This is Christmas


This is one of my favorite Christmas videos. Some of you may have heard of Mike Masse    or even attended his show.

I am wishing everyone a wonderful and joyous Christmas, but except for this video my blog post is not going to be festive. Well, it is not technically my post as I am reblogging an article that was written in December 2012. The Gift of Death.


There’s nothing they need, nothing they don’t own already, nothing they even want. So you buy them a solar-powered waving queen; a belly button brush; a silver-plated ice cream tub holder; a “hilarious” inflatable zimmer frame; a confection of plastic and electronics called Terry the Swearing Turtle; or – and somehow I find this significant – a Scratch Off World wall map.

They seem amusing on the first day of Christmas, daft on the second, embarrassing on the third. By the twelfth they’re in landfill. For thirty seconds of dubious entertainment, or a hedonic stimulus that lasts no longer than a nicotine hit, we commission the use of materials whose impacts will ramify for generations.

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Source: The Gift of Death


  1. Hope you had a Merry Christmas and saw those beautiful granddaughters, enjoyed baking cookies and singing Carol’s with them, dear Inese. Hugs, Robin

    1. Thank you Robin 🙂 No I didn’t see my granddaughters. I had to stay in Ireland. I will see them next fall, hopefully. Fingers crossed 🙂 ❤

  2. Inese, I think a creche or the nativity scene is always lovely. It is sad not yo have it told to other cultures as a miracle story which doesn’t mean they have to believe it. . . I am always wishing for the world to “Love one another. . .” 💞 🌐
    I love John Lennon and his “So this is Christmas. . .” and “Imagine” for New Year’s and changes in thinking towards our neighbors and those who we may not know their stories. . .

    1. You are so very right, Robin. People have to be kind to each other and everyone will benefit from it. I prefer to be happy rather than not, so I embrace any holidays and ignore haters of all sorts 🙂

      1. I love all holidays as I respect our differences, Inese. I hope and pray for our sweet grandchildren yo have a better world at Peace someday. Remember how so many Christmas cards had Peace on Earth, with the beautiful Peaceable Kingdom painting on them? Wishing you a wonderful and joyous New Year! 💞

  3. Thanks very much, Inese. A sobering thought. I am not too keen on all the commercialized side of Christmas and this post is another reminder. I hope 2018 is a good year for your, Inese and take lots of care. All the best.

  4. The disposal of so many unwanted gifts made of non bio-degradable materials is a huge problem nowadays, especially after Christmas, as you say, Inese. We all need to stop and think about our thoughtless spending, but I suspect that will be a long time in coming. Our Earth continues to suffer from so many of our practices and habits. Thank you for sharing this thought-provoking message.
    I hope you and your family had a joyful Christmas, Inese, and I’m sending love and best wishes across the Irish Sea for a wonderful 2018. Let’s hope the new year will bring a more peaceful world. ❤ 😀

      1. Inese, I’m sorry my blitz on your posts has given you so much extra work to do! I had no idea you had been so ill. Roll on The Year of the Dog! Good changes are needed all round. ❤

            1. It is very difficult to rid off the Christmas calories. They are of the most stubborn kind. Every molecule of the desserts I ate is clinging to me for dear life.

    1. It is frightening that more than a half of all manufactured goods end up in a landfill. You are right, people seldom listen. This article is like a voice crying in the wilderness 😦

  5. Merry Christmas 🤶dear Inese… I also hope you have an excellent 2018 ahead. Thank you for the support and for all the beautiful posts you share. Sending love ❤

  6. Thanks so much for reblogging this article! My family luckily never bought any stuff like that when I was little and I make a point never to do the same. As you already know, I love to make presents myself. Take today for instance (in Germany it’s traditional to give each other the presents on Christmas Eve): I gave my mum a pair of handknitted socks which are always appreciated because she often has cold feet. 😄 Apart from that it’s simply wonderful to spend time with each other, that’s all the gifts we need. Wish you a very Merry Christmas and a fabulous 2018, Inese! Much love! xxxxxxxxxxx ❤

    1. Thank you so much, Sarah! I am so glad your Christmas gift was warm in all the senses of the word.
      I read this article last year. It was written in 2012 but the issue is still important and it hurts. When I see the mountains of absolutely useless and unnecessary items littering the retail stores, it makes me sick. What a criminal waste of resources 😦
      Hope you are having a great Christmas, and lets hope for a great New 2018! xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

    1. Many happy returns! ❤
      This video is old, but it still touches my heart. In these 15 years Mike went from a modest performer at The Pie Pizzeria in down town Salt Lake to an internationally known artist. Seriously, sometimes I think that he does a better job than an original singer 😉

    1. Thank you George! Haven’t got any yet, it was my request. Just got some flowers which is very nice. Have a wonderful end of the year and a fantastic 2018!

  7. My iPad wouldn’t cooperate enough to play your video 😟 but I read the article. So true. I’ve got Christmas down to a minimum now and avoid buying junk or excess packaging (well, not too much – there are limits to how much bah humbug I can exude).

    1. Thank you so much, Anabel! I sort of know about all of this, as any of us does, but when I read this article last year I literally felt a physical pain for us humans, for all the senseless things we have done and keep doing to bring desolation on our beautiful Earth. I have a lot of hope for the future though. Now that a human being has practically reached his full physical potential, I do hope that Brain will catch up soon 😉 Here for a better New Year! xx

  8. Inese – here is a clip of mine performing in Chicago, hope you will enjoy the melody!!

    A silent night, a star above, a blessed gift of hope and love. A Merry Christmas to you and your whole family.

    1. Thank you for this peaceful and heart-warming music, Mihran! Armenia is so generously gifted with musical talents and with people, beautiful inside and out.

  9. Merry Christmas, Inese! That video kept me charmed till the end. The Nativity lores are of Christ are remarkably close to the meridian of genesis of certain Hindu deities, say Krishna, who was born in captivity and who was sentenced to summary execution even before his birth, but who escaped miraculously. In the latter parts of his life, Krishna’s gospel is more of Grecian stuff than history. Having said that, the martyrdom of Jesus is unparalleled and unmatched by the deified figures known to me. While I may not always subscribe to the miracles offered by the scriptures, it is difficult to scrape off the layers of paint that nurture has bestowed upon me. With so much of science, we are still hunting for the God particle. And with so much light, we still can’t wrap our brain around Dark Matter. Sometimes when I am praying, my mind wanders off to worldly distractions. Perhaps it is because I am not sure whom I am trying to propitiate —we have many deities having their uniquely exclusive auras— and then I try and focus on that unknown source of power and solace, the God Particle, the Dark Matter, and the reason we are here.

    I remember reading somewhere that those who believe are likely to last twenty percent longer than those who don’t, and it is not because of that I pray. In his younger years, my late father was drawn to cathedrals and churches like a fly to a field of flowers, and it was a constant source of bickering between my parents. He did confide in me that he finds a rare tranquility in those places and it leaves him stronger. I tried those places too and realised I was quite the chip of the old block. Once, when my twins were ill for a long stretch of time, my old Christian friend prayed for them at the Basilica of Our Lady of the Mount; he asked me to take them there too. It was towards the end of our stay in Mumbai when we went there and it has become a lasting memory.

    I read the other article too. It is nothing short of criminal to bleed our planet like that. Our sins will visit our offspring with devastation and doom.

    1. PS: Please ignore Typo / Autocorrect / Sloppiness errors induced by the narrow comment box window:
      Nativity lores are of Christ are…
      unmatched by any of the deified figures…

    2. Thank you so much for your comment! Believers are seldom bitter, it is why they live longer, I think 🙂 Since we know so little about God, doesn’t it make sense to respect each religion, and partake of the knowledge accumulated over the history of humanity – the only knowledge available to us. All the analogies are the proof of a single source. As to the particles – the science doesn’t know yet what ‘quickens’ these particles 🙂
      When I was young, the concept of eternity scared me. Thoughts about the absence of the beginning and the end scared me. As I am getting older, I just think – everything will be all right, everything is taken care of 🙂

      Sadly, I agree with you about the criminal nature of consumption, and the master mind behind this crime is greed and desire to make money now, forget tomorrow.

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