Share Your World on Christmas Day

Happy merry jingle jangle to everyone! Whether you celebrate Christmas or something else or nothing at all and this is just another day, whether you’re in company or alone, best wishes to you all!

I have no idea what to say or do in this post, but then again I rarely have a clue what I’m up to even when I think I do…

All I know at the moment is that the very lovely and bubbly Melanie cooked up a Share Your World, and since it is a hello holiday one, I’m going to do it today.

Here’s the link to Melanie’s post – Sparksfromacombustiblemind: Share Your Holiday World – if you have the time (and want proper answers), click on over there and check out all the links in the comments section to find the posts of others who are participating! Pretty Please Thank You Mucho πŸ˜€

Let’s crack open the present presents…

Melanie’s SYW questions are in bold and my answers are the mess which follows them, plus some awesome imagery from the cornucopia of creative beings out there in the world past and present.


What Christmas beverage is also known as β€œmilk punch?”

Champagne, yeah baby! It’s hic to be yule!

Joulupukki by Andy Gosling

Before becoming tied up with Christmas what was Yule?

You’ll be sorry…

big scary scribble dude via Ink Tank: How Joulupukki, the Finnish Santa, went from Naughty to Nice

Stollen is the traditional fruit cake of which country?

Finders keepers be the sweet eaters…

In what century was the first written use of Xmas?

It was all before my time so I can’t be expected to know anything about it, there’s no possible way or means to look that kind of ancient ancestors doing stuff up…

image via History: Saturnalia

The modern Santa Claus is mainly a mix of what two figures?

Forget everything you know about Santa and watch this intense and in-depth documentary – Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale – about the man behind the myth:


Finally, What do you have to be grateful for as 2018 ends?

Io ho ho Saturnalia, hold your goats, it ain’t over yet…

Saturnalia by Sue Gent

but if I have to jump the style… I’m gratifiedful that I’m still alive and kicking, and finally able to enjoy it!

I guess it’s true what they say about Capricorns – we age backwards.

We are born little grumpy old business men and women, who slowly and painfully work their way up a mountain (which was once a molehill) to see what we can see from up there.

The air is thin, it goes to our heads, and as we’re being all high and mighty we make a misstep, lose our footing, and slip slide down…

Hitting every rock along the way, smacking our heads against trees, having our finery ripped off by snagging and sagging branches…

But at some point the rolling and tumbling becomes fun… and weeeeeeeee! finally say eff it, the gloves come off, the horns pop out, onto our hooves we go, clippety-clop, poppity-pop-pop!

From Saturnine to Saturnalian!

Or something like that.

That’s it from me…

I’m pressing publish on my messiness…

Over to you!

Feel free to rave in the comments about whatever the storyteller within needs to say…

Oh, and if you’re a Cappy have a Happy B’day Season!

Merry meet, merry part, and merry meet again!

18 thoughts on “Share Your World on Christmas Day

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  1. Okay, here goes: milk punch is a sort of toddy. I don’t like it.

    Yule is something Germanic, I think. Tied up with fires and solstice and burning logs. When the Christians became popular, many of the Yule traditions were snarffled up and incorporated.

    Stollen – Germany. I used to help my German mother-in-law with making it.

    In what century was X-mas first used? No idea. I’ll say that it was Rome and used by Christians trying to hide that they were Christians. That’s as good as this guess gets.

    Santa – what two figures? The one invented by the Coke company and dressed in company colours, and St Nick? Another guess.

    πŸŽ…

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  2. I suspect I know why that naked dude with the horns was so grumpy and potentially hazardous to ‘bad’ children everywhere. He was probably FREEZING. I mean couldn’t somebody kill a sheep or goat and make him at least some pants? The poor old fella. Now Santa is jolly and well fed, and that may be in part due to the fact that he wears flannel, which we all know is pretty warm. Blessed Yuletide to you Ursula! May you have all the cheer you can handle!

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    1. Merry Christmas, Melanie πŸ™‚ Best wishes!

      Haha! I think he may have eaten the sheep and goats in one gulp, and just didn’t think about how he could have made himself some capri pants, a sheepskin coat and a swish hat with a bobble bobbling head on it πŸ˜‰

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  3. Merry X’mas!! I have 3 active screens my desk, but I’m just restless – is there nothing better to do? The tv screen playing movie ‘Zoe’ connected from lappy #1, with a cursor flashing in the open document and lappy #2 which I’m typing this comment on. Both lappies are over 5 yrs old and I’m thinking to get desktop or a game console?

    The movie talks about synthetic humans with synthetic feelings in synthetic love with humans… What are real these days? I search for synthetic humans and landed on this article https://futurism.com/the-most-life-life-robots-ever-created Goodness! That picture in the article the faked human is just like the spooky mannequin being I saw when I was 5. I described in a post 3 weeks ago if you remember… ah, so maybe that’s not a ghost after all…

    Oh! Thank you for your psot becos I’m enjoying the Xan Griffin track ‘Capricorn’ and I check out the channel Suicide Sheep. Cool! Great music for me at times like this πŸ˜‰

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    1. Merry X-Mas, Reverist πŸ™‚

      I haven’t seen Zoe. I did really enjoy a film called Ex Machina, it’s got lots of twists and turns, and is also sort about romance between human and AI. The other night I was watching a Netflix series – The Fix – where a bunch of comedians solve real life problems humorously in each episode. They did the whole machines taking over the world, and showed a clip of this Japanese man who is replacing himself with a robot. He’s mentioned in the article you shared – Hiroshi Ishiguro ( https://spectrum.ieee.org/robotics/humanoids/hiroshi-ishiguro-the-man-who-made-a-copy-of-himself ).

      Yes, I remember the story in your post of the mannequin. It’s a very cool spooky story, and keeps adding chapters. Maybe you caught a glimpse of the future.

      This time of year is very liminal – we’re in many places looking many ways.

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      1. Happy Boxing Day πŸ™‚

        The film Zoe is a bit lacking, the beginning was slow and uninteresting, only nearing the end is there a twist and couple of touching scenes. Evan McGregor and the female performance ought be applauded though.

        While watching the film, it does feel a bit weird to think the synthetic human is so human, other than the makers, normal people can hardly tell which is a synthetic human. But look deeper, real people these days are so ‘plastic’/faked/hypocrite too, so why should it feel weird if the AI can feel and love like a human. Their intellect and emotions programmed with your DNA, the only thing lacking is flesh, their consciousness is similar to your consciousness. There is life in everything, matter, living, non-living… who said that?

        And next, I watch Mowgli, it was action filled but I dozed off midway cos the drink made me sleepy. Back to work today, my inbox is stuffed with work orders… another late night at work πŸ˜‰

        Oh ya, that engineer is weird, so are most Japs to me…they come from a repressed culture, I guess that’s why. I’m weird too. Ya so I worked with Japs for a while in the past, and actually the firm I’m in now, the major clients are Japs too.

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        1. The main problem with films about romances between humans and AI’s is that the AI is usually played by a human… so it kind of is just about humans having a fake romance for fictional entertainment reasons with other humans pretending to not be human πŸ˜‰

          I love the Japanese because they are so weird… I feel at home with their weirdness. It seems normal to me. A comfortable kind of normal.

          So I’ve just started watching My Girlfriend is a Gumiho, and in the most recent episode this non-human guy tells the gumiho girl that she’ll never be able to trust humans or enjoy their company because they’ll always see her as not human and treat her differently (not in a good way) because of it. It made me ponder how in some relationships people just don’t see us as people, we’re an object, a thing, a useful accessory or tool, a means to an end, an obstacle, a something which they need, want, or don’t need, don’t want, etc. It’s a very silly kdrama but it makes some deep observations.

          I saw a couple of quotes the other day which spoke of there being life in everything, one spoke about computer viruses as being living organisms:

          β€œI think computer viruses should count as life … I think it says something about human nature that the only form of life we have created so far is purely destructive. We’ve created life in our own image.” ― Stephen Hawking

          Not sure I totally agree with that, but it’s worth pondering.

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          1. Sometimes questions cross my mind but I’m mostly lazy to ponder all these “big” topics, no conclusion you come to could match that that experience brings i guess…

            Haa, your new post is fun πŸ˜‰ I’ll return with answers

            “The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off” – Joe Klass, Twelve Steps to Happiness

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              1. Yes! I’m done with with the questions in my new post. I think it’s this box theme that made me want to do those questions. And I enjoyed every bit of it. Hope you can enjoy reading too πŸ™‚

                I have questions for you today: Is your nickname Ursula inspired by the author Ursula Le Guin? I do not know this author before until recently. An author that I like mentioned Le Guin as one of his influences. Ursula! oh, really I thought Ursula is fictitious name, i mean only existed in stories and novels, not a name used in RL.

                Ten years ago, I randomly bought a book ‘Ghostwritten’ by an unknown author then. The book was well written, I went on reading his later works. He went to write to No.9 Dream and Cloud Altas, both which I enjoyed reading too. And he is a Capricorn too.

                I kinda like those weird Japanese too, oh and I added a J-pop song to Rhapsody two days ago. I was going to do one more post but my bed is calling me so that will have to wait tomorrow night πŸ˜‰

                Thank you for those fun questions! Have a good day.

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                1. I shall check your new postings out πŸ™‚

                  Ursula means she-bear. I reminded someone of a bear and I’m a she, so they nicknamed me Ursula and I liked it so I decided to use it when I started this blog as a creative totem. There are quite a few real people with the name Ursula, it’s not just a sea witch in a Disney animation πŸ˜‰

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                  1. Right, now I think I’ve read that about your nickname in your about page. No, the name nor the bearer sounds like a sea witch. It sounds kinda elven to me πŸ˜‰

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  4. Merry Christmas to you!!πŸŽ„πŸŽ„πŸŽ‰
    I’m laughing🀣 at images: they were called The Dark Ages for nothing! Sheesh, folks were bleak! Imagine how something sinister became a jolly ole elf. I rather have a jolly anything coming into my house than an evil goat somebody. You do get more flies with honey than vinegar.

    And the Saturnalia, yup can’t get more bacchanal/dionysian than that picture. 🍸🍷🍾πŸ₯‚πŸ»πŸΊπŸΉ and then tomorrow comes and it’s all 🀒🀒🀒

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    1. Merry Christmas, Scherezade, best wishes to you and your hubby and kids πŸ™‚

      The old folklore folks were very bleak, I guess that’s why their parties were really really wild and crazy!

      Haha! The green emojis!!! I just had a bit of bubbly and now I’m going to prep dinner because it totally makes sense to get drunk first πŸ˜‰

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