Best wishes to everyone celebrating Christmas. It was 70 degrees yesterday and will be close to that today. A truly bizarre Christmas where I walked Luna in shorts!

We have stayed in Virginia this year but our thoughts are with the Turley clan in Chicago. We are fortunate to have our Pittsburg family, the Rosens, with us this Christmas. We played a mean game of Monopoly last night (I was the first bankrupted). I made our traditional Cioppino soup — a tradition started by my late father, Jack Turley. I hated the soup as a kid so fate has left this tradition to me. I am now as addicted to the soup as my father was.

The Turley family wishes everyone a happy and safe holiday. We will have our traditional beef with Yorkshire pudding and other highlights. I will be toasting our blog family tonight and give thanks for the wonderful community we have created at this site.

Best wishes,

Jonathan Turley

33 thoughts on “MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!”

  1. Wishing Jonathon and everyone here a happy new year, merry Christmas, live long and prosper..

    A Servant in Baghdad (An ancient Sufi parable.)

    A rich merchant in Baghdad sent his servant one day to the marketplace to buy food. But after a few minutes the servant returned looking panic-stricken.

    “Master!” he cried. “You must lend me your best horse immediately, so that I may flee to Damascus and thereby escape my fate.”

    “Whatever is the matter?” asked the merchant.

    “I went to the marketplace and I saw Death standing there among the stallholders!” exclaimed the servant. “He made a hostile gesture at me and started walking towards me. I beg you, lend me your best horse so that I may flee to Damascus and escape.”

    The merchant was a kind man and he did as his servant asked. Then he himself walked down to the marketplace to see if the story was true. Sure enough, Death was standing in the crowd.

    “Why did you make a hostile gesture at my servant?” asked the merchant.

    “I made no gesture of hostility,” replied Death. “I was simply very surprised to see him, for I have an appointment with him tonight… in Damascus.”

    “You cannot escape. Wherever you go you will find your death waiting for you. Yes, it can be prolonged, postponed, but what is the point? Rather than postponing, why not use this opportunity of becoming aware of death — that it is approaching, that it is on the way, that any moment you will be in its grip. Don’t ask for the horse and don’t try to go to Damascus. You cannot escape. The only way is to transcend, not to escape.”
    From stories told by Osho

  2. Merry Christmas to all. We are in Minneapolis. For the first time in my life, we went out for dinner on Christmas Eve. Many places are open, which surprised me. We ate @ Stella’s, a good fish restaurant. The southern Italian tradition is to have 7 fishes on Christmas Eve. Stella’s makes a very good cioppino. I saw a few orders going out, and a couple of the folks I saw who ordered it look like paisans.

  3. Chinggis wish Mary Christmas to all. Best present to give state police or highway patrol person: pullover sweater.

  4. Model railroad train sets use to be a nice holiday gift, but they get boring going around in circles.

    Not so with this outdoor train set plowing snow. This is daddy’s toy, not the kids. Get kids to play with a dumb wooden block set.

  5. Merry Christmas to you and all the Turleys. Thank you so much for your thought provoking blogs throughout the year. Enjoy The warm weather and Christmas with your family.

  6. A Merry Christmas to you and your family, and thank you for all the work you put in on your posts. I have always been interested in “Family tradition” recipes as they are usually much better than the ones posted by all of the popular food sites. Interested in sharing?

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