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So, what have I been doing while I'm stuck here listening to that bloody brass band and not enough people are updating J to keep me entertained?

I've discovered dot_cattiness (hurrah for cattiness!)

I've been reading too many Savage Love columns (hurrah for sarcasm and downright rudeness!)

I've been reading up on Kwanzaa, but I'm still not sure what I think about it. I suppose that part of the point is that it doesn't matter what white folks like me think about it, or something, and I don't exactly object to that, either, but I do feel that inventing a festival that happens to run from 25th December and 1st January and then adding the injunction that people "should not mix the Kwanzaa holiday or its symbols, values and practice with any other culture" is just a tad unrealistic. Yes, I'm against Xmas taking over the world, but I'm also pro diversity and people will be eclectic whether you like it or not...

By the way, does anyone know if any religions other than some pagan traditions change the dates of their seasonal celebrations in the southern hemisphere?

Hurrah! The brass band has stopped! And I can go home soon - yay!