Merry Christmas to all!

I think I’ll take the day off. To fill in for me, here is an 8 hour Christmas music mix that you can turn on and listen to. I have two choices for you:

A wintry Christmas scene:

or…

A fireplace:

Click either one on the paly button to hear it, click on the icon lower right to make it full screen.

Merry Christmas to you and yours, wherever you are. I’m thankful for you, the readers, and to all the contributors and volunteers that make WUWT special.

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      • Merry Christmas Andy…..and Merry Christmas to all here!
        ..I’ll post this again, because I think it’s funny
        Not mine, it’s going around facebook

        To All My Democrat Friends:
        Please accept with no obligation, implied or implicit, my best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low-stress, non-addictive, gender-neutral celebration of the winter solstice holiday, practiced within the most enjoyable traditions of the religious persuasion of your choice, or secular practices of your choice, with respect for the religious/secular persuasion and/or traditions of others, or their choice not to practice religious or secular traditions at all. I also wish you a fiscally successful, personally fulfilling and medically uncomplicated recognition of the onset of the generally accepted calendar year 2017, but not without due respect for the calendars of choice of other cultures whose contributions to society have helped make America great. Not to imply that America is necessarily greater than any other country nor the only America in the Western Hemisphere . Also, this wish is made without regard to the race, creed, color, age, physical ability, religious faith or sexual preference of the wish.

        To My Republican Friends:
        Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

      • The official result was +41.3C – believe it or not it was hotter 75 years ago on Christmas day. Today it is raining and much cooler. Our Christmas images are still full of snow and warm fires – as we all know Santa lives at the North Pole.

    • Get yourself a ticket, fly to Butte Montana and give me a call. I’ll let you shovel a couple of feet of white Christmas off my drive.

  1. Merry Christmas and a happy new year!

    This is the year in which all your hard work and taking abuse pays off!

  2. The Math Christmas card is the best I have ever seen. Have sent it to all my friends.
    Merry Christmas and a happy/healthy 2017 Anthony.

  3. Thank you so much for all your hard work,
    Καλά Χριστούγεννα, Happy Christmas to you and everyone who reads and posts here.

  4. Getting ready for bed on Christmas night
    Bugger all presents, ripped off just right.
    Looking forward to another new year.
    Wishing you & your’s some damn good cheer!

  5. Thank you Anthony (and Eric and Janice and everyone at the wonderful, hard working WUWT site).

    Merry Christmas to you all !

    Regards and Best Wishes,
    WL

  6. Merry Xmas, Happy and Prosperous New Year and thanks for all the sanity you bring to our lives – keep up the good work.

    • cephus,
      I am no poet, but venture the following line or three:

      God rest ye merry realists, let nothing you dismay.
      For the Donald, self-appointed saviour, texts to all this day.
      Drilling bans, no, but fracking and pipelines all will go through,
      And Obama’s legacy will just be seen as p00.

      Auto – very conscious I need more practice at this poetry skill. And respect for current P0TUSes, perhaps.
      But –
      Merry Christmas [or Winterval, if you insist] to all who come here, and – more – a Happy and Healthy New Year!

  7. I think I’ll tkae the day off

    Sounds like Anthony got on the sherry early this year! Don’t worry mate, you deserve it. Have a good one.

  8. Merry Christmas!

    Celebrate today……..and every single other day for the rest of our lives. We live in the best age to be a human being by a wide margin vs our ancestors. Best science, technology and medicine…..even the best weather and climate in the last 1,000 years.

    Despite the extreme polarization in politics and other realms, we should work towards a common objective of sharing our best with those not connected to it in a substantive way as well as fighting the real pollution, protecting life and using the objective truth to guide us.

  9. Thank you Anthony for all you have done by bringing sanity to the debate on global warming.
    Best wishes, for Christmas and the New Year,

    Peter

  10. Once upon a time David Gerrold had an essay on his forum. Here it is:

    Sb: Bullwinkle is dead!!

    Fm: David Gerrold

    You may have heard that Bullwinkle the Moose was found dead. And a
    special prosecutor was appointed to investigate the mysterious
    circumstances of the moose’s death.

    Most people are aware of the fact that the moose was found crushed to
    death by a 16-ton anvil dropped from a great height. And of course,
    everybody was certain that the moose’s live-in companion (and isn’t that
    an interesting euphemism?) a certain hyperactive flying squirrel, was
    the most likely suspect. But further investigation revealed a number of
    things. First, JPL did a computer simulation and determined that a
    flying squirrel could not achieve airspeed while carrying a 16-ton
    anvil, so that cleared Rocket J. Squirrel.

    But the coroner reported that the expression on the moose’s face showed
    absolutely no fear, so obviously the anvil hit him unexpectedly, or he
    was completely trusting of the circumstances — which could implicate
    Rocky after all. The expression on the moose’s face was the biggest
    smile ever seen on a Toon.

    Clutched in the moose’s baseball mitt — which he always wore when he
    caught Rocky — was a tiny statue of the Buddha. The religious
    significance of this is not immediately clear; neither is the eyewitness
    report of a rabbi on a pogo stick rapidly leaving the scene.

    So…if we summarize the clues in Bullwinkle’s death, what we have is:

    wee Vishnu, a merry crushed moose, and a hoppy Jew near.

  11. Merry Christmas Anthony. Thank you (and your associates) for cheering me throughout the year with your excellent blog.

  12. Merry Christmas Anthony. You put a smile on a lot of faces. Now that’s a really nice present. Thank you.

  13. The snowy scene is obviously extreme cold due to climate change, and the yule log is emitting carbon into the atmosphere and should be banned.
    ;-)

  14. Merry Christmas everyone! I think I’ll be lazing in front of the TV & Christmas tree enjoying the aromas emanating from the kitchen. :-) Isn’t carbon wonderful!

  15. Merry Christmas to Anthony and the whole crew here!
    Thanks millions for your dedication to exposing the real issues and agenda behind Climate Change Inc., the lucrative government contractor helping the progressives maintain ideological control of a segment of the world’s populus. Future generations will honor your perseverance.

      • Dear Mr. Ashfield,

        I have had such things happen to me, too. Some people who post on youtube are a bit, to be charitable (after all, it is Christmas Day), careless about how they describe their videos.

        I’m glad the formal concert video attempt failed, however, for it created the opportunity which resulted in to finding something even better. Here, is such a lovely, very real, version of Ms. Willihagen, giving a concert in her hometown of Nijmegen, The Netherlands. It’s just like watching your own grandaughter or daughter….. or yourself, many years ago (being filmed by a very proud Dad or Mom). Her voice is exceptionally sweet, but, it is her good heart that makes it a sound which brings a smile to the faces of her audience, instead of just an admiring nod of approval and polite applause.

        “O Holy Night” — sung by Amira Willihagen, age 11, 2015

        (youtube)

        Thank you for sharing and blessing our day with song!

        Merry Christmas,

        Janice

      • Hello again Janice. That was a great find. What a lovely voice that young girl has. “O Holy Night” has been one of my favourite pieces of music since I first heard it in the 1940s. My most cherished version of it is by one your great sopranos (by ‘your’ I mean American), Leontyne Price, recorded in the early 1960s and which I play on my turntable every Christmas Day without fail. Music is my life blood! I have a very catholic taste though – too broad for some ;)

        Hope you’re having a terrific Christmas… which I extend to Anthony, all his helpers and everyone commenting on and reading this wonderful blog.

      • Merry Christmas to you, too, Luc. I’m so glad you enjoyed that. “O Holy Night” (Cantique de Noel) is my favorite Christmas song. I like many versions, but especially Placido Domingo (even though he strangely mispronounces the French). Ah, yes, musica! Life would be a much heavier slog without it.

        With friendship (and prayers, too :) ),

        Janice

  16. Merry Christmas to all of you here. May your day be filled with joy and happiness and the coming year be more so. Thank you WUWT for shining a light apon the evil darkness that tries to envelope us daily, like a star at the top of a Christmas tree you are a beacon for the truth. Thanks again for being here.

  17. Merry Christmas to everyone!

    Anthony, God bless you & yours, and for all of your efforts fighting the Good Fight!

    (And thanks for the magnificent math quip! I happily added it to my collection! Truly an unlooked-for gift on Xmas day!)

  18. Merry Christmas and compliments of the season to all I’ve met in the wonderful world of WUWT. Yes, you too (Hey, I have family that grills me on CAGW and other spirited issues). The math formula is brilliant! Who should I attribute it to in using it?

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  20. Beautiful Christmas Music….thanks Anthony! And, thanks for all your hard work. It should be an interesting 2017 for those of us who follow the climate debate. I hope it is a special year for you and yours!

  21. My best to all.
    Early in the new year WUWT will hit 300,000,000 views.
    Together, we make rational thought great again!

  22. I literally wish you all a merry Christmas, too (: lol
    –Although He was probably born in March.

    The date is immaterial. He is the only one who can balance our crazy simultaneous equations we get into! (:

    • Zeke,

      Or September.

      http://www.bibleinfo.com/en/questions/when-was-jesus-born

      In any case, December would be a strange time for a census, if there even were one at the time of His birth. Even during the Roman Warm Period, WX could be bitter in the Levantine winter.

      https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Census_of_Quirinius

      Most likely, the census story was just a device to connect Jesus with David.

      Most likely the winter solstice was chosen to observe the birth since pagans already celebrated a major holiday then, the Saturnalia in the Roman case and Yule for Germanic pagans, from whom we get the eponymous log and Christmas tree, ie Tannenbaum (fir tree).

      How the 6th century Bulgarian monk Dionysius Exiduus (the Humble) came up with the date of AD/BC, no one seems to know. But Jesus was almost certainly born some years before or after that date.

      Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all!

      • And Merry Christmas to you good sir! A toast to our fine resident historians.

        “Most likely the winter solstice was chosen to observe the birth since pagans already celebrated a major holiday then, the Saturnalia in the Roman case” ~Chimp

        Don’t look at me, am I a Roman C? :D :)

        It is an old Roman Empire method of dealing with conquered people. Declare a Roman holiday to be celebrated instead of the local festivals. And of course, build temples or villas over their temples, deport the natives, wipe out their language, and destroy all of their books and history.

        Just one little provincial history book escaped that Roman policy…

      • Yes, Zeke. And never in his wildest dreams would Caesar Augustus have dreamed that in that “God-forsaken” corner of his empire, Judea, his decree that a census should be taken would fulfill the first part of one of the numerous prophecies in that “little provincial history book,” one uttered about 700 years before by Micah:

        But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah,
        though you are small among the clans of Judah,
        out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel
        whose origins are from of old, from ancient times.

        Micah 5:2

        EXACTLY the year predicted by Daniel over 500 years before.

        (See Daniel 9:25, 26: using the decree issued by the King of Persia to Nehemiah (See Neh. 2) c. 445 B.C. for the starting date, plus “62 sevens,” then, factoring in Jesus’ age at his crucifixion, 33 years, to get the year of his birth, the exact year of the Roman census (the first taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria, per another painstakingly detailed historian and former tax collector, Dr. Luke).)

        Whenever a little doubt arises in my mind
        about whether God is in control of every detail,
        recalling this,

        Caesar Augustus issued a decree… (Luke 2:1)

        makes me smile and my faith is renewed.

        God — is — in — control.

        Hallelu — Yah.

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        Re: the date of the observance of Jesus’ birth

        I think it is perfect to have it in the northern hemisphere’s darkest time, for,
        with the tiny sound of that newborn baby’s cry,
        the foundations of Hell began to crumble;
        the people walking darkness have seen a great light … .
        (Isaiah 9:2-6)

        “… ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.’

        Merry Christmas!

        #(:))

      • Yes ma’am, it is not an easy task to share the verse from Daniel to show that He arrived in a precise timeline, but you managed it!

        Here is the verse:

        And here is the timeline. This shows when the Persians/Zarathustrians allowed the Jews to come back and re-build Jerusalem:

        …to the time when He was “cut off,” ie crucified.

        But Chimp still gets massive historical credits, because it was probably about 6 BC when Y’shua was born, not 0AD (; That was fun!

        Thank you so much for the wishes. Most of all thank you for the beautiful verses.

      • One more Christmas present for Chimp:

        This object is how King Cyrus of Persia decreed that the Jews (among others) could return to their homeland. (2 Chronicles 36:22-23, Isaiah 44:28, Ezra 1:7-11).

      • Chimp,

        “In any case, December would be a strange time for a census…”

        No doubt, but I suspect it’s not the birth of the child which very early Christians might have been treating as the moment of His great gift . . rather, one nine months before that (recorded in Luke 1).

        And it came to pass, that, when Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost

        That was the morning after the moment . . for Elisabeth, Mary’s cousin, was at that moment six months pregnant with John the Baptist according to the Book. Her husband was a Temple priest, and they worked in shifts of two weeks …

        And it came to pass, that while he executed the priest’s office before God in the order of his course,

        According to the custom of the priest’s office, his lot was to burn incense when he went into the temple of the Lord.

        And the whole multitude of the people were praying without at the time of incense.

        And there appeared unto him an angel of the Lord standing on the right side of the altar of incense.

        And when Zacharias saw him, he was troubled, and fear fell upon him.

        But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias: for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John.

        ….

        And it came to pass, that, as soon as the days of his ministration were accomplished, he departed to his own house.

        And after those days his wife Elisabeth conceived, and hid herself five months, saying,

        Thus hath the Lord dealt with me in the days wherein he looked on me, to take away my reproach among men.

        And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth,

        To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary.

        If Jesus was born in the fall, that moment must have been in the winter . .

    • The best I know is September 11 3 BC.
      But his birth is celebrated on this day. (And, yes, due to a lot of pagan influence that crept into it and the “religious” part of all Christianity today.)
      That God would send “the seed of the woman” to offer salvation to those who have, and continue, to slap Him in the face.
      God’s plan was old by the time he was born. His birth was the beginning of its actual implementation.
      The final fruits of Jesus’s, the Messiah’s, the Christ’s love, faithfulness and obedience will be seen at some time in the future.
      The beginning of it is something to celebrate even if the date is wrong.

      MERRY CHRISTMAS!

      • It is not without reason that good Father Dionysius Exiguus, despite his mysterious calculations having been accepted by the Church for dating, never made it to sainthood.

        Close enough for government work, I guess. His BC/AD divide at least falls in the range of dates modern scholars have found. They’re bracketed around his date, plus or minus six years or so. Itinerant rural Galilean Essene preacher, Joshua, son of Joseph, might have enjoyed closer to 40 years on earth than the canonical 30.

  23. Wow. another year, and still here.. the bucket list is complete. Merry Christmas, all.
    Thx for the great destination and fireplace, Anthony
    -the old man

  24. Mr. Watts, I want to wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Thank you so very much for continuing to fight the good fight against all of this totally illogical, uneducated “climate change” nonsense.

    All the best in 2017!

    Regards from Canada,
    Darrell Demick

  25. Merry Christmas.
    And God bless us, everyone.
    In 2017 let’s all hope that those who predict the cold are wrong. Regardless of the annoying lack of scientific rigour behind the warmists.

    • Merry Christmas to you, too, Matt, to you and your bride. And please, well, tomorrow morning, now, most likely, wish your dad a warm “Merry Christmas” from me.

      Here’s to our next 365.25 day journey around the Sun!

      Lots of good, very good, things lie ahead! :)

      Janice

  26. Thanks, Anthony! The last couple of months have made this the best Christmas ever!! I just put another log on the fire!

    But this is not over by a long shot. I am not a man of letters or of a poet’s heart but this line came to mind
    “And miles to go before I sleep” by Robert Frost.

    Whose woods these are I think I know.
    His house is in the village though;
    He will not see me stopping here
    To watch his woods fill up with snow.

    My little horse must think it queer
    To stop without a farmhouse near
    Between the woods and frozen lake
    The darkest evening of the year.

    He gives his harness bells a shake
    To ask if there is some mistake.
    The only other sound’s the sweep
    Of the easy wind and downy flake.

    The woods are lovely, dark, and deep,
    But I have promises to keep,
    And miles to go before I sleep,
    And miles to go before I sleep.

    • Thank you, Arild (I realize you were addressing Anthony, but I’m grateful to you for posting that). Beautiful.

      Merry Christmas.

      Janice

      • Oh, and Arild? The reason that there is no sleigh or cart in that painting is because Frost was on his way to drop it off at his mother’s house when the poem came to him. After he unhitched his horse, leaving the sleigh in the barn, he quickly sat down at her kitchen table and scribbled down the gist of it before stuffing it into his pocket and hurrying back outside to canter up the snowy path through the woods, back the way he came. The artist was just passing by when Frost paused a second time…. :) Amazingly, the artist and Frost never met, but, one day, searching for illustrations for a comment on a blog, a woman discovered the painting in a small, local, art dealer’s back room and, well….. :)

        How did she know the artist actually saw Frost? Because the artist wrote a detailed description of the inspiration for the painting, location, time, everything, and it was pasted to the back of the canvas.

        Any more details you are wondering about?

        Answer: it was just so.

        #(;))

    • Ah yes Arild, one of my favorite poems, having lived it in the 1950’s in Northern New Brunswick when we had the horses and sleds out around Christmas, with the feather soft flakes falling all around. Thx for the reminder.
      -the old man

  27. Merry Christmas, Anthony and a hearty THANK YOU , from the heart of Wisconsin.

    And for the life long journey,

    And for ALL that make WUWT possible.

    • (I realize you were addressing Anthony, but I wanted to tell you)

      Thank you, Carla, for what was for me a very timely reminder of those wise words. I’d forgotten about them.

      Merry Christmas.

      Serenely with high hopes for a GREAT NEW YEAR :) ,

      Janice

  28. Merry Christmas Anthony, and a Great New Year ahead. Thank you, and all your hard-working helpers for the huge effort during the past year on the Super Blog Watts up with That.

    • Here — you — go, Arild! :)

      “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” — recited by Robert Frost

      (youtube)

      (And, in looking at another video along these lines, I found that my backstory above is completely wrong, lol.)

      Thanks, again, Arild, for sharing that wonderful imagery with us.

      Janice

      • Ahem. I think….. that Frost (just as Gordon Lightfoot and many writer-singers SHOULD have done) was better off having others read his words…. Laurence Olivier, Alec Guinness, and, in another style, Jimmy Stewart come to mind….

      • And so to tie a bow around this beautiful memory laden sub-topic, I have to confess for the purpose of the elegant Frost Word picture, our Northern New Brunswick horses were not the ‘little horses’ that Bob favored south of the border. Ours could twitch a couple of 40 foot trees back to the yard, miles away… Budweiser would be proud.

  29. You want the whole DAY off? Grumble, grumble, I suppose so. But you be back at work all the the earlier the next morning, Mr. Watts!

    (A Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours – and to all those here, even the curmudgeons.)

  30. Seems something is not right with the equation but we wont get into that…..
    Wishing you all a blessed Christmas and a prosperous New Year

  31. On a weather note, here is Brisbane we had the coolest Christmas day temperature ( 24.5C) of any Australian Capitol city, even cooler than Hobart, and the coolest Christmas day day in 40 years, making it a very pleasant day for family, friends, children and grandchildren..

    2017 fills us with hope, stay safe good people……

  32. “I think I’ll tkae the day off.”
    Seems your proof reader beat you to it, Anthony!
    Fabulous blog. Best wishes from Oz. Hope you’ll honour us with a visit some time soon.

  33. A very belated Merry Christmas and best wishes for 2017 to all WUWT contributors and readers.

    I hope Anthony allows me to point his readership to the fate of Erwin Vervaet, a forty-three year old former IT manager from my home country Belgium, who suffers from an extremely rare Multiple Sclerosis variant.

    Erwin hails from Mechelen, roughly between Brussels and Antwerp. He got the diagnosis of his disease ten years ago. Until 2010, he could function more or less in an acceptable way. But since that year it’s unstoppably downhill. He’s confined to his wheelchair now, has troubles with bladder and eyes, and cannot bear heat.

    His only hope to stop his particular form of MS is in this fairly new therapy, called HSCT, which stands for hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. However, since the therapy is still in its infancy, it cannot of course be recognized by RIZIV, the Belgian State Institute for Insurance against Disease and Invalidity, and therefore Erwin would have to cough up the 55,000 EUR needed for the treatment himself.

    He’s desperate, since he’s getting worse day after day. He has therefore set himself a goal: collect the money via crowdfunding formula in a mere 60 days.

    So, if you want to make a difference this Holiday Season, you can do your little bit HERE.
    It will be much appreciated by Erwin and his loved ones.

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  35. I’m late, too. But if Christmas Day is past, Hanukkah is still underway, and Jesus was a Jew.

    And it’s not too early for a ‘Happy New Year’ to all, especially Anthony.

    /Mr Lynn

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