Archive for December, 2015

1969  SOUNDTRACK: ABIGAIL WASHBURN-Tiny Desk Concert #101 (January 3, 2011).

abigailAbigail Washburn had plans to study law at Beijing University in China.   Before she left, she bought a banjo—she wanted to take something to China that was American.  Then Washburn went on a road trip to study the banjo and to learn some tunes. She found her way to the Augusta Heritage Center in West Virginia, then to North Carolina and then Kentucky to the International Bluegrass Association. It was there that she sat down with a few women to play music, and right then and there was offered a record deal. She blew off China ans has made a career as a banjo player–typical story.

In the ten years since then, she has been to China (with her banjo) where she learned Chinese folk music.  She now mixes American bluegrass and folk with Chinese folk music.  For this Tiny Desk, she plays three songs with her band Rob Hecht on fiddle, Jared Engel on bass, Jamie Dick on drums and Kai Welch on keyboards and trumpet.  She uses two different banjos, a normal sized one and, om the final track, a great big-bottomed one.

The first song “City of Refuge” she says is done in hop high tuning (in case you were interested).  It’s fun seeing how fast her right hand is moving while her left hand is fairly still and her vocals are fairly slow.

“Taiyang Chulai” is a traditional Chinese song meaning “The Sun Has Come Out and We Are So Happy.”  She sings in Chinese (and plays no banjo).  Her Chinese sounds amazing (and it’s really funny to see her speaking/singing it).  She says that taught American folk music in China and learned that she needed to do arm gestures since all Chinese folk songs have accompanying arm movements.  She also wore armbands which her grandma made for her.

“Bring Me My Queen” is the final song.  I found it interesting that her songs are rather slower than the Chinese song, at least in tempo.  This song is even slow for a banjo song.  But it’s quite beautiful.  In addition to being a great banjo player, Washburn has a lovely voice, too.

[READ: December 8, 2015] The Complete Peanuts 1969-1970

I was excited to get to this book to see which strip was published on my birthday (it’s sort of like seeing the headlines from the New York Times on your birthday).

Well, sadly, my strip was kind of boring–part of an annual be kind to animals or national dog week or something like that.  Nothing life-changing or earth-shattering.   Good grief.

I also decided that I’m taking a break from Peanuts for a time.  I have really enjoyed what I’ve read, but I need a breather.  I have read twenty some years of the strips over the last few months and, even if Schulz never rested, he didn’t condense twenty years into a few months either.  So sometime later in 2016 I’ll resume the books.

This book is notable for revealing Woodstock’s name!  I feel like that was the last big revelation that we’ll see for a while.  I am curious to see if the 70s added any new characters. (Well, there is Marcie.  I wonder when she comes along).

1969 starts out with Lucy saying that this is her year, “it’s all mine.”  Although a few days later she asks for a refund.  Lucy finally gets fed up with Schroeder and not only kicks his piano but throws it into the kite eating tree.  In March of 1970, Lucy says “I’m a new feminist.”

There’s a lot of Lucy/Snoopy rivalries.  In May 1969 we see the first an only reference so far to tether ball–Lucy is great at it (until Snoopy beats her).  There has been a somewhat recurring joke about Lucy beeping Snoopy on the nose (which he hates).  She does it in April and says it has been 384 days since she did it last (I wonder if anyone confirmed that).  In June, Charlie and his family go on vacation and Lucy is in charge of Snoopy (and she is particularly harsh).

Los of things happen to Snoopy this year.  As is per usual, Snoopy is skating in the winter time.  He is planning to win trophies (skating with Peppermint Patty–although she has to break the news that she is not interested).  He is also in preparation (in March 1969) to be the first beagle on the moon (wearing an astronaut helmet).  Surprisingly, there is no acknowledgement when the first man does land on the moon.

In April 1969, Snoopy goes on a two-week journey looking for his mom (but doesn’t find her).  In July of 1969 Snoopy takes up roller derby (for a very brief time).  In September of 1969 Snoopy finishes his first novel and submits it for publication. But he is rejected!  In Sept 1969 there are a lot of football jokes involving Snoopy and the little bird (the bird being too small to move a football of course).  March 1970 shows the return of the Easter beagle.

1969 sees a lot of talk of “Head Beagle.”  First Frieda reports Snoopy to the Head Beagle for not chasing rabbits.  Later Snoopy is appointed Head Beagle but can’t handle the workload.

In the summer of 1970, Snoopy goes to give a speech at the Daisy Hill puppy farm and a riot breaks out with tear gas!  And in September 1970 Snoopy wears a cooper bracelet to cure his arthritis.

In July 1970 Snoopy reveals a good truism “If you think about something at three o clock in the morning and then again at noon the next day you get different answers.”  Also in July is the first mention of “The Six Bunny-wunnies” fictional series of books.

For a few weeks in August of 1970 Snoopy pretends to be a grocery clerk (butter 28¢, bread 39¢, eggs 59¢, tea 79¢).

Lots of things seem to happen on the baseball field this year.

And in April 1969 Charlie Brown’s team wins two games in a row–neither team could make it so they both forfeit (Franklin is on one of those teams).  Later in June of 1969 Snoopy wins the Rookie of the year award for the baseball team.

In March of 1969 Linus make a sports drink which “replaces the body stores and prevents and diminution of vitally needed electrolytes and nutrients.”  (Gatorade was invented in 1965 and became popular with athletes in 1967).

Some great moments in this book:

In May of 1969 (on the baseball mound, of course) the team is talking about the costs of college “it can cost almost sixteen thousand dollars to go to college.”  The joke comes that Charlie is hoping for a baseball scholarship and every one busts out laughing.

In May of 1969 the school nurse is going to weigh them and Linus says he’s going to as about his hurting shoulder, “never pass up a chance to get a little free medical advice.”

In August, Linus’ gramma says she’ll donate $10 to his favorite charity, “ten dollars is a lot of money.”  (He ultimately decides not to accept).

In July of 1969 the little red-haired girl moves from Charlie’s street!  And Charlie never says anything to her.  Later in December 1969 Linus Charlie and Snoopy go skiing (on a school ski trip).   Charlie sees the little red-haired girl and falls off the ski lift.

Charlie makes a funny joke when he offers to shovel Lucy’s snow.  He asks for a quarter and she says “What if it snows tomorrow and covers up our walk again.  Do we get our quarter back?”  He replies, “No by then I will have spent it on riotous living.”

Peppermint Patty gets a lot of strips in these two years.  In Nov 1969 she talks about school: “I signed up for Folk Guitar, computer programming, stained glass art, shoemaking and a natural foods workshop.  I got spelling, history, arithmetic and two study periods.  I learned that what you sign up for and what you get are two different things.”  (I would TOTALLY sign up for those classes too).

She returns a lot in 1970–she’s a great character allowing Schulz to explore all different kinds of kids and ideas.  In the beginning of 1970 she is called to the principals’ office because she’s not allowed to wear sandals to school any more.  She cries and calls Charlie Brown for advice.  It takes Snoopy to kiss away her tear to snap her out of it.  The strip series ends with Franklin saying, “All I know is any rule that makes a little girl cry has to be a bad rule.”

Patty also says that she got an F on a test because she has a big nose–if a teacher doesn’t like your looks there’s nothing you can do.  Franklin looks at the paper and says “you turned in a blank test paper.”  She sighs, “there’s nothing you can do.”

In December 1970 Peppermint Patty invites Snoopy to a “turn about dance” (where the girls ask the boys).  They have a good time until a boy asks who her weird-looking friend is.  She punches him out and feels guilty about it until Snoopy says he had a great time and he’s the one who bit the chaperone.  Their friendship is great.

In Sept 1970 Patty has a crisis–thinking she’s not beautiful  (then Snoopy gives her a kiss).  The following week her dad gives her a dozen roses and says that the boys will be calling on her when she grows up and he wants to be the fist one in her life to give her a dozen roses.  It brought tears to my eyes.

In June of 1970, Peppermint Patty asks to borrow Charlie Brown’s glove for a kid on her team named “Thibault.”  Which leads to Charlie asking “Thibault?” at least twice.  Then Thibault (who has sideburns), refuses to give the glove back.  But Charlie Brown is happy by this because Thibault accuses him of “thinking you’re better than us.” And Charlie gleefully says “Me?  Better than someone else?”

1969 ends for Charlie when he buys a ticket to a sports awards dinner.  He gets a seat right next to Joe Shlabotnik…who never shows up.

This strip really sums up why Charlie Brown is so likable.  On October 26 in which Linus describes an amazing football game in which a team makes an amazing come from behind victory with seconds left in the game .  He describes the great plays and then Charlie’s response is “How did the other team feel?”

Sally is starting to become a more fully developed character–opinionated but often horribly wrong.  In May of 1970 she buys a fish tank saying “This is the age of aquariums.”  And she has no tolerance for school.  In Sept 1970 she asks why they have to learn all of these things in school.  Why does she have to learn the names of rivers?  “I’ve never even seen a river!  They could at least take me to see a river.”  Later she writes a theme for school, “If I had a pony:”  “If I had a pony I’d saddle up and ride so far from this school it would make your head swim.”  Then she crumples it up and says “That’ a good way to get a D-minus.”  In Nov she shows the class a document that is written by “an actual caveman.”  The punch line: “Show and Lie is my best subject.”

The best Great pumpkin joke comes in Oct 1970 when Lucy says “Santa Claus has elves to help him…what does the great pumpkin have, oranges?”

There are a couple of topical jokes.  In July 1970, when it rains during a game Lucy starts singing “Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head” (which was a hit in early 1970).  And in December 1970, the kids use a Ouija board which had been released as a game earlier that year.

And then on June 22, 1970 the little bird reveals his name to be Woodstock!  (strangely it was a year after the concert).  With a name he acts no differently.  In Nov 1970 Woodstock tries to fly south but gets lost.  So Snoopy walks with him.  After a week they get grabbed by a girl who say “Ma, I found a stray dog!”  Then Snoopy is tied up for a few days while Woodstock tries to rescue him.

The year ends with Sally doubting whether you really have to be good for Santa to bring you presents “the old rascal is bluffing…I know that [he] will bring me presents whether I am good or not.”  Then on Christmas Day, ”I was right!”

This was a great book, with some excellent strips and character developments.

Mo Willems, beloved children’s author, wrote the foreword.  Mo says he started his career by selling black market drawings of Snoopy and Charlie Brown in second grade.  He learned that even bullies liked Charlie Brown.  He says he could utterly relate to Charlie’s world, “For me, an immigrants kid, recently plopped into the middle of a small school in the insular world of uptown New Orleans, Charlie Brown was the only one who understood how confused and unhappy I felt.”

He says he aspired to Linus-ness: to be wise and kind and highly skilled at making gigantic structures of playing cards.  But he knew he was always a Charlie brown.  “Sometimes when I am in a deep funk and feel like my life if is an uphill battle…I try to stop and imagine someone reading the comic strip of my frustrated life and laughing.”

All of his characters are an homage to Schulz in some way.  And the greatest lesson her learned from Schulz, is “never let the characters know they are funny.”

He concludes by saying that Peanuts isn’t Art… it’s better.  He toured the Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center and held an original comic but he found it anti-climatic.  They were too precious to be enjoyed…they became Art.  The magic that you get from having them in a book or newspaper was missing.


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resist3SOUNDTRACK: CHARLIE SIEM-Tiny Desk Concert #134 (June 15, 2011).

siemWhen he was 3 years old, Charlie Siem heard violinist Yehudi Menuhin play Beethoven’s Violin Concerto. That was all it took to inspire him to pursue the violin. Siem studied at Eton and the Royal College of Music, and now he plays one of Menuhin’s old violins—a stunning 1735 Guarneri del Gesu.  Upon describing this centuries old instrument he says “it helps me a lot when I’m doing my… little thing.”  He is also greatly amused when NPR’s Stephen Thompson asks if he can borrow it.

Siem recently discovered that he’s related to the 19th-century Norwegian violin virtuoso and composer Ole Bull. So he started off his Tiny Desk show with Bull’s bucolic Cantabile.  His introduction is great.  He says that Bull was a precursor to Paganini, who emigrated to the States and set up a colony on Pennsylvania.  He calls him a “really crazy guy.”  It’s a beautiful piece with occasional really high notes.  This violin seems to have an unreal sound to it, bringing it what sounds like harmonic notes or something.

Paganini’s Introduction and Variations on Paisiello’s “Nel Cor Piu”  (an aria from a now-forgotten Paisiello opera), contains a grab bag full of violin special effects.  This is just incredible.  His fingers move faster than can be believed.  There are trills all up and down the neck, there’s pizzicato plucking with his left hand (how?).  In a section of “harmonics” he even whistles the final note.  It’s amazing to watch.

Leopold Godowsky: Alt Wien (“Old Vienna”) (arr. Heifetz)  This is a lovely piece with lots of high keening notes in an arrangement by the incomparable Jascha Heifetz.

It’s amazing that Siem can be so good and yet somehow I’d never heard of him.  His kind of virtuosity is amazing.  And, as it turns out he’s a total hunk with a deep resonating actor’s voice as the pages of Italian Men’s Vogue magazine.  He’s also the 2011 spokesman for Dunhill, the men’s fashion house.  The write up says that for his Tiny Desk Concert appearance, you could say Siem dressed “casual, but with an understated elegance,” right down to his left-hand pinky, with its pink-painted fingernail.

I definitely need to hear more from him.

[READ: December 8, 2015] Victory

This final book in the trilogy sees the culmination of French Resistance against the Nazis.

We learn in the introduction that it has been four years since the occupation began and although victory seems within sight, things have been getting worse.  There’s hardly any food or resources and the Nazis are growing even more angry and vicious.  On June 6, 1944 the Allies landed in Normandy.  But they had a lot of fighting to do before they could liberate Vichy.

As this book opens we see Paul called into the prison because of his drawings.  He looks older now (a great detail on the drawing) and he finds it much easier to lie to the guards.  After an interrogation, Lucie’s father–the policeman we saw in the previous book who seemed to turn a blind eye to Paul’s activity–accuses him of sneaking around to see Lucie.  Paul catches on quickly that the man is helping him and when they are free together, Paul learns that there are people on his side who he never suspected. (more…)

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resist2SOUNDTRACK: SIERRA LEONE’S REFUGEE ALL STARS-Tiny Desk Concert #118 (April 6, 2011).

sierraSierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars are famous for their story.  Its members met in refugee camps during Sierra Leone’s civil war and formed a band to spread joy during an otherwise difficult time.  But the band’s music is what has stood the test of time.  Ten years, two albums and an award-winning documentary later, these eight men are still riding that upbeat reggae groove.

The band consists of three drummers (all with hand-held drums) and one percussionist.  There’s 2 guitars (one electric and one acoustic) a bass and everybody sings.  Their music has a reggae feel, although it’s not exactly reggae, I don’t think.

“Jah Come Down” opens the show. The acoustic guitar keeps the melody while the electric guitar plays a riff throughout.  Occasionally the bass comes in with a cool line or two adding a nice low end.

“Living Stone” has a different singer (the percussionist).  His vocals are a bit more mellow, as this song is.  It’s amazing to see the age range of the players.

“Tamagbondorsu (The Rich Mock The Poor)” is the final song.  It opens with a guitar lick that reminded me of Paul Simon’s Graceland until i re-thought and realized that Graceland sounded like this.

The songs are fun and lively, perfect for dancing (as the singer does during the long instrumental outro).  Most reggae sounds the same to me, and these three songs do tend to blend together quite a lot.  But the music is fun and the players’ skill is undeniable.

Here;s to ten more years.

[READ: December 4, 2015] Defiance

This book is set three years into the Nazi occupation of France.  Things are sort of the same but worse for the residents of Vichy.  Neighbors inform on neighbors, and some residents collaborate with the Germans (and are more successful because of it).  And then in 1943, a new French-based Nazi police force called the Milice begin keeping watch over their own people

This aggressiveness causes more resistance, of course. And Paul has been drawing detailed and insulting pictures and posting them all over town (which is making the Milice quite upset).

Of course the kids are taking more aggressive stances now, too.  Some say that the posters are causing more harm because it makes the police mad.  But other kids’ parents have joined the police–some of whom are nice to the kids.  Even Paul’s sister, Marie, believes what her teachers say about Marshall Philippe Pétain (there’s a lesson about Pétain at the end of the book) and his governance.  And no one is going to say anything about the Resistance.   (more…)

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resistSOUNDTRACK: LUISA MAITA-Tiny Desk Concert #100 (December 26, 2010).

maitaI’ve not heard of Maita.  The NPR write up speaks about the electronic flourishes and deep grooves of her songs.  Felix Contreras worried that their stripped down ensemble (only guitar, bass and fascinating bongos) would have a hard time creating that sound.

And in one way they do.  Except that it’s clear they didn’t even try.  Rather, they play a simple, but engaging kind of mellow Brazilian dance music.  In the first song, “Ai Vem Ele,” the guitar and bass play the same grooves except when they each take some meandering moments.  The percussion keeps a quiet but steady rhythm and Maita sings vocals and accent notes all over the place to keep the song interesting.  I really enjoyed at the end of the song when the bassist played exactly the vamping solo that she was singing.

“Alento” is a much faster song, with quickly sung lyrics.  It allows for rapid guitar playing and more uptempo feel.

They only play two songs (about 8 minutes long), but it really shows the kind of range she is capable of.

[READ: December 1, 2015] Resistance

This First Second graphic novel is about the Nazi occupation of France.  It’s not exactly light reading and yet Jablonski has taken this incredibly dark story and found an excellent and compelling narrative about one family who works as part of the resistance to fight back against their oppressors.

This is the first book in a trilogy and I am curious to see what the next two books bring as this story was nicely wrapped up but there are so many more stories which could be told.

Jablonski also helpfully sets up the situation in the introduction.  She explains how France was split in two as a result of the armistice agreement.  She gives a very brief but powerful explanation for why they would agree to splitting their country in half.  Paris and the upper portion of France became Occupied while Vichy and the southern part of France were “Free” (but still with a large Nazi presence).

This story is about an average family.  Paul Tessier and his parents and little sister live in the free part of France. Paul is an artist, and I love the way Purvis juxtaposes Paul’s art with what is actually happening (placing Paul’s “drawing” in the middle of the action so we know he is observing everything. (more…)

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[LISTENED TO: December 2015] Heck

heckI read this book several years ago.  I remember enjoying it but not loving it.  But when we were looking for an audio book and I saw that this was narrated by Bronson Pinchot, I knew we had to listen to it.  And the kids liked it a lot (although Tabby didn’t love the ending, which is sad, but is more of a set up for volume 2).

The premise of the book is that Heck is where you go when you die if you’re under 18.  They’re not quite sure where you’re going to wind up, so you have to go through Heck, which is basically school, until they can sort out which layer of Hell you’re going to wind up in.  Needless to say Heck is full of bad kids (and bad demons).

Our two bad kids are Milton and Marlo Fauster.  Marlo is a troublemaker from way back.  She is a petty thief and is always up to no good.  Milton is a good kid.  He never did anything bad in his life, and he always gets abuse from Marlo.  As the book opens, Milton and Marlo are sprinting down the corridor of a mall where Marlo has just stolen something. She is planning on wreaking havoc with Grizzly Mall’s centerpiece: The State’s Second-Largest Bear-Themed Marshmallow Statue (that cracked me up).

The kids run to the center of the mall where they are cornered by security.  Marlo is trying to think of an escape plan when Milton notices his classmate Damian.  Damian torments Milton every chance he can get.  And now, he is standing at the top of the marshmallow bear with matches.  Milton also notices a fuse sticking out of the bear.

One explosion later, the kids find themselves no longer attached to their bodies, as they are rapidly sliding down to Heck.  Marlo deserves to be there, she’s a bad egg.  But what about Milton?  It turns out that Marlo had slipped an item into Milton’s backpack, and therefore he technically stole something as well.  A technicality but true nonetheless.

The rest of the book shows the kids in their gender-segregated classes.  The boys learn physical education from Blackbeard the pirate and ethics from Richard Nixon (the Nixon bits were hilarious, and yet I can’t imagine many kids getting the jokes).  The girls, meanwhile, learn home ec from Lizzy Borden (do kids know who that is?) and singing from an angel who is on a teacher exchange program. (more…)

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mixeduop[LISTENED TO: December 2015] From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler 

I was sure that I had read this book.  I have a copy of it and I knew the premise, but clearly, after listening to this audio book (at Sarah’s suggestion) I learned that I had not.  And the book was awesome.  All four of us enjoyed it a lot.

The story was great, but it may have had to do with Jill Clayburgh’s reading.  I don’t really know anything about her and at first I wasn’t convinced that two kids from suburban Connecticut would have such strong New York accents, but they really worked.  Especially when the kids started fighting and she had subtle distinctions between Claudia and Jaime.

Of course, the book itself is masterful.  But there’s some really unusual choices in the book, which made me wonder how good it would be.  It begins with a letter from Mrs Frankweiler to her lawyer, Saxonberg, (a rip-roaring intro to a kids book, eh?).  This introductory device sets up the story in which Mrs Frankweiler tells the story of Claudia and Kincaid’s adventures in New York City.  And it works wonderfully. (more…)

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eggnogSOUNDTRACK: THE AMOEBA PEOPLE-“The Night The Hippies Hijacked Christmas” (2010) “Christmas Ferret” (2010) “Robotic Christmas Tree” (2014).

roboticA few years ago I backed The Amoeba People in a Kickstarter campaign.  And they sent me a booklet and CD of The Complicated Saga of Eggnog and Yule Log.  I had been putting off listening to it until the holidays because it seemed perfectly holiday themed.

But as it turns out, the entire collection (four songs) is sort of tangentially Christmassy.  Since they do have three specifically Christmas songs that they have also released, I’ll mention them first.

Of the three, the promisingly titled “The Night The Hippies Hijacked Christmas” is my least favorite.  It’s overly long and uses music to fight music.  But it is “Christmas Ferret” that really steals the show.

When coal isn’t enough for someone who has been naughty at Christmastime, why not send them a present that will bite back. The way the song is sung–in a weird falsetto and staccato delivery (making it almost like a hymn) is fantastic.

The newest song is “Robotic Christmas Tree,” a dancing riotous song about trees attacking people on this festive holiday:

You think your tree
Is perfectly organic
But on Christmas Day
There will be widespread panic!

It’s a fun song, although it doesn’t quite match up to “Christmas Ferret” either.

[READ: December 21, 2015] The Complicated Saga of Eggnog and Yule Log

This collection comes with four songs.  The booklet includes the lyrics to all four songs, but it also includes two extra texts.  One is the diary musings of Uncle Leon for his extra verses to “Omaha.”  But the real treat is the extended story of Yule Log and Egg Nog.

But first the songs:

“Uncle Pat” is a great bouncing song.  It’s about Uncle Pat who claims to be Irish but isn’t (the song has a fun traditional Irish feel to it).  He tells stories about his life which everyone knows to be lies.  It’s really quite funny (we also get Uncle Pat’s recipe for egg nog, both the kid friendly and the super unfriendly versions!)

“Eight Nights of Bowling” is about how three rabbis spend their Hanukkah nights: “ten pins, eight nights you know it’s really out of sight.”  This is an unexpected punk blast.

The final song is sung by Crazy Uncle Leon (who is also mentioned in their earlier song “Cosmology, Your Futon and You”).  There’s a long opening in which Leon talks to his nephews.  He asks them why they have coats on.  And they say it’s 68 degrees in Hollywood, a really cold winter.  He is appalled and then proceeds to sing to them his tales of winters in Omaha.  Well, not tales so much as just a few words and a lot of chorus (Leon can’t think of many words as you can see from his diary entry).

The title song is actually quite short.  Eggnog wants to play, but Yule Log is angry and wants to fight.   But eggnog says “I don’t want to fight him/Like me he’s a seasonal item.”    The song is slow and sweet until it becomes fast and punky (with the same words both times).

But so much is left to wonder about with this song.  Why is Yule Log so mad?  Well, thankfully, the booklet tells us the full story.

In the fuller version,

Tchristmasferrethe logs piled on the rack congratulate the Yule Log on being picked to be used for the Christmas fire.  They say that only one log is given such an honor.   But Yule Log is pragmatic–what does it matter if I’m chosen, we’re all gong to be burned anyway.

The rest of the decorations are appalled by this attitude.  The Christmas Tree shames him saying that everyone plays a part in the Christmas tradition.  And one of the chocolate Santas says that Yule log is lucky that the Santa is stuck in the bowl or he would punch Yule Log.

As they were arguing they had to hush quickly because they head someone coming. But it wasn’t a person it was a fetching yellow carton with skinny legs and arms.   He wishes everyone a happy holiday and says that he is Eggnog.  He wishes everyone good cheer but Yule Log wants nothing to do with it.  He tells Eggnog that he is just going to be drunk tomorrow so what is he so cheerful about?

Eggnog says its better to be drunk than to go sour.  Yule Log is dismissive.

Eggnog then posits that they can fight or they can play holiday games.  The only game Yule Log is interested in is beating up Eggnog.

So what happens on Christmas Day?  Will they meet their fate?  And if so, whose attitude is better?

This is something to ponder while you sit by the fire and enjoy your own Egg nog.  Happy Christmas.


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