Penultimate Day

Head East – Never Been Any Reason

Today’s Quote: “Nakedness reveals itself. Nudity is placed on display. The nude is condemned to never being naked. Nudity is a form of dress.” — John Berger, art critic, novelist, painter, and author


That’s right, it’s Penultimate Day. It’s the next to last day of the year; a day when I take a few moments to reflect on the year that has just passed. I’m sure Hallmark and the retailers will eventually learn about this day and make it a card and gift giving occasion. After all, we can never have enough opportunities to demonstrate how much we love someone by showering them with expensive and thoughtless gifts, cards, and chocolate. Dear Lord, we can’t forget the chocolate!


We did some shopping today for groceries and a few other things. Christmas was only five days ago and Valentines chocolates are already on the shelves! (Mandy tells me they hit the shelves on the 26th.) Give me a break! Why is it that every holiday on the Christian calendar has become over-commercialized? Does anyone remember why we celebrate holidays? They’ve all become extravaganzas of unbridled capitalism. You must give gifts (preferably diamonds and luxury automobiles) for every occasion, otherwise you don’t love the recipient who will, in turn, suffer from a traumatic loss of self-esteem.

The Easter stuff will be on the shelves February 15th (or sooner) and the pressure will be on to buy Easter gifts. When did Easter become a gift giving occasion? Well, I guess the Romans did give Jesus gifts – a sound flogging, a crown of thorns, a nice little “King of the Jews” sign, and a spear in the side. Wasn’t that thoughtful of them?

Have you bought your New Year’s gifts yet? Only one shopping day left. Gotta buy gifts for everyone for Martin Luther King Day. And let’s not forget to buy our Ground Hogs Day gifts and chocolates. February 2nd is just around the corner. What do I get my one true love on President’s Day? I know, the Lexus she really wanted for Christmas!

Why don’t we see this sort of crass commercialism for Jewish and Islamic holidays? Is it because the potential market is somewhat limited? I haven’t forgotten pagan holidays. That’s because nearly all of those are now Christian holidays. To my knowledge, there are no genuinely Christian holidays.


Never Been Any Reason by Head East, Flat As A Pancake (1975)
The line “Save my life, I’m going down for the last time.” is sometimes misheard as “Shave my wife, I’m going down for the last time.” That has a totally different meaning.

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Author: Rick

I'm a simple man, trying to make my way in the universe.