Give Me That Old Time Saturnalia…

If you thought that kvetching over the proper observance of holidays was a modern phenomenon, you’d better think again.

As to His Imperial Majesty, being descended from a long line of imperialist oppressors of all manner of stripes, we feel that any reason to party is a good one. We start off with Hanukkah, then slide effortlessly into winter solstice and then, after a heavy dose of aspirin, it’s Christmas which, according to old Imperial Tradition, must be celebrated continuously until the traditional hailing of the New Year arrives.

Our liver is pickled, we tell you, pickled.

42 comments

  1. 1
    Lord Spatula I, King & Tyrant growls and barks:

    Oh, that reminds me – you’ve cookies waiting for you, courtesy of Beth.

    Lemme know when & where you want them delivered.

    Before I scarf ‘em all. (evil, malevolent grin)

  2. 2
    Mike M growls and barks:

    mmmm…….pickled.

  3. 3
    LC the Humble Devildog growls and barks:

    There is a rumour abounding that there may be a CheeseHead invasion of Texas around the 7th of July, 2005….

  4. 4
    Natasha G.L.O.R.&I.P.P.W. growls and barks:

    And Old Style Russian Christmas actually is on January 7-8. So, after the New Year, don’t be in too much of a hurry to lock up the vodka.

  5. 5
    LC ms heather, G.L.O.R. growls and barks:

    For a VRCW convention, HDD?
    :D

  6. 6
    LC mrs heather, G.L.O.R. growls and barks:

    Mrs, not Ms anymore…;)

  7. 7
    LC the Humble Devildog growls and barks:

    MRS (congrats….I think) heather,

    No, more of a recon mission…it seems the CheeseHead invasion will consist of some scouting of places to move. Austin is definitely on the list of targets (stop snickering! It can’t be worse than where I’m at! Can it?!), with possibly a side trip to the DFW area. San Antonio may be able to make the cut. Other places will be invaded on a time-permitting basis.

  8. 8
    Emperor Misha I growls and barks:

    Боже мой, Natasha!

    Are you trying to kill me here?

    G-d Bless the Gregorian calendar. Now, if only there was a way to extend the festivities into the spring equinox…

  9. 9
    LC mrs heather, G.L.O.R. growls and barks:

    MRS (congrats….I think) heather

    ,

    Should’ve been that way from the beginning. :)

  10. 10
    mc muck4doo growls and barks:

    yer gonna luv austin. thatn where ima live. welcom naybor!

    south austin is waitin fer you! :)

  11. 11
    LC NEilV growls and barks:

    Misha the merciless,
    Emeperor I think a decree to extend the Holiday season into the spring equinox is within the rights of a benvolent dictator,and having read the signs in the latest Sheep sacrifice ,Its is an omen that we must celebrate the season a bit longer then usual.
    Raising glass of Crown to toast the season…
    Happy Holidays

  12. 12
    Natasha G.L.O.R.&I.P.P.W. growls and barks:

    Well, Vashe Velichestvo, it can almost be done. Consider: according to that same calendar, the Old New Year comes on January 13-14.

    Then, going back to our normal calendar, surely there will be enough birthdays among the LCs and the Imperial Courtiers to keep Your Majesty well-soused till spring or even later.

  13. 13
    LC mrs heather, G.L.O.R. growls and barks:

    If I remember correctly, His Imperial Rottieness’ birthday is in January.

    (same as mine)

  14. 14
    ninme growls and barks:

    Don’t forget Eastern Orthodox Christmas, which isn’t till the 6th. And after that it’s just a stone’s throw to the Superbowl, which, for the sake of drinking, even non-sports-fans consider the true end to the holidays.

  15. 15
    LC Denita TwoDragons, G.L.O.R. growls and barks:

    Muck4doo, you’re an Austinite?? I spent a short time in South Austin, a few blocks behind the Westgate Mall. I love what they did with the Mall but I sure do miss the arcade and the ice cream shop that used to be there… (Though I like the theater now, they don’t skimp on the butter in the popcorn!)

    Later I ended up in Northeast Austin close to Ed Bluestein. Nice neighborhood by day, but Heaven help anyone who was caught outdoors at night. Yipes!

    –TwoDragons

  16. 16

    Hey, I’m NEAR Austin, too!!! :-)

    And, Sire, I’d give LSI a call… he was eyeing those cookies quite covetously…

  17. 17
    DumbAss Tanker growls and barks:

    Well, Fasching/Mardis Gras can take you on into February if you squint a little and pretend to be sort of Catholic (hey, you probably had some Catholic ancestors somewhere up the line…).

  18. 18
    LC Midaz Wannabe Imperial Beer Swiller growls and barks:

    Austin??????????

    Oh come ON people. Austin is where Texans who hate Texas live. It is a blue island in a red ocean. GEEEEEEEEEEZ!

  19. 19
    LC the Humble Devildog growls and barks:

    Midaz,

    But, you see, I live in Madison, WI…where people who think Democrats are too conservative live. Austin, TX has to be better than Madison. It can’t be any worse.

  20. 20
    Rusty the Crusty Curmudgeon growls and barks:

    Actually I didn’t find Austin that bad for a liberal enclave in Texas… I could escape to Cedar Park if it got too bad. And man I miss Fry’s…. The only thing that really bugged me was the independent homeless entrepeneurs bums on the street corners everywhere I drove.

  21. 21
    LC mrs heather, G.L.O.R. growls and barks:

    OT—

    Where, oh where to shop?

    (Glad to see most of faves are in the red!)

  22. 22
    JosephMendiola growls and barks:

    Ya mean HAPPY HOLIDAY SPIRIT, or that “Christmanukkah—” whatever it is, on TV – Ah, GLOBALISM, where everyone else keeps their traditions except America! You know, DIVERSITY and EQUALISM, where America is the one and only one to CONCEDE, APPEASE, AND GIVE UP!? Like Socialist-Commie OWG where America and Amerikan taxpayers foot most if not all the bill/costs but yet can’t be allowed to make the rules or decide how to spend it – what the hay, Amerika is not even allowed to be sovereign! We’re anti-sovereign, anti-capitalist, anti-democratic, and anti-American thanks to our Clintonism-premised National Communist= Fascist = still Communist -centric heartland and mainstream!

  23. 23
    Leo growls and barks:

    Christmahanukwanzakuh. *gag*

  24. 24
    David S growls and barks:

    OT

    I spent a short time in South Austin, a few blocks behind the Westgate Mall. I love what they did with the Mall but I sure do miss the arcade and the ice cream shop that used to be there… (Though I like the theater now, they don’t skimp on the butter in the popcorn!)

    Lady 2D,

    If you’re talking about Amy’s Ice Cream, it’s still in the center, just around the corner from the theater next to EB Games. I work near Westgate Mall, often go to the Arby’s on the far side of the center for lunch. (but probably won’t go as often since they showed up on the ‘Shop Blue’ list)

  25. 25
    Elephant Man growls and barks:

    This is why I hate Christmas shopping.

    Stuck in Wal-Mart and having to watch and listen to this.

    (multiplied by at least ten!)

    Guaranteed to the Christmas spirit right out of you.

  26. 26
    Emily Nelson growls and barks:

    The New Year for Trees is January 25 2005.

  27. 27
    LC Scotty growls and barks:

    “OT—

    Where, oh where to shop?

    (Glad to see most of faves are in the red!)”

    damnit! I came across this site the other day and I wanted to post it here, but the most recent thread was the hero slideshow, and I didn’t think it appropriate. Now I have been scooped. crap crap crap! ;-)

  28. 28
    N. O'Brain, IMfUI growls and barks:

    Misha I, Hammer of Trolls, getting hammered.

    I really wanta see that.

    N. O’Brain
    Imperial Minister for Useless Information

  29. 29
    Elizabeth growls and barks:

    Hic! Works for me!

    My youngest’s birthday is January. My dad’s is February. My mom’s and brother’s is in March. My middle daughter’s and granddaughter’s is in April. My sister-in-law’s is in May. Hell, I won’t be sober until June!

    Elizabeth
    Imperial Keeper of Killer Lagomorphs

  30. 30
    Um Yeah growls and barks:

    natasha stop stolking me! I wont fuck you any more!

    youll have to go back to you dad

  31. 31
    LC Scotty growls and barks:

    Somehow the abject lack of punctuation and spelling makes the troll even more hideous. I suspect that Ms. Natasha would prefer having the skin flayed from her body rather than engage in sexual congress with the likes of you. Don’t you have a bridge to sit under?

  32. 32
    Elizabeth growls and barks:

    No, Scotty, he’s got to put the sandwich board back on with the chicken suit and go back to work or the boss will kick his butt.

    Elizabeth
    Imperial Keeper of Killer Lagomorphs

  33. 33
    LC NEilV growls and barks:

    Um yeah needs to be tarred and feathered.

  34. 34
    mc muck4doo growls and barks:

    havent been to westgate ina while. am usualy go to hiland cuz its closer. when ima go visit mum4doo in cedar park then im go to lakeline mall.

    cedar parks purdy conservative.

    as far as em homeless on evry corner (alot of em young peples to boot) your can have fun throwin quarters at em while drivin by at 45 mph. or throw a nickel and lookin the rear miror as they are scrasmble to find it.

  35. 35
    LC Denita TwoDragons, G.L.O.R. growls and barks:

    as far as em homeless on evry corner (alot of em young peples to boot) your can have fun throwin quarters at em while drivin by at 45 mph. or throw a nickel and lookin the rear miror as they are scrasmble to find it.

    Why waste money? Throw Molotov cocktails instead… *evil grin*

    OK I’m kidding, people. It might cause a brushfire. That would be bad.

    Highland Mall is pretty good, too. I just wish the escalators weren’t so absurdly small. The only one of any decent width is the one in the J.C. Pennys!

    –TwoDragons

  36. 36
    LC Cromagnon growls and barks:

    Our liver is pickled, we tell you, pickled.

    Emperor, you say that like it’s a bad thing. 8-)
    Merry Christmas, O most worthy Imperator!

  37. 37
    LC Mary in LA, G.L.O.R. growls and barks:

    This thread seems to call for a Pickled Liver recipe. Enjoy! :-)

  38. 38
    LC mrs heather, G.L.O.R. growls and barks:

    Um yeah needs to be tarred and feathered

    From the pickle suit to the chicken one?

  39. 39
    ramesh growls and barks:

    Just finished watching that Wolf Blitzer show on CNN; he signed off saying ‘Happy Holidays’.

    HAPPY HOLIDAYS? WTF????

    Then some whining socialist bitched about the ‘commercialism’ prevalent during Christmas.
    Saying ‘Merry Christmas’,according to him,offends non-Christians.

    YEAH? EXACTLY WHO???

    Here in Bombay, Christmas isn’t just a Christian holiday. All of us celebrate it and cherish the different traditions – presents,singing etc.

    Most of all, we embrace the opportunity to give those in need and bring happiness into the lives of others.

    The liberals in America seem to think that secularism means absence of religion. To me, secularism is the co-existence of different religions where we appreciate the traditions and practices of others.

    I know this is a blah-blah post, but I just had to speak my mind.

    Once again a MERRY CHRISTMAS to all the anti-idiotarians.

  40. 40
    LC#2112 growls and barks:

    Thank you and Merry Christmas to you Ramesh.
    Thank you and Merry Christmas to you Ramesh.

    ( Get it? Just poking fun at your double post…we’ve all done it at some time !)

    I hope you have a very great Christmas, even though it is not a holy day to you, it’s cool that you respect that it is to others.

  41. 41
    LC mrs heather, G.L.O.R. growls and barks:

    Ramesh,

    Thank you, Friend.

    Merry Christmas and have a wonderful holiday.

  42. 42
    Beth growls and barks:

    Never fear, Emperor, festivities WILL continue. Around here, that’s what Mardi Gras is for.

    Happy Christmaramakwanzakkah–er, CHRISTMAS–to you Emperor, Imperial Torturer?, and Sir George; and to your Royal Families as well!
    Of course, Merry Christmas also to all my fellow Imperial Loyal Citizens around here too!

    On to the Idiotarian of the Day:
    If you want someone to send a religious-themed Christmas wish to–or maybe some lumps of coal instead, try this guy.