“Well, actually…” – Xmas thoughts from your friendly pedantic blogger


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Singing carols when you’re a pedant is hard. Because, come on – we all know Jesus wasn’t born on Christmas day, right? and very probably not in midwinter, and very very very probably not in the snow. Also: I’m pretty … Continue reading

not-so-holy greatgreatgrand*mother of God

So eight days before Christmas I’m in church and there’s a sermon on Rahab the prostitute, who got the honour of being an ancestor of Jesus! and then we sing Oh Come All Ye Faithful and there’s this line about how Jesus “abhors not the virgin’s womb” and I’m thinking: ha! as if that’s a big deal… he put up with a lot worse Continue reading

The King of Kings is Coming

Here’s a poem I wrote one December after a stressful Christmas Eve shopping trip.

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The King of Kings is coming
I’m off to buy a tree
and baubles and some tinsel
and some yummy things for tea

The King of Kings is coming
I must get the presents wrapped
Nice perfume for Aunt Mabel
Turkey Whiskas for the cat

The King of Kings is coming
Have I bought enough mince pies?
The shops are closed for one whole day!
Will we have enough supplies?

The King of Kings is coming
It’s time to celebrate
So get one more drink down you
Becaush it’s Chrishmash, mate

The King of Kings is coming
He’s knocking, can’t you hear?
Oh shush, I want to watch this film,
Let’s pretend that we’re not here.

© Meirav M. 2000

(Yes, I wrote this back in December 2000.)

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And now it’s time for Meirav’s seasonal awkwardness


When people hear I don’t celebrate Christmas, they often assume it’s because I’m Jewish. Which is kind of interesting, considering I’m perfectly ok with doing stuff that Jewish people are known for not doing: worshipping Jesus, for example… or being … Continue reading