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God rest ye silent jingle bells - Tactical Ninja

Dec. 6th, 2013

10:00 am - God rest ye silent jingle bells

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So there's a meme thing going round that's kind of like an advent calendar, only people on your friends list pick a date and a topic and you write about their topic on that date. I don't know where it started but it sounds like a bit of fun and so I'm throwing the floor open for that.

I didn't really know what an advent calendar was before the internet. My life has had pretty much zero religion in it and my family, while celebrating Christmas because that's what you do, only followed the traditions in a cursory way. For example, our Christmas dinner was always eggs, beans and chips. You see, my Mum - who was awesome, for those who didn't already know that - reckoned that it was ridiculous for a celebratory holiday to involve one person (usually a woman) spending the entire day working their arse off to produce a giant meal of fancy stuff that would only get half eaten. And then spend the entire evening washing dishes.

Nuts to that, was her opinion. So, eggs beans (the baked kind, from a can) and chips it was. And you know? I miss that. Nobody can make chips like my Mum did. Also, they are better with vinegar. Just saying.

So, um, yeah. I don't know where I was going with that. But please, give me a date and a topic and I will try to accommodate you. Top tip: weekdays work better because on the weekend I'm shearing and sewing and gluing and sometimes forget about the existence of the internet.

And, artfully yoinked from jvmatucha, have a thing. Guy takes kids' drawings of monsters and turns them into full illustrations.



[edit] I should probably add that I live in the future so I'll be posting on what is potentially the day before the one you choose, depending where you live.

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From:decemberthirty
Date:December 5th, 2013 09:11 pm (UTC)
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For a date, I pick December 30th. And for a topic, let's see... How about a place you'd like to visit?
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From:tatjna
Date:December 5th, 2013 09:11 pm (UTC)
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Hmm.. that shouldn't be too difficult, since on December 30th, I am likely to be in a place I'd like to visit. ;-)
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From:decemberthirty
Date:December 5th, 2013 09:13 pm (UTC)
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Ha ha--perhaps I'm some sort of a psychic!
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From:ghost_light
Date:December 5th, 2013 09:11 pm (UTC)

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I got the advent calendars where you opened each door and there was a piece of chocolate behind it. Half the fun was seeing what shape the candy would be. I still associate Advent with chocolate.

So, Dec 8 - chocolate ;)
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From:tatjna
Date:December 5th, 2013 09:13 pm (UTC)

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A topic close to my heart! ;-)
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From:ghost_light
Date:December 6th, 2013 08:17 pm (UTC)

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Yay!
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From:m_danson
Date:December 5th, 2013 09:18 pm (UTC)
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Cool idea. Maybe I'll try it too.

It's me, so the topic has to be... How would you take over the world?

Dec 18th

Edited at 2013-12-05 09:18 pm (UTC)
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From:tatjna
Date:December 5th, 2013 09:19 pm (UTC)
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Mwuahahahahahaha...

Do you have a preferred date for the *cough* advent of this world domination?
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From:tatjna
Date:December 5th, 2013 09:19 pm (UTC)
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Haha too slow. Gotcha. ;-)
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From:labelleizzy
Date:December 5th, 2013 09:54 pm (UTC)
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okay, Dec 21, which for me is Yule.

What do you consider as holy, sacred, precious, awe-inspiring?
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From:tatjna
Date:December 5th, 2013 09:59 pm (UTC)
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Oooh, that one's going to take some thought. Interesting..
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From:tatjna
Date:December 5th, 2013 10:00 pm (UTC)

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Any specific apocalypse, or one of my choice?

And luckily I'm using Google Calendar for this because that's ages away and I'm totally forgetful.
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From:tatjna
Date:December 5th, 2013 10:22 pm (UTC)

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Right you are!
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From:heathersmoo
Date:December 5th, 2013 10:16 pm (UTC)
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I've gotten more into Advent as I've gotten older. I came up with my journal extravaganza in a dream last week :/ Anyway, I wanted to grab 12/14 since it is my birthday but I'm not sure what topic I want yet. I'll let you know!
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From:tatjna
Date:December 5th, 2013 10:18 pm (UTC)
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That is also my Dad's birthday!

Sadly, it's already taken. Although, I could do a second post I guess..
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From:ferrouswheel
Date:December 5th, 2013 10:51 pm (UTC)
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Those monsters remind me of this adult/child art mashup: http://www.deathandtaxesmag.com/209880/when-an-artist-allowed-her-4-year-old-daughter-to-finish-her-drawings-something-awesome-happened/

Your topic for 23rd of December is to draw a comic strip with people you know in it (though you don't have to identify them)
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From:tatjna
Date:December 5th, 2013 10:55 pm (UTC)
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Hah. That little girl must really like beavers! ;-)

Also, ooh! Subversive...
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From:meri_sielu
Date:December 5th, 2013 10:53 pm (UTC)
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Friday the 13th - Superstitions - specifically do you have any and are there any interesting local superstitions/folklore you can share?
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From:tatjna
Date:December 5th, 2013 10:55 pm (UTC)
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Ooo, a research topic! Nice one. ;-)
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From:ivonava
Date:December 5th, 2013 11:27 pm (UTC)
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I love advent calendars, and I was appalled when I discovered you could buy them with chocolate in them. It's wrong I tell you! (Possibly because it was cheap chocolate, if it had been Lindt I may have a whole different view.) This years calendar is based on Tolkien's Christmas Letters, and I bought it in Oxford, so I'm loving it. :)

December 9th I start my new job. Tell us about your first job. :)
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From:tatjna
Date:December 5th, 2013 11:32 pm (UTC)
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Ooh, new job! Exciting. ;-)
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From:guaparella
Date:December 5th, 2013 11:49 pm (UTC)
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"a good man" creeps me out SO MUCH. a good man, a good man.
Ummmmmm, a date.
DECEMBER 31.
The end of a year and how it makes you feel or not feel.
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From:tatjna
Date:December 5th, 2013 11:53 pm (UTC)
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Excellent. Although, I have no idea what I'll be doing on that date so it might be a bit early/late..
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From:adam_0oo
Date:December 5th, 2013 11:58 pm (UTC)
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Jan 1st.


More about vinegar and how amazing it tastes on everything.
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From:tatjna
Date:December 6th, 2013 12:00 am (UTC)
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I may have to experiment with some unusual combinations before then, just to have something good to write about.
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From:tatjna
Date:December 6th, 2013 05:50 pm (UTC)
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I totally do!

(we don't have flying cars though)
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From:meathiel
Date:December 6th, 2013 03:10 pm (UTC)
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A typical Xmas meal in Germany is potato salad and sausages ... I guess it's the same idea ... haha ...
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From:tatjna
Date:December 6th, 2013 05:50 pm (UTC)
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I have always admired German pragmatism. Maybe Mum's where I get it from! ;-)
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From:channelinglucy
Date:December 8th, 2013 09:32 am (UTC)
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December 18 (give or take a week, I'm easy).

Sheep, because I never tire reading about them. You choose the specifics.

Or, if that's too broad or easy a topic, then it's writers choice.

I was just saying the other day that I was brought up Catholic, complete with Catholic school and nuns and such, and I don't remember what advent is anymore. And since it's not covered in Jesus Christ Superstar, I can't even refresh my memory. I do very vaguely recall the priests' frocks might have changed color to purple then (but I might be confusing it with Lent). Well not their actual long gowns but the shawls worn over them.
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From:tatjna
Date:December 8th, 2013 08:34 pm (UTC)
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Right you are! I've added yours for the 19th, because I already have one for the 18th. Sheep it is! ;-)
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From:pundigrion
Date:December 13th, 2013 07:21 pm (UTC)
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How about January 3rd, for no good reason other than it is a bit after New Year's.

Let's see, chocolate is taken so tell me about your cheese!
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