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AND SO THIS IS CHRISTMAS

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BY DAN VALENTI

PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY

(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WEDNESDAY CHRISTMAS DAY 2019) — And so this is Christmas …

It is a season borne in hope, developed in possibility, and rounded in occurrence. Christmas brings everyone back again, circle like, to Christmases past which, incidentally, provides the thematic subtext of Dickens’ classic. The 25th of December is that yearly, year-end day when we confront or welcome, as the case may be, where we are, what we’v done, and who we’ve become.  It is a day in which our personal archetypes and myths top themselves upon us like layers of blankets on a cold bed, warming body and soul … or chilling us to the bone. We all have that most memorable Christmas as well as the ghosts of Christmas past.

May your days be merry and bright …

Dead loved ones make their visit in family traditions, and even in the bleakest household of the most forgotten person, if he or she has experienced at least one joyful Christmas, they will remember. Maybe the recollection triggers heartache, but that, too, is a thing of hope. No matter where we are in life, we are all going through “personal things.” Christmas amplifies these matters.

Christ mas. The arrival of The Christ.

You may believe. You may not believe. They, too, are opposite ends that meet in abutment, the joined snipped-ends of redemption.

Christmas blessings to all from THE PLANET. May it be a day of joy and, in the Epiphanic sense, a season of love and peace of mind.

THE PLANET now shares one of our favorite Christmas poems, by e. e. cummings:

[little tree]

little tree
little silent Christmas tree
you are so little
you are more like a flower
who found you in the green forest
and were you very sorry to come away?
see          i will comfort you
because you smell so sweetly
i will kiss your cool bark
and hug you safe and tight
just as your mother would,
only don’t be afraid
look          the spangles
that sleep all the year in a dark box
dreaming of being taken out and allowed to shine,
the balls the chains red and gold the fluffy threads,
put up your little arms
and i’ll give them all to you to hold
every finger shall have its ring
and there won’t be a single place dark or unhappy
then when you’re quite dressed
you’ll stand in the window for everyone to see
and how they’ll stare!
oh but you’ll be very proud
and my little sister and i will take hands
and looking up at our beautiful tree
we’ll dance and sing
“Noel Noel”
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“… that we might be reminded who made the lame walk and blind men see”Tiny Tim.
“OPEN THE WINDOW, AUNT MILLIE.”
LOVE TO ALL.
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Jonathan Melle
Jonathan Melle
6 months ago

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays

CC The Maze Sun
CC The Maze Sun
6 months ago

“Dying all the time
Lose Your Dreams and You,
Will lose your mind.
Ain’t life unkind?”
– The Stones

CC The Maze Sun
CC The Maze Sun
Reply to  CC The Maze Sun
6 months ago

“Catch your Dreams B4
They slip away”

“While the Sun is bright”
– same song

CC The Maze Sun
CC The Maze Sun
Reply to  CC The Maze Sun
6 months ago

“And so its true
Pride comes B4 a fall
I’m telling you so that
You won’t lose all”

Joe Blow
Joe Blow
6 months ago

Merry Christmas all, we all have more in common than separates us!!

Truthsayer
Truthsayer
Reply to  Joe Blow
6 months ago

So true. Merry Christmas. May 2020 be a year where our common beliefs overcome our politics and prejudices.

Pat
Pat
6 months ago

I like the line “little silent Christmas tree”. We all need more silence in our lives once in a while, but especially this time of year when everything can get so hectic. Silence is not a bad thing. Even if you have a noisy family with lots of kids, try to create just a moment of silence so everyone can appreciate the magic of this special day. Merry Christmas to everyone!!!!

Truthsayer
Truthsayer
Reply to  Pat
6 months ago

In this hectic digital world of noise assaulting us by the millisecond, there is what I call “Going analog.” It is the silence of all electronic devices getting shut down, a cozy chair, and a book or magazine on good old paper. Silent night.

Johnny99
Johnny99
6 months ago

To Dan and all Planeteers – Merry Christmas

SallySays
SallySays
6 months ago

Merry Christmas,

Hope ya all got a big fat Christmas bonus to cover your property tax increase!

Shakes
Shakes
6 months ago

Happy holidays to you boomers, PlaNuts, and snowflakes!

Acute Angina
Acute Angina
6 months ago

On the first day of Christmas mayor Tyer gave to me ???????

EWendt
EWendt
Reply to  Acute Angina
6 months ago

A DA to set ’em all free!

JohnnyTwoCents
JohnnyTwoCents
Reply to  EWendt
6 months ago

That’s a good one right there!

Lenny
Lenny
6 months ago

Christmas, the day we celebrate the birth of Christ and reflect upon the redemption that Jesus Christ offers to all who believe.
Peace and God’s love to all!

Shamus Makfemmiknee
Shamus Makfemmiknee
Reply to  Lenny
6 months ago

Merry Christmas to all. Dan,thanks for this site,makes getting up in the morning worth it. Bah humbug to pctv morning joke and tar in the morning, and bah humbug to cnn and msnbc for never being neutral,ever on our President.

Johnny Absurd
Johnny Absurd
6 months ago

Merry Christmas ya bunch of bozos. and yah, I mean YOU.

Johnny Absurd
Johnny Absurd
Reply to  Johnny Absurd
6 months ago

Aww come on man. You Trump people are too sensitive. Not cool handing out negs on Christmas day. Aww darn and schucks too.

Johnny Absurd
Johnny Absurd
Reply to  Johnny Absurd
6 months ago

Oh wow man. Now Tyers people are giving me negs. And kind of proving my bozo point. Dan, make em stop. I can’t take it any more. The whole thing is becoming absurd I tell ya.

Average Joe
Average Joe
6 months ago

Merry Christmas

JoePesci
JoePesci
6 months ago

Merry Christmas Dan The Man and all Planeteers.

TellitLikeitIs
TellitLikeitIs
6 months ago

Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night

JohnnyTwoCents
JohnnyTwoCents
6 months ago

Merry Christmas everybody!

gigi
gigi
6 months ago
Ohtmelion
Ohtmelion
Reply to  gigi
6 months ago

Thief convicted at the G C s ntence was a six year stay waiting for adjudication. Any other stuck would get thirty years.

The school committee
The school committee
6 months ago

Tyer knows where every penny of the residents of Pittsfield cash is spent.The state is so impressed with her and Behnke they gave them 5,000,000 extra to spend.We need and audit now to find out how much of the 5 million is left. Councilor White who did not know where we found 2.3 million to pay our snow removal bill might be tracking this 5 million so we dont waste it.

Sullennmoody
Sullennmoody
Reply to  The school committee
6 months ago

White thinks he’s Ruberto

Milt Plum
Milt Plum
Reply to  The school committee
6 months ago

Pete White has trouble finding his thumbs.

Lltakeit
Lltakeit
Reply to  Milt Plum
6 months ago

Rumor has it Planet Orbit is going to Police Report….a shoe in for the Orbit. Rumor also has it P R will not be a no show next year,so look out Stooge and friends.

Bareroom Brotha
Bareroom Brotha
Reply to  danvalenti
6 months ago

I was thinking about hanging around in the area where the ballots will be kept.