Happy-Holidays!!

Realized I forgot to post this here too. Every year I draw and print up a holiday card. Then (though I forgot to last year) open it up to see if anyone would like to buy some to send out some holiday cheer!

These are the cards I have left in stock. Previous years have sold out.

Feel free to contact me k9arts[at]gmail.com if you are interested.

Taking PayPal and free shipping. :D

the-gremlin-man  asked:

Dearest Father Angel, I have a question that hopefully you can shed some insight on and I'd like to be the first to ask before you're flooded with questions like this in December. What is your opinion on the fabled "War on Christmas"? To me it's just an attempt to stroke the persecution-complex many fundamentalists seem to have. If I tell you "happy holidays" it's not an attempt to destroy Christmas, I'm just not assuming I know what you celebrate. And don't get me started on the coffee cups.

Hello,

Perhaps the issue with coffee mugs is a bit overboard, as is the phrase “War” on Christmas. 

However, I would not dismiss the creeping secularization of a religious holiday to being a mere fable or urban legend. 

The obvious root and reason for celebrating December 25th is because of the birth of Christ, which in the Catholic Church in England was called “Christ’s Mass.” When I was growing up, it was quite common for non-Christians and even atheists to say “Merry Christmas” to people, even strangers on the street.

The tree was the “Christmas tree” and the vacation was for “Christmas holiday” (again, from the English term “Holy Day”). We had “Christmas play” in school, or Christmas concerts. Gifts were called “Christmas presents” and our songs were “Christmas carols.”

If a cultural time, or a cultural event, starts off as non-religious, non-ethnic or otherwise neutral and secular event, then using neutral or secular terms is fine. We have “Summer vacation” which is a generic reference to the months after school gets out. We have “Earth Day” which is dedicated to the environment in general, and not to environmentalists from one group only. 

However, it is cultural appropriation and erasure when a very specific, in this case a specific religious event, is eclipsed with a secular or neutral vocabulary and attitude which actively removes the proper title. For instance, do we call Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday “Celebrate Diversity Day” so as not to offend non-blacks? When Muslims are greeted at Ramadan, do we hide the word “Ramadan” and instead say, “Greetings for Fast and Prayer Day” in order to not offend non-Muslims?

This is the problem with the “Happy Holidays” mantra. It is a cultural appropriation by secularists, or the sensitivity brigade, of what is a cherished Christian celebration. Christians are corrected, or told that they are being insensitive, for drawing attention to their own holiday. 

If some wished to say Happy Holidays, or Winter Vacations, and did not impose this on others, that would be fine. But for some, they are shut down for wanting to say, at Christmas, “Merry Christmas.” The attitude is that it is now obligatory *not* to say “Merry Christmas.”

In Israel, what do you think they call the days of the celebration of Hanukkah? Surprisingly, they call it Hanukkah LOL. They don’t take Hanukkah, a specifically Jewish time, for a Jewish event in the Jewish religion, and paste over it, with other names and other phrases which have nothing to do with their religion and culture. They do not allow their Jewish, public celebrations to be erased with secular or neutral phrases.

To use another example, if you tell a Mexican, on May 5th, “Happy Taco Day”, they will not be amused. Yes, it is true, that not all people celebrate the Cinco de Mayo. Yes, it is true, that some who are not Mexican, might not like being told, “Happy Cinco de Mayo.” 

But to move to erase or make the ethnicity of the day invisible, by referring to the day by a food or other title (”Happy May Season”) so that everyone feels included, just makes Mexicans feel offended and everyone else more bullied into sensitivity training which is not that sensitive after all. If Mexicans get offended by such erasure, it is not a “persecution complex” but an insistence that their significant contributions not be made invisible. 

There is a massive and impacting influence from Christians, and from the Christian way of celebrating the birth of Christ, which should be honored, recognized, and highlighted at December 25th and the “12 Days of Christmas.” To expunge and become hyper allergic to the specificity of the holiday because of its religious roots is to practice erasure while hiding behind a false notion of sensitivity. God bless and take care, Fr. Angel

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i’m the secret santa for @twentyeightisalie who wanted bones doctoring so, how about bones delivering them gorn octuplets who came out biting and their proud n happy parents

ok so gorns usually have fellow gorn be their doctors, especially for something as personal as this, but there was an emergency and bones was the only option. it took him an hour or two to get the couple to trust him and no small amount of effort to get those babies safe and sound. they’re very durable and energetic so its pretty normal to have them naked n crawling everywhere after birth. he’s also their favorite doctor (and the family occasionally comms him from time to time).

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The only one who can win against me is me!: Victor’s B-Day Special

An almost 2-month late update to:

Parts 1-5 of this Young!Victor -> Yuuri <- older!Victor comic series.

Happy Birthday, (both!) Victors! <3 May your days be filled with lots of Yuuris <3

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