Peace on Earth, and elsewhere
It’s funny how a time of year so filled with joy, unity and anticipation can devolve into time-worn debates about the traditions of our observance: who we celebrate, when we celebrate, how long we celebrate, whohas the best toys? So unnecessary.
Full disclosure: I am a traditionalist, and I adhere to the tenets of what is considered by many to be an outdated orthodoxy. But in recent weeks I have continued to share with my children the story of the first night, when the existence of the savior was first heralded across the land. It was 1977, his name was Luke Skywalker, and it was awesome.
Typical of a new generation, my kids question my devotion to such an archaic story, one devoid of anyone called Darth Maul or Count Dooku, much less Kylo
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The big toy was Luke’s X-Wing Fighter (with R2-D2 figure included!) that you flew, not with a button on a PS4, but with your hand.
I wouldn’t call my kids nonbelievers, but their skepticism is clear, as is mine over the contemporary updating of the story in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” And yet, we will overcome our differences this weekend and celebrate, together. Because there is always hope.
“Your powers are weak, old man,” my son said to me the other day. Did he know he was quoting Darth Vader in “A New Hope”? There is always hope.
Some original iconography of “Star Wars” season no doubt will be on display at “SantaCon 2015: The Farce Awakens” in downtown Fort Lauderdale on Saturday.
Organizers of SantaCon Fort Lauderdale, the annual good cheer-spreading bar crawl and benefit for Kids in Distress that starts at 6 p.m. at Mangos (904 E. Las Olas Blvd.), are
This is what Matzoball (it’s where Jewish singles mingle) looks like on Christmas Eve. Would it kill you to put on a little frankincense?