Burning The Devil

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    Dec 07, 2011 7:00 PM GMT
    Today marks the beginning of the Christmas season in Guatemala. Families will gather at 6:00 PM to "burn the devil" (see my short write-up about it on the Encyclopaedia Britannica Blog: http://bit.ly/tAG0vl). No song gets me in the spirit more than Al Hirt's Nutty Jingle Bells. It's my dad's favorite, and along with Ray Conniff's "Christmas With Conniff" album, it was a staple of my childhood--a childhood that was a very happy one.

    Christmas Eve was always the big day. We'd get up late, have breakfast to the sound of Christmas music, then go out and pay visits to several family friends. We'd come back home in the late afternoon to wrap some last-minute gifts, and get dressed for church. The service was usually at around 7:00 PM. After that, we'd go back to my house. My cousins and grandparents would come and hang out till 10:00 or 11:00 PM. At that point we'd sit down for dinner (always turkey, and I always got the drumstick). My grandparents always stayed at my house and had dinner with us.

    At midnight we would all go out into the street and burn fireworks and firecrackers. Then we'd come back in, place the little Baby Jesus statuette on the nativity scene, and say a prayer. After that, we got to open the presents. I stopped believing in Santa Claus when I was 8 or 9, but before that, the story was that Santa came to deliver the presents right at midnight, while we were burning the fireworks. A few times my parents hired a Santa impersonator to come deliver the presents, but that backfired the last year I believed--the guy had forgotten to bring a bell, so he borrowed one from my grandmother's living room (they lived next door to us). I recognized it, and that was that.

    These are a few of the songs that always take me back to those days:





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    Dec 07, 2011 7:02 PM GMT
    Burning the devil, eh? Watch out for those gay witches icon_eek.gif

    This puts me in the mood for oldies Christmas tunes. Thank goodness for Classic Holiday Radio!
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    Dec 07, 2011 9:41 PM GMT
    pocketnico saidBurning the devil, eh? Watch out for those gay witches icon_eek.gif

    This puts me in the mood for oldies Christmas tunes. Thank goodness for Classic Holiday Radio!

    Yeah, I listened to that for a couple of hours earlier today.
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    Dec 07, 2011 10:02 PM GMT
    19c79 said[...] I stopped believing in Santa Claus when I was 8 or 9, but before that, the story was that Santa came to deliver the presents right at midnight, while we were burning the fireworks. A few times my parents hired a Santa impersonator to come deliver the presents, but that backfired the last year I believed--the guy had forgotten to bring a bell, so he borrowed one from my grandmother's living room (they lived next door to us). I recognized it, and that was that.
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    C'mon man, respect Santa and cut him some slack. He's very ecologically minded, so he has the foresight to use the bells that he knows exist at his clientele home and neighborhood. (These would become family 'relics' and heirlooms! How cool would that be!) I would respect Santa even more for that. (I have no doubt that he returned it, didn't he?!) With your attitude you're lucky if you haven't received coal since.
    There's a television advertisement now where some guy leaves Santa some pain relief medicine. It helps him- makes him feel better and makes him more productive. Makes sense. (Personally I hope Santa goes on a diet. He sets a bad example and is a medical emergency just awaiting to happen. A ripped, sexy, and hott Santa would be awesome.)
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    Dec 08, 2011 7:34 PM GMT
    BuddyinNYC saidThere's a television advertisement now where some guy leaves Santa some pain relief medicine. It helps him- makes him feel better and makes him more productive. Makes sense. (Personally I hope Santa goes on a diet. He sets a bad example and is a medical emergency just awaiting to happen. A ripped, sexy, and hott Santa would be awesome.)

    Did I mention that I'm gonna be Santa for my friends' kids this year? icon_cool.gif
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    Dec 08, 2011 7:35 PM GMT
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    BuddyinNYC saidThere's a television advertisement now where some guy leaves Santa some pain relief medicine. It helps him- makes him feel better and makes him more productive. Makes sense. (Personally I hope Santa goes on a diet. He sets a bad example and is a medical emergency just awaiting to happen. A ripped, sexy, and hott Santa would be awesome.)

    Did I mention that I'm gonna be Santa for my friends' kids this year? icon_cool.gif


    Is that so? When do you make your mall appearances so we can wait in line to come sit on your lap?
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    Dec 08, 2011 8:02 PM GMT
    pocketnico said
    19c79 said
    BuddyinNYC saidThere's a television advertisement now where some guy leaves Santa some pain relief medicine. It helps him- makes him feel better and makes him more productive. Makes sense. (Personally I hope Santa goes on a diet. He sets a bad example and is a medical emergency just awaiting to happen. A ripped, sexy, and hott Santa would be awesome.)

    Did I mention that I'm gonna be Santa for my friends' kids this year? icon_cool.gif


    Is that so? When do you make your mall appearances so we can wait in line to come sit on your lap?

    Not sure about malls, but I'll hopefully be at a bookstore near you in the future, signing books...
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    Dec 08, 2011 10:08 PM GMT
    19c79 said
    pocketnico said
    19c79 said
    BuddyinNYC saidThere's a television advertisement now where some guy leaves Santa some pain relief medicine. It helps him- makes him feel better and makes him more productive. Makes sense. (Personally I hope Santa goes on a diet. He sets a bad example and is a medical emergency just awaiting to happen. A ripped, sexy, and hott Santa would be awesome.)

    Did I mention that I'm gonna be Santa for my friends' kids this year? icon_cool.gif


    Is that so? When do you make your mall appearances so we can wait in line to come sit on your lap?

    Not sure about malls, but I'll hopefully be at a bookstore near you in the future, signing books...


    So that's how they say it P. correctly, the loophole.
    Ho-Ho-Homo!