Handel for Ho-Ho, Half Nelson for Noel, Hunger for Hesychia

Ah, the Nativity Fast!

That time of year when many Americans go crazy for gadgets, batteries, champagne, chocolates, and parties.

However, not us.

NO, the Orthodox Christian is fasting: no meat, no dairy, no wine or oil; no milk chocolate; no parties; no, no, No, NO!

Okay, fine. I can’t speak for you, but for me this Winter Festival – or whatever it’s called – is FULL of temptations.

For example the other night:

The wife, son, and I attended our oldest daughter’s “Winter” Concert, while our youngest daughter had her own school gig elsewhere. We arrived early and chose our seats carefully, especially since my wife had brought a camera and tripod for recording. Thus, we chose a front aisle seat, at a section break, so that the camera would not interfere with anyone’s view.

Mind you, we were early: 30 minutes prior to show time.

My first problem was the woman two rows behind me. You know the type: Yap, yap, yap … on and on and on … about the spectacular achievements of her son!

THEN, 1.5 songs into the dozen song concert, a big bulky man came noisily down the aisle bearing backpacks and equipment and began setting up his recording equipment right in front of me.


Did I mention he was big?

Did I mention the “right in front of me” part?

Did I tell you that I beat the living daylights out of him?


Okay, well ...

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