Merry Christmas

Given the cultural war on smoking, I was wondering this morning whether I could find a pipe-smoking santa.

I found lots:

I then wondered if I could find some cigar-smoking and cigarette-smoking santas.

I found quite a few of those too:


But I think there’s a cultural war on santa going on too.

And a cultural war on Christmas.

And of course a cultural war on Christianity.

And a cultural war on merriment.

Everything is under attack.


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19 Responses to Merry Christmas

  1. Mark Jarratt, Canberra, Australia says:

    Merriest merries to you Frank, and all tolerant (except of our sworn enemies the anti smoker prohibitionist bullies) readers of and posters to this blog. I found a military smoking Santa on Pinterest but don’t know how to include the image.

    Like Big Arnie, military Santa only kills the bad people (have suggestions on where he should start).

    I am now in Launceston TAS before hiking and kayaking Lake Pedder in the SW temperate forest. More inspired comments to follow…

  2. garyk30 says:

    Merry Christmas

    • Furtive Ferret says:

      Good link. Interesting that Queen Victoria hated the habit.

      On the topic of smoking Santa I noticed yesterday that the amimated version of Raymond Briggs’ “Father Christmas” voiced by Mel Smith smokes both a pipe and cigar.

      Merry Christmas

  3. beobrigitte says:

    Merry Christmas to Frank and everyone!
    See you Friday in the SD bar!!

  4. Elizabeth says:

    Thank you Frank. And to you too. Have a good day….

  5. Emily says:

    Merry Christmas! Best wishes to everyone for a very happy holiday.

  6. Dmitry Kosyrev says:

    Merry Christmas, everyone!

  7. Rose says:

    Merry Christmas, everybody.

  8. Timothy Goodacre says:

    Merry Christmas Frank and best wishes to you and all fellow readers of your excellent writing !

  9. Smoking Lamp says:

    Merry Christmas to all…and to all a good night!

  10. Joe L. says:

    Merry Christmas, everyone!

  11. Inspector Alleyne says:

    Merry Christmas Frank and to all like-minded people everywhere.

  12. Barry Homan says:

    Glædelig jul!

  13. RdM says:

    Merrie Christmas to all!

    “Peace On Earth To Men Of Good Will” as the original had it. (Luke 2:14)

    No peace for the wicked, then…

    Contrast with the distorted secularised modern version,
    Peace on earth and goodwill to all men (or some such).

    I wonder what sort of Xmas the zealot would-be lifestyle controllers are having…

    (I’d made a cropped version of that… )


  14. Lepercolonist says:

    Merry Smoke-Filled Christmas, Frank.

  15. RdM says:

    Well, Handel’s Messiah has been all over the radio, and fair enough …

    Alternate versions… I grew up with The World Record Club, classical versions.
    I’m still fond of Quincy Jones version from 1991, the soulful black American version,
    from “Handel’s Messiah: A Soulful Celebration”

    Or, how it was on the commercially released (Grammy in 1992) album

    At least a little bit inspiring? (With headphones, or through a good sound system?)

    Of course there are great classical recordings too. Of the original. Fantastic!
    But I didn’t like the overdone affected wobbly soprano I heard on the radio, so went to this.

    Happy Xmas! (Xmas was once a legitimate early spelling;-)

    ~ RdM

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