Posted in Christmas, Entertainment, Halloween, Television, television icons, Thanksgiving

From Peanuts to Apple

After fifty-plus years network TV has decided they are through with airing Charlie Brown and have passed the iconic cartoons off to Apple TV.

I can understand the frustrations of many. It’s a yearly tradition to be able to turn on the tube in October, November and December and watch “It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown”, “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” and “A Charlie Brown Christmas” at least once. When I was a kid it was shown only once and if you missed it, that was it for the year. In more recent years they have shown it more than once during the season. And it’s cool to be able to pass the cartoon on to your kids.

That’s why they have all the Peanuts cartoons on DVD. So you can purchase them and watch them all year long. Like I do.

So I can hear Charlie Brown complain about getting another rock in his Halloween bag. And laugh as Snoopy battles the table and chairs at Thanksgiving. And feel bittersweet at the final scene in “A Charlie Brown Christmas”. Anytime I like.

So stop bitching and complaining that network TV has moved Chuck to Apple. They were probably losing revenue on the series and now it can be Apple’s problem. Buy the DVDs and you won’t have to worry about it.

Now if they move Rudolph….then we’ll have a real problem on our hands. Just kidding. I have that on DVD also.

Posted in Christmas, Religion

The Tradition Continues: War On Christmas

A #WaybackWednesday special.  Originally posted four years ago:


The holidays are upon us and so are the yearly traditions:  drinking eggnog, sending greetings, decorating trees, watching “Rudolph” and putting up controversial billboards.  The latter is at least a tradition for the organization known as American Atheists.  For the rest of us it’s an opportune time to raise our glasses of eggnog, roll our eyes and say “whatever”.  These billboards have become so old hat, most people briefly glance at them and say “ho hum”.

This year’s billboard kind of made me chuckle:


First of all, the kid depicted in this photo looks devious.  Secondly, I believe the statement “I’m too old for fairy tales” could be considered an oxymoron.  Too old for fairy tales?  Yet in the billboard the child is “writing” a letter to Santa and is wearing a Santa hat!  Dear child, which fairy tale are you too old for?

I feel skipping church is perfectly fine.  I haven’t been to church in years but I still believe in God.  My belief is that you don’t need to go to a church to believe in God, to pray to God or to practice your religion.  Just as it is my belief that atheists don’t need to spend their money on putting up billboards to let others know they don’t believe in God.  We know you don’t believe in God.  You don’t need to throw it at us.

I’m not letting any religious groups off the hook either.  I know some of them spend money on a yearly billboard or advertisement of some sort pushing the real “reason for the season”.  The believers know what the reason for the season is.  Again, we don’t need you to throw it at us.

Here’s an idea for both of these groups of people:  take the goddamn money you spend on the billboard, the newspaper ads, the commercials, etc. and give it to a worthy cause.  All that money you waste telling people what they already know about your belief or non-belief could be used to feed the hungry, clothe the needy or care for the sick.

Kindness towards your fellow human being:  THAT is what Christmas is REALLY about!