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Merry Christmas to all

What makes this map so apt, especially today, is because these are the countries that don’t celebrate Christmas (in brown). It’s a testament to how far the spirit of Christmas has spread.

Map of Countries that celebrate Christmas

Lighter brown countries (China, Turkey, Saudi Arabia) don’t have a public holiday but are described as “giving observance”.

It’s a day a lot of the world shares. Albeit “some jurisdictions of the Eastern Orthodox Church, including those of Russia, Georgia, Ukraine, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, and Jerusalem, mark feasts using the older Julian calendar”. Those nations celebrate on January 7th.

Wishing you warm smiles.

Map by Nanib , Skriplerio, Moyogo

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    Aloha! MELE KALIKIMAKA E HAU’OLI MAKAHIKI HOU 2022! To Jo and all the brilliant contributors here. All the best!
    Christmas in Hawaii!!

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    Hbhp

    Merry Xmas all, damn kids have stolen the sticky tape!!
    Interesting times thank you Jo for some sanity all year

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    Wet Mountains

    Merry Christmas Jo. Good year to you in 2022.

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    TedM

    Hoping that you have a wonderful Christmas Jo and wishing all those who contribute to, or comment on this blog a very happy Christmas and a blessed new year.

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    Mal

    Merry Christmas to all in Jo’s community
    It’s good to have a community of like minded people in this increasingly mad world.

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    Yonniestone.

    It is on this Christmas morning I find myself not dwelling on the troubles in our lives but of the resilience of human spirit that it often distracts us from, many who are blessed to have family gatherings today of Christmas celebration will not appreciate the opportunity or true meaning of the occasion.

    From the start of this year and quite by accident I made friends, we found one another by doing what Jo’s blog epitomises which is to ask questions to find answers and through these connections we discovered not only people of like minds but of intentions in spirit.

    This sentiment rang true though the year with countless offers and acts of help when needed between people that often had never met in person but deemed them friends by the simple fact they were willing to question and take a stand against tyranny like themselves.

    Today on this special day our growing group has organized a few Christmas lunches comprising of people that their own families have shunned based on personal medical choices or vision of what freedom is, this sad situation was turned around by people making invitations of sharing to create another family that would not mock or judge them but respect and love on a day that enshrines these values in its very origin.

    So I offer not wishes, greetings or merriment today but hope you, that like many of us through the year ask questions find answers and quite by accident make friends.

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      Annie

      That’s good to hear Yonnie. I think true friendship includes a meeting of minds.
      Happy Christmas to Jo and All. We have a beautiful day here in Nth Central Victoria, though the sulphur-crested thugs are keeping me on my toes, waking me up at 05:57am 3 days running, wrecking the apple crop. They’re back outside again…must go!

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    OldOzzie

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to All and Your Families

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    Springdam

    Merry Christmas Jo and family and all this tribe. Learnt more of substance about life generally this last 2 years than previous 60 + years. Blessings to all.

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    OriginalSteve

    Happy Christmas everyone, the love and hope we have from God giving us the biggest and most costly gift of all – that of his firstborn, Jesus Christ, is beyond compare, and continues to provide light in a rapidly darkening world.

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    WXcycles

    James Webb Space Telescope is due to launch tonight at 11.20 PM, Aust Eastern Daylight Time. Thank you to USA for doing this great service to us all, I hope this tool succeeds in all ways, and all areas from here.

    A happy Xmas to all.

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      David Maddison

      I can’t wait for the launch. It’s been decades in the making. I especially can’t wait for the first pictures.

      The telescope will be located at the L2 Lagrange point and will be inaccessible for astronaut service, unlike Hubble was (since there is no space vehicle to service that now either).

      There is a possibility of sending a robotic vehicle in ten years when it needs more fuel. (It holds 159 litres of hydrazine and 79.5 litres of dinitrogen tetroxide oxidiser.)

      It will take 30 days to get to L2.

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        WXcycles

        I still remember looking at the first rectified images from Hubble … wow …

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        KP

        If the Europeans can manage to get it there, just call Elon when it needs servicing. He can do his sports car at the same time…

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        KP

        Well, they’ve got it off the ground! Sad they have to show an animation of it, no cameras onboard. I guess we’ve been spoilt by Elon with cameras everywhere on his.

        ..and the final countdown was in French!

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          David Maddison

          Yes, I think they should have had an aircraft flying above the clouds to film some of the launch plus a camera mounted on the rocket which is fairly standard now (but not for the French apparently).

          There was a camera to video the telescope separation that was malfunctioning with some sort of exposure problem which caused the image to keep getting washed out.

          Anyway, its fantastic its on its way, without problems. It will take six months to commission it due to all the tests, mirror alignments, calibrations etc..

          This telescope is a MAJOR big deal for science and humanity. It’s too bad it has attracted so little interest. Sadly, that’s indicative of the general dumbing down of society.

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    Rod

    Meh. No vaxx tirades today.
    Just enjoy the day.
    My place – bbq lunch with gourmet butcher goodies.
    Crumbed garlic butter chicken breast kievs, texan chilli beef snags, rosemary &mint lamb patties, free range eggs, proper French champas, xmas cake with brandy cream and some food coma recuperation basking in the sun.
    Wonder what the poor people are doing? 😊

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    Tides of Mudgee

    Merry Christmas Jo and all who help to keep this site going. It’s wonderful to get the truth about this weird world, unpalatable as it often is, but far better than being bombarded with the distortions of the MSM. May we all safely navigate our way through this to what I hope will be a kinder and more common sensical place This site has been a godsend especially in times of despair and am so grateful for it. Many thanks and a wonderful Christmas to all. ToM

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    Lance

    Merry Christmas to All.

    For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

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    el+gordo

    It is estimated that Christianity is the fastest growing religion in China.

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    robert rosicka

    Merry Christmas to all from northeastern Victoriastan.

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    Natalie

    I want to share an example of a game that can be played at Christmas. This competition is suitable for winter holidays. In addition, Fair Go has prepared several proposals for his players. For the competition, you need to prepare notes with winter phenomena or things. Examples of notes: blizzard, snowflake, snowman, wind, sledges, skis, ice, Snow Maiden, Santa Claus. The essence of the competition boils down to the fact that the participants of the competition must draw out a note and dance, with movements, to depict what is written on it. The most original dancer is given a gift, for example, a snowflake made using the quilling technique.

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    Deano

    At 61, I still love Christmas. Even though it’s commercialised and all that, I love the celebratory spirit of it.
    A few streets from me some home owners have gone nuts with illuminated front yard displays. At night I see parents taking their little kids for walks along those streets to gaze in awe.
    We need this sort of stuff in a world where too often we’re set against each other.

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    LloydWW

    Merry Christmas all!

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    Anton

    The spirit of Christmas, Jo? Is that the spirit spoken of in the New Testament or the spirit of gluttony?

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    Lance

    Merry Christmas from alberta canada

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    Fran

    Merry Christmas from BC Canada. We woke up to a white one in spades.

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    Robber

    May all your lives be brighter in 2022.

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    Rosco

    Nice to see Antarctica included in the “observance of Christmas” list – Santa will have a home once the Arctic melts away LOL.

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    Mark Allinson

    Here’s “an old fashioned” rhymed and rhythmed Christmas poem from one of our great poets of our once and future culture:


    Along by Merry Christmas Time

    Henry Lawson, 1913

    Along by merry Christmas time they buy the aged goose,
    And boil the dread plum pudding, because of ancient use.
    But to sneer at old time customs would be nothing but a crime,
    For the memory of the Past is all bound up in Christmas time.

    Then Jim comes home from shearing, and he puts a few away,
    With Dad, perhaps, or Uncle, but they’re right on Christmas Day:
    For be it on the Never, or ‘neath the church bells’ chime,
    The family gets together, if they can, at Christmas time.

    And, after tea at Christmas, they clear the things away
    And play the dear old silly games our grand-folk used to play
    And Dad gives a recitation that used to be the joy
    Of all the Western countryside, when Father was a boy.

    Along by merry Christmas time, and ere the week is o’er
    We meet and fix up quarrels that each was sorry for.
    Our hearts are filled with kindness and forgiveness sublime,
    For no one knows where one may be next merry Christmas time.

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      Deano

      Interesting that he wrote it in 1913 and the last line reads –
      ” For no one knows where one may be next merry Christmas time.”

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    William

    Merry Christmas Jo and David, and to all who visit and comment here! And Happy New Year and may 2022 be a vast improvement on 2020 and 2021!

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    David Maddison

    In Vicdanistan it seemed that in terms of most of the shops being closed, Christmas Day was indistinguishable from any other of the 262 days of lockdown Vicdanistanis have had to endure over the last two years.

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    Lawrie

    All the countries in white were settled by Christians or were visited by very dedicated Christian missionaries. Just think-without Christianity the map would be all dark brown.

    Merry Christmas to all and let’s have a Happy 2022. It will be the year that replaces the unGodly socialists in the US and elsewhere. The Northern winter may even convince the brain dead that they have been sold a pup by their ignorant politicians and lazy journalists when the cold begins to bite just as the heaters and lights go out. We can only hope.

    We can also be more active in writing to our representatives, talking sense top our friends about renewables and such. My cousin in Adelaide tells me that church groups there are joining the Liberal Party in droves with the result they can influence pre-selection of candidates. The incumbents are not happy and wanted to ban new members because they were Christian It did not work. Senator Antic is a frequent after service speaker.

    Now if only we could get rid of Matt Kean in a pre-selection.

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    Kim

    Merry Christmas!

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    WXcycles

    Wet season kicks off big this week, the entire QLD coast is forecast to get solid rainfalls, Cardwell to about Sarina in particular.

    Cumulative rainfall map for next 10 days:
    https://i.ibb.co/QDxHwB0/1-2021-12-26.png

    Projected max wind speed (gusts, not continuous winds):
    https://i.ibb.co/RBS1kQs/2-2021-12-26.png

    It then weakens and moves slowly NNE with symmetrical appearance, east of about Bowen on 3rd of Jan, as a Tropical Storm.

    We’re not allowed to use the term “Tropical Storm”. We used to be allowed to use it, but it was deemed too accurate, descriptive, useful, and much too easy for the public to understand, so BOM decided it’s banned from the official meteorological vocabulary, deemed ‘persona-non-grata’, and last seen living in exile in Florida.

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    Rod

    Xmas lunch a total success. Everything cooked to perfection. Gordon Ramsay eat your heart out. Perfect sunny quiet day too.
    The mother-in-law asked “why is your dog staring at me?”
    I replied “because you’ve got his plate”
    (Xmas joke.)

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    KP

    Meanwhile, in the USA-
    Joseph (JR) Hoell, a Christian homeschooling father of four and “conservative firebrand” who served four terms as a New Hampshire state legislator from 2010 through 2018, has spent the past several weeks fighting a harrowing legal battle after state officials threatened to take away his children when it became known he treated their COVID-19 symptoms with the safe antiparasitic drug ivermectin.

    During a phone interview Thursday, Hoell, who also spent two years on the New Hampshire House Children and Family Law Committee from 2013 to 2014, told LifeSite that the court case is not closed.

    ..the homeschooling family of six was hit with COVID during the middle of last month and used ivermectin to treat the symptoms.

    ..in early December, long after the family had recovered from COVID and stopped taking ivermectin, the family’s 13-year-old son became “disoriented” and “loopy” after taking an over-the-counter acetaminophen “at a level that would be a concern.”

    The hospital found no evidence [of] Acetaminophen in his son’s bloodstream and sent the family home, .. ER staff advised Hoell to follow up with a primary care physician.

    The child’s PCP, a PA who has only seen him a few times, examined him… (They) disclosed that the 13yo had been given ivermectin to treat COVID. The PA did not say anything that would indicate that is a problem, (but) medical staff “immediately blamed the ivermectin for the son’s [Acetaminophen] story and called the Division of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF),” then “coordinated with police to have all of JR’s minor children removed from his home.”

    ..”DCYF saw fit to issue a protective order, deploy their agents, and issue a ‘be on the lookout’ notice to local police departments.”

    “Fortunately, the parents quickly figured out what was going on; they were able to move the children to a safe location before DCYF could get to them,” Kofalt said.

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    WXcycles

    Meanwhile, back in Australia …

    “Cyclone warning cancelled, but heavy rainfall, flooding and fierce winds expected in Darwin”
    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-12-26/nt-darwin-coolest-christmas-rainfall-top-end/100726062

    A Tropical Low rates a cyclone warning … remains a tropical low … (refer to remark above about Tropical Storms…………………………………..).

    “Cocaine is a helluva drug.” – Billy Idol

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      WXcycles

      LOL … they changed the headline on me … this was it …

      Darwin has ‘coolest Christmas Day on record’, as heavy rainfall and flooding is forecast across the Top End

      By Samantha Dick

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    John Culhane

    How to Brick an Entire Economy
    https://doomberg.substack.com/p/how-to-brick-an-entire-economy

    The use of DEF is so important that new trucks incorporating the technology are designed to stop working if the DEF fluid runs dry. They literally become undriveable bricks. That’s clearly a huge inconvenience for an individual driver, although the vehicles are designed to give plenty of warning ahead of time. But what would happen if an entire country ran out of DEF fluid? Amazingly, we might be about to find out.

    As regular readers of Doomberg will know, we’ve been flagging huge disruptions in the fertilizer market – and the inevitable consequences that will follow – for some time. The natural gas crisis in Europe became a full-blown energy crisis that bled into China, and since natural gas is the critical input into the production of fertilizer and countless other high-value goods, the crisis has quickly morphed into a food and manufacturing crunch. Well, as luck would have it, DEF is nothing more than liquid fertilizer.

    Merry Christmas everyone.

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