Skepchick Quickies 12.24

Happy Christmas Eve, everyone! I will be celebrating by enjoying my family’s appetizer buffet and watching TV while everyone else goes out to the midnight church service. Do you have any traditions you will follow tonight?



Mary Brock works as an Immunology scientist by day and takes care of a pink-loving princess child by night. She likes cloudy days, crafting, cooking, and Fall weather in New England.

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  1. December 24, 2012 at 9:39 am —

    As a malevolent, hate-filled atheist out to destroy Christmas, I will help bake Christmas cookies, make a loaf of bread shaped like Santa’s head (I decapitated Santa!) and then later attend the Christmas Eve service at my son’s church with him. It’s important to him and I love him (as if such a thing is possible for an atheist, hah!) and I will actually enjoy it. They usually have a good bell choir, and I like some of the Christmas songs so long as I don’t pay close attention to the words. I can nap through the praying.

    After the service I will visit with the church members, who are pretty nice (it’s a very liberal church, which helps) and then go home, fill the stockings (with bitterness, or maybe candy), then go to sleep.

    In the morning, my daughter and son-in-law will come over and we’ll all have breakfast and mimosas and open some presents. Santa’s head will be devoured. In the afternoon, we’ll go to a movie or something. I might have to work a bit because I’m a little behind on a project, but not too badly so.

    So, basically, Christmas is gonna be really sorry when I get through with it. Bwa hah hah.

    • December 24, 2012 at 2:21 pm —

      I don’t have to go to church anymore, but when I did my fav part was communion. Lutherans get sweet wine and real, fresh bread! Yum. Also I used to go to the German Xmas Eve service because they had the best cookies and I could practice my own German.

      • December 25, 2012 at 10:11 am —

        I was at a Lutheran service too, though for some reason last night they decided to use the cardboard wafers instead of the usual yummy bread. Now THAT is a cause for war! :)

  2. December 24, 2012 at 10:51 am —

    Appropriate to show off Saturn during, what else, Saturnalia!

    I’ll celebrate in my usual way; following everyone else’s traditions that surround me, while I feel miserable inside. Gets worse each year.
    I found I was happiest when I didn’t participate in all the Christian-centric crap.

    • December 24, 2012 at 2:16 pm —

      You sound exactly like me. I had a serious case of xmas blahs yesterday. Seriously, go listen to Dan Hart’s CD “Santa God and Other Blasphemies.” I recommend the tracks “Santa God” and “Lobotomy for Xmas.” It brought me some cheer!

  3. December 24, 2012 at 11:07 am —

    Technology…so mystifying. Oh well, it’s gonna be a video game Christmas for me!

  4. December 24, 2012 at 11:35 am —

    Merry Xmas to all of the Skepchicks and the Skepchickerati!

  5. December 24, 2012 at 12:02 pm —

    Not really a tradition, but since I have a few days off I’m painting the bathroom.

  6. December 24, 2012 at 12:11 pm —

    Re Grappling with technology, the first picture: Several years ago I was working off Sunrise Highway, with no cell service. I finally discoved a spot, several miles down the road, where I got good reception. It was a 1mX1m square, and I only got service as long as I stood up. If I sat down I lost it.

  7. December 24, 2012 at 12:23 pm —

    Re Krampus da, er a, christmas around the world, I love #2.

    • December 24, 2012 at 2:17 pm —

      Aw, I wonder what the lion got for xmas!

  8. December 24, 2012 at 12:28 pm —


    Merry Christmas to you and all the other people at Skepchick, Teen Skepchick, Queereka and Mad Out Lab. Oh and I don’t want to forget your foreign Language sites Esceptica and Skepchick.se.

    • December 24, 2012 at 2:18 pm —

      And Merry Christmas to you too and thank you for all of your wonderful link submissions!

  9. December 24, 2012 at 3:42 pm —

    Mary, another great Quickies. I want Green Saturn on my wall!

    I came home Christmas Eve to find my wife cooking up a storm while listening to Christmas songs by Nat King Cole.

    When it finished she told me to put on something else so I chose a Christmas CD alright, the one she gave me for Christmas last year, which was Kreigsmarine Marching Songs! I am into military history.

    I was waiting for her to spit the dummy, but she quite likes some of them, particularly “Wir Fahren Gegen Engeland” with the bells. It always makes me think of the Scharnhorst slicing thru the Atlantic waves.

    Anyway, Merry Bah Humbugs to you all!

  10. December 24, 2012 at 5:55 pm —

    I’ve misplaced my favorite winter shirt…A grumpy bear in a night cap saying “I got your holly jolly right here, pal”.

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