob said...

Merry Christmas!

Almost Ali said...

Bah! Humbug!

sunsong said...

Merry Christmas!

sean said...

Merry Christmas, Professor Althouse!

Saint Croix said...

Merry Christmas!

Quayle said...

Merry Christmas.

A white Christmas in Rochester Hills, Michigan, where we now live.

God bless us, every one!

Lyssa said...

We'rae celebrating a pretty special Christmas this year. Our little guy came on Monday. Everything went perfectly, we spent 3 days in the hospital, and have spent much of our time since then just staring in, awe at this wonderful little creature. There's nothing I can say that wouldn't be cliche and cheesy, but its just been fantastic. We're heading to my parents' tomorrow, but I've hardly been aware of Christmas.
Althouse does make for.good nursing reading, though. Merry Christmas to Meadehouse and all of you out there.

edutcher said...

Congratulations, Lyssa.

Yours is the best gift of all.

somefeller said...

Merry Christmas! No snow in this part of Texas, which is fine with me.

Meade said...

Congratulations on your awesomely wonderful lovely little guy creature, Lyssa, and merry Christmas to all and to all a silent night snug in your beds with sweet dreams of sugar plums dancing in your heads.

Bob Ellison said...

Lyssa, good job.

A beautiful Hispanic man, a colleague of mine, told me on the birth of my second child, "Children are a gift from God."

somefeller said...

And that is lovely news, Lyssa. Congratulations. Little children bring the magic of Christmas.

Chip Ahoy said...

customer service ticket #: 000312947447

type: complaint

description: User remark, insufficient warmth from glowing light indicates impossibility of kitsch source artist Kincaide.

action taken: darkened, provided warmth from glowing light, introduced meretricious ornamental elements. Kincaidified





Darrell said...

A wonderful Christmas to all!!!!

Chip Ahoy said...

The advertisement where the family picks up hippies and a goat turns out to be a story told wrong. It's not a goat, it's a dog!

Has a different ring to it translated literally in Spanish because cabrón sticks out there on account of being sweary. Sounds like kavrón and it's rude even when the little doggie is right there and you know he means a goat. It still on the level of "¿why'd we have to bring that little asshole?"

virgil xenophon said...

Merry Christmas to all!

And a suggested topic for Ann. Who opens presents on Christmas Eve vs Christmas day? And when does one put up the tree--at the beginning of Dec to enjoy the holidays, or Christmas eve? And when is it traditionally taken down? Inquiring minds..

Meade said...

Hey, Chip. Ahoy, Chip...

On behalf of everyone, thanks for bringing all the mirth and joy and stuff all the time. Glad tidings, old boy.

edutcher said...

virgil xenophon said...

Merry Christmas to all!

And a suggested topic for Ann. Who opens presents on Christmas Eve vs Christmas day? And when does one put up the tree--at the beginning of Dec to enjoy the holidays, or Christmas eve? And when is it traditionally taken down? Inquiring minds..


The Blonde likes to open something right at midnight and save the rest for the morning.

As for when the tree goes up, that depends on whether it's real or fake. We always have a real tree and they'll dry out to the point of being dangerous in a week or so, which means it goes up Christmas Eve and comes down the day after New Year's.

As virgil notes a fake tree can go up after Halloween and not come down until Valentine's Day (which I've seen), although that tends to take the specialness out of it.

YMMV

wyo sis said...

The grands are snug in their beds. Christmas with a 2 and 4 year old is awesome. All of us in cold Wyo., where snow is still coming down gently, wish all of you a Very Merry Christmas.
Beautiful photo, and Chip is a treasure.

Chuck Currie said...

Merry Christmas to you, and thank you for this wonderful and thought provoking blog.

Cheers

traditionalguy said...

Happy Holidays to all. Peace be with you.

Dante said...

Chip Ahoy,

That transformation is Amazing! I want to be able to turn those colors on in any room in my house! Is that something you wrote yourself, or something on the web that does it?

Hope you are enjoying the Holidays!

Pogo said...

@Lyssa
For unto us a child is born...

Blessings on your house.

God bless us, every one!

yashu said...

Merry Christmas everyone!

Here's a carol from The Sonics.

Synova said...

Wow, congratulations Lyssa.

Merry Christmas everyone.

Donald Douglas said...

Merry Christmas Ann. And God bless both you and Meade.

Chip Ahoy said...

Dante, the original duplicated and adjusted to be darker, then yellow light in new transparent layers above the adjusted copy. The original kept for reference, windows and such, some of that is blacked out in the copy by darkening.

Then when there's enough junk, I regard what I have there stacked up in transparent layers and consider taking some of it out. Wouldn't want to overdo the whole Kincaidification. So one-by-one I go through the layers turning them on and turning them off until I decided how much kitsch to keep.

So goodbye to yard flamingos, which I love so much and go with everything, and goodbye to big old fashion Christmas lights blinking all around, and 'so long' to the blow up Santa yard figure, and various other incongruent holiday iconographic objects spread around, like jack-o-lanterns and Easter baskets. Because we did that before and that was seen as a teeny bit gauche by some and we're being classy this time, on account of it being Christmas, like imagining how classy Kincaide is and trying to be him, by looking at thumbnail results in Google images which is pretty good research.

Then compress and ))) voik ((( the layers become one with the digibytes, SAVED! by the digibytes.

Dante said...

Thanks, Chip.

I wonder if it is possible to use different frequency lights to get a similar effect. Like, use a black light that interacts with the usual lights, to penetrate the outer colors of the paint to the underlying colors susceptible to black lights, or high kelvin lights, etc.

Anyway, thanks much for the effort, and sharing. I really like the effect you made!

Cheers! and happy holidays or x-mas, (etc) as your wont takes you,

Dante

Dante said...

And, my wife made a "Dr. Seuss" Christmas Tree. It isn't adorned with all Seuss Characters, but it does have a Cat's hat on it. And colored pompoms for thing one and thing two. The crookedness of the top of the tree inspired her.

I don't know where she gets it. It's completely beyond me!

sabeth.chu said...

merry christmas to everybody, and best wishes for the newborn baby.

this is a real christmas pic!!!!
(68 degrees, here)

Clyde said...

Although it's been said many times, many ways in the comments already, Merry Christmas to you!

And let's hope against Hope and Change for a prosperous new year.

nina said...

Merry Christmas, Ann and Meade!

The Farmer said...

Merry Christmas, gang!

Congratulations, Lyssa!

Dante said...

From Drudge, of course.

This makes me sad. On the other hand, I my kids wish they didn't have a Dad! Or at least, that's the way it feels some times.

AllenS said...

Merry Christmas, everyone!

SJL said...

When I was growing up, we bought the Christmas tree a few days before Christmas, decorated it Christmas Eve, and left it up until my mother's birthday, Jan 29th.

SJL said...

When I was growing up, we bought the Christmas tree a few days before Christmas, decorated it Christmas Eve, and left it up until my mother's birthday, Jan 29th.

SJL said...

My dad put together on Christmas Eve, after we were asleep, an awesome train track.....2 tracks, 3 locomotives, about 40 cars, a church, school & some other building. We thought Santa did this for us. It was beautiful. He loved trains.

SJL said...

how does that happen, that a post gets duplicated?

borgjess said...

Great news, Lyssa - congratulations!

Merry Christmas to all!

pm317 said...

Congratulations, Lyssa! A very special Christmas indeed.

pm317 said...

Nice job, Chip Ahoy, as always.

YoungHegelian said...

Sorry to be late to the party. Got back at 2:00AM from Midnight mass and just woke up an hour ago.

Mucho Congrats, Lyssa on the birth of your son!

Merry Christmas to MeadHouse, my fellow Althousianss, and to all ye lurkers everywhere!

Ann Althouse said...

Congratulations, Lyssa!

Laura said...

Felicidades to Lyssa. And please include preemie J.D. in your prayers...

Have not heard back on his paternity, but the grapevine just went through surgery herself.

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