For years I had a supposed comedy bit that I repeated on Christmas day based on this piece of Alex Ross art.
It was a funny bit. Sort of. Maybe. I don’t know. Anyway, this year I went to repost said bit and it just didn’t feel right. My sense of humor hasn’t changed all that much but it really didn’t reflect what I wanted to post on Christmas Day this year.
I think it’s because the meaning for the holiday has changed for me. I realize I have an international audience and that not everyone that comes to this blog celebrates Christmas. Even those of us that do celebrate the holiday have different opinions on how to honor it and even what Christmas means. There is a lot of talk about a “War on Christmas” and how we need to remember the “reason for the season” and all that. I think the concept of a “War on Christmas” is largely manufactured by the big news outlets in an effort to get ratings but I can get behind the whole “reason for the season” thing even though, again, that can mean different things to different people. For some it is about family. For others it is to honor the birth of Christ. I think both are equally valid.
So the question became what am I going to post if I scrap the usual gag thing I usually put up. I thought about posting the picture above this paragraph and calling it a day but a thought kept nagging me that I should do more and that more should have say something that reflects both my feelings about Christmas and how Superman would view the holiday season. Luckily the 1940’s radio series came through with both.
I can honestly say that I couldn’t have put it better myself. It’s interesting that many of the sentiments expressed in a message from the mid forties still resonates today.
It is my sincerest hope that if you celebrate Christmas you are able to spend it with those that you love and to the people that can’t make it home…to those that have to work on the holiday…to the men and women serving in the armed forces and might be thousands of miles from their friends and family I want you to know that my thoughts are with you today.
Merry Christmas, everyone.