Dec 25, 2013 #KevinsDailyReads
Merry Christmas everyone. Stay warm, drink that eggnog and be very merry 🙂 Here are some fun Christmas reads.
Christmas is one of the quietest days of the year – economically; NASDAQ, NYSE, Wal-Mart and other giants take the day off; fun fact – holiday sales rep 40% / $600Bn of all retail sales annually (http://bit.ly/1eb0MzN);
Ever wondered how your Christmas tree got to your living room? Turns out, they get airlifted. Take a look at the fun high-speed joyride your trees go on (http://wrd.cm/1d6VZ3B);
From the Vatican, Pope Francis tells the Christmas mass to “not be afraid”; the message, like many of the new Pope’s recent public messages (re: gay priest), seemingly goes against the traditional Catholic rhetoric; whatever you want to call it – progress/courage etc – he’s a brilliant politician who understands that his Church needs the “ordinary people” to maintain its hegemony (http://cnn.it/1eaZ8Ox);
On Christmas 2012, over 328M smartphone apps were downloaded (http://bit.ly/1eaYAIn); 36% inc from 2011; hypothesis is that the first thing people do on Christmas after they’ve unwrapped their iPads is to download lots of apps – nothing better to do, right? (http://bit.ly/1eaYwbR);
So the jolly question: is it politically correct to say “Merry Christmas”? Google Doodle, unbiasedly, says “Happy Holiday”; acc to PublicMind poll, 67% of Americans prefer “Merry Christmas” (http://lat.ms/1eaY9hg, also seehttp://bit.ly/1eaYtMZ);