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Well it's an even-numbered year, which means only one thing. The Post Office's Christmas stamps are on a secular theme, and a thousand and one blithering idiots with too much time on their hands and persecution complexes bigger than a very big mountain of very big things, will be whining and moaning that the Post Office, for some vague reason probably connected to Militant Secularism™, are trying to ban Christianity. Because that's what post offices do. Obviously.

This post began life as an attempt to put that straight by listing the basic theme of every set of Christmas stamps since 1966, when the tradition began. And that would have been as boring as hell. But along the way, it kind of grew into a collection of digressions loosely held together by a list of stamps. We have Joyce Grenfell in there, and a short discussion of the slang pertaining to British coinage, and many other brief but, I hope, interesting and amusing snippets of trivia, reminiscence and opinion.

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Happy Calloway Day

To Quentin Crisp and Jesus Christ;
I hope your birthday turns out nice.
To Anne Roiphe and to Clara Barton,
Shane MacGowan, Isaac Newton,
Christopher Frayling, Sissy Spacek,
Annie Lennox too, by 'eck!
Humphry Bogart and Rod Serling,
Lew Grade, Dido, Hilary Spurling;
To all those born upon this day
Good cheer!, and here's Cab Calloway.
Daz

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I've always called it Christmas
But there's summat that might change my ways:
If a bunch of dumb arseholes continue to tell me
I have to, then sod 'em! I'll say 'Holidays.' (more…)

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Advertisements: one 'd.' Therefore 'ads,' not 'adds.' 'Adds' is the present tense third-person singular of 'to add.'

Dear Morrison's supermarket,

What the hell is the point of selling mince pies in a nice Christmassy box, when the use-by date is some time in late November?

Trickle-down economics: the theory that the vast and ever-expanding reservoirs belonging to the extremely rich might one day overflow a little bit. (more…)

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Hello Gentle Reader! It's been a while. How've you been?

Anyways, I thought I'd share a few rockin' Christmas songs, what with it bein' Christmas an' all. As ever, feel free to add your own favourites in comments.

Daz

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Yep: It’s That Time O’ Year Again…

Good King Wenceslas looked out
On the feast of Stephen;
Said Let's light the neighbourhood
For the Christmas season.
Brightly, shone his Santa Claus—
The holly round his windows.
Lights adorned his roof and walls
And neon traced the h-e-e-dge-row.

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Merry Whatever

Here's a goody that we all see at around this time of year: "Why do atheists celebrate Christmas?"

To echo PZ, on a different subject, 'because it's fun.'

Really, do we need any other reason than that? Well here's one, if you want one:

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