And so another holiday season arrives, another season we’re not supposed to call “Christmas” because we might thus offend . . . well, not exactly sure.
Non-Christians who don’t realize how funny it is that the church simply grabbed up the pagan Winter Solstice holiday, co-opting it complete with mistletoe and “Yule logs,” and announced it had something to do with the unknown date of Jesus’ birth?
Lighten up, gentlefolk. You can always sing your own lyrics, you know. “Oh come, all ye pagans, carnal and triumphant . . .”
Regardless, in honor of America’s season of fantastically mismatched college bowl games, generally featuring such crowd pleasers as the Boise State Broncos, the Bowling Green Falcons, and our personal favorite, this year’s Popeye’s Bahamas Bowl, in which the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders are tentatively expected to line up against the mighty Toledo Rockets at the 15,000-seat Thomas A. Robinson Stadium in Nassau on Christmas Eve (Robinson won gold and silver for the Bahamas at the 1958 Commonwealth Games. His teammates did not congratulate him, as he had no teammates. He was the team. As for Toledo, we always thought they were the mighty Mud Hens, though apparently that’s just the minor league baseball franchise. Better name, though), today we highlight an even dozen new or revised listings at the online version of the Cat’s Curiosities book shop, just in time for your online Christmas shopping (for which appellation you may of course substitute any alternative gravy-rich, gift-exchanging holiday of your choosing. “Festivus, for the Rest of Us!”)