12/17/18 – Merry Christmas or Season Greetings

CURRENT EVENTS

I’ve been around for over 70 years and I recall the word “Christmas” being used to describe parties, sales, and a host of other events around this time of the year.

I can’t help observing that I see the word “Christmas” used far less frequently today in any sort of public announcement.

It seems to me like the word “Christmas” has fallen victim to political correctness.

I don’t always say “Merry Christmas” and especially to people I know are Jewish or Muslim or of some other faith, but when I do say Merry Christmas

LAST WEEK’S POLLS

When considering a purchasing a book, what initially attracts you to a book?

Author of the book  50%  (10 votes) 

Title of the book  25%  (5 votes) 

Cover of the book  25%  (5 votes) 

Total Votes: 20

When actually purchasing a book, what factor has the greatest influence on your decision?

Subject matter  65%  (13 votes) 

Cost of the book  25%  (5 votes) 

How easy it is to read the book  10%  (2 votes) 

Total Votes: 20
Which is your favorite version of “A Christmas Carol”?

A Christmas Carol (1984) with George C. Scott  31.25%  (5 votes) 

A Christmas Carol (1938) with Reginald Owen  18.75%  (3 votes) 

Other versions  18.75%  (3 votes) 

A Christmas Carol (1951) with Alastair Sim  12.5%  (2 votes) 

A Christmas Carol (1999) with Patrick Stewart  12.5%  (2 votes) 

Scrooged (1988) with Bill Murray  6.25%  (1 votes) 

Total Votes: 16

Do you find the song itself, “Baby It’s Co ld Outside”, offensive?

The song itself is fine  94.74%  (18 votes) 

Its offensive  5.26%  (1 votes) 

It is offensive and should be banned for the airwaves  0%  (0 votes) 

Total Votes: 19
Of the two versions of the painting, “The Creation of Adam”, which to you prefer?

The first, also known at the finger  80%  (12 votes) 

The second, the one Bill remembers  20%  (3 votes) 

Total Votes: 15

Have you waited in a restaurant bathroom, that has a sign saying “Employees must wash hands.” and no one has come in to wash your hands.

No, because most restaurants can’t get dependable help  41.18%  (7 votes) 

Yes, the employees never show up  35.29%  (6 votes) 

I’ve always had the employees come in and wash my hands for me.  23.53%  (4 votes) 

Total Votes: 17
Do you plan to start some sort of exercise program for 2019?

No, I will just continue with my current exercise program  57.89%  (11 votes) 

No  21.05%  (4 votes) 

Yes  21.05%  (4 votes) 

Total Votes: 19

Are you letting something stand between you and your dreams?

No  64.71%  (11 votes) 

Yes  35.29%  (6 votes) 

Total Votes: 17
Are you neglecting individual family members, good friends or a loyal pet?

No  66.67%  (12 votes) 

Yes  33.33%  (6 votes) 

Total Votes: 18

BOOK OF THE WEEK

I don’t believe this is a fair portrait of Russia, but that seems fairly typical of the books you find on today’s Russia in America bookstores.  I read it anyway, because I wanted to learn more about Russia.

I’ve met a few Russians over the years and I found them to be excellent people and when I was at the WPC World Championships in Portugal back in 2015, other than Team USA, the Russian were my biggest fans.

MOVIE OF THE WEEK

This particular version of A Christmas Carol didn’t do that well in last week’s poll, and I think the “Spirit of Christmas Past” in this version was lame.

I have watched a number of versions of this story, so I wanted to see this rather well-known version.  Perhaps, you might also wish to see it, if you are watching various versions of “A Christmas Carol”.

A Christmas Carol (1999)

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

For all you people offended “Baby It’s Cold Outside”, here is something for you.

Baby, Just Go Outside

By The Holderness Family

ART OF THE WEEK

Zoos all over the country are generating some additional much-needed revenue, while also providing a unique Christmas experience.  We again went to the Christmas Light Show at the Detroit Zoo with some friends.

Christmas Lights At The Zoo

  EXTRAORDINARY PERSON OF THE WEEK

This week I chose one of the greatest managers of all time.  One that I tried to emulate myself, but never came close.

Mr. Fezziwig

Here is an exchange one of Mr. Fezziwig’s employees had to say about him in an exchange with a spirit at a Christmas Work Party.  I wish every employee could speak this way about their manager, but unfortunately many can’t.

Spirit, “A small matter to make these silly folks so full of gratitude.”

“Small!” echoed Scrooge.

Spirit replies, “Why! Is it not? He has spent but a few pounds of your mortal money: three or four, perhaps. Is that so much that he deserves this praise?”

Scrooge, in defense of Mr. Fezziwig, “It isn’t that, Spirit. He has the power to render us happy or unhappy; to make our service light of burdensome; a pleasure or a toil. Say that his power lies in words and looks; in things so slight and insignificant that it is impossible to add and count ‘em up: what then? The happiness he gives is quite as great as if it cost a fortune.”

The following is taken from http://www.chiefoutsiders.com

Employees who feel valued and respected are happier. They provide better service. They’re more creative and more productive. They work harder, bounce back better and support one another more vigorously.

As a result, your products and services are delivered more enthusiastically. Problems are solved more quickly and the “vibe” your prospects get when considering a relationship with your company is better. 

By setting high expectations, providing the resources to meet those expectations and celebrating great outcomes, you can make your company a place where everybody – employees, neighbors, suppliers, customers and prospects – are all happier. With “words and looks; in things so slight and insignificant that it is impossible to add and count ‘em up…”. You can can build a culture where “the happiness he is quite as great as if it cost a fortune.”

THIS WEEK’S JOKE

PHYSICAL TRAITS

You can’t argue with science..

CHARACTER TRAITS

This is always a good question to ask, but especially this time of the year when many are making their New Year’s Resolutions.

SOCIAL TRAITS 

More and more people are trying to eat healthy, but some do seem to carry a good habit to extremes.

LEARNING TRAITS

MISCELLANEOUS 

BOOK 

Warning:  This book will not change your life, only you can do that.

My Final Cover

8 thoughts on “12/17/18 – Merry Christmas or Season Greetings

  1. I agree, Christmas is being used a lot less. They’re often taking it off Christmas calendars and such in the UK now, similar to removing the word ‘Easter’ from eggs at Easter time.
    I’m not sure about this whole ‘Baby it’s cold outside’ song thing either, taking things a bit far..? I do see the point of raising important issues, but there are far worse offenders than that.
    Gorgeous lights at that zoo, that’d be amazing to visit at nighttime!
    Great round-up post! I hope you’re keeping well – I’ll say this early in case you don’t post again before then – I wish you a very MERRY CHRISTMAS!! 🙂
    Caz xx

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    • Thank you very much Caz for commenting. Good observation about “Easter”. As for that song “Baby Its Cold Outside”, well I admit with today’s sensibilities, the original movie version is rather concerning. However, in that some movie, Red Skelton is trying to leave and a woman is holding him back to more or less that very same song. Our Detroit Zoo is doing things to generate revenue rather than merely asking for donations. They even had a bike ride thought the zoo this summer that quickly sold out. Thanks again for your comments and Merry Christmas to you Caz.

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  2. Merry Christmas in advance to you, too, Bill! 🙂 The Dutch equivalent of Merry Christmas is still being used a lot. I reckon they’re too busy fighting over other silly matters to notice this one, but maybe next year 😉

    I specifically liked the jokes this week, lol. And that song might just have become my favourite Christmas song ever! (remember, I am like the Grinch during this season. However, maybe I should just go outside, too, haha!) 🙂

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      • I didn’t know there was such a huge discussion going on. That song is older than I am! D: What is wrong with us people today to suddenly be bothered by it and search for hidden meanings?

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      • If one listens to some of today’s music, the song is very mild. I think social media is a forum for everyone and statistically; half of all people are below average intelligence. I know many people hate hearing that and some don’t believe it. For those who don’t believe half of all people have below average intelligence, I try to comfort them by saying I really don’t believe intelligence is that important. There are thee groups of people in the world. The first group, who know hardly anything and live by instincts. The second group, who think they know, but really don’t. And the third group who really know. The interesting thing is that those who really know, think exactly like the first group, they just know why they think that way 🙂

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