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Merry Christmas 2021 · 25 December 2021


Christmas 2021 is a different Christmas.


(Even though I wrote the first line in present tense, I am writing it before Christmas day. I need to do that. Especially since I give a preview to my Twitter and Facebook audience (as few in numbers of both real and imaginary readers as they are) a preview on the Thursday before. But I figured that I needed to write something since my actual blog posting date falls on Christmas again this year.)


Much about Christmas this year is the same. We are gathered together as a family. We read the Christmas story. The one that started in Bethlehem in a stable because there was no room for them at the inn. The one that is tied to history and God. The one that features Jesus, the reason for the season. Yes. Our children are grown (just not all moved out). They have their own ideas and beliefs and notions. But they still need to be reminded where it all started. And yes. Commercialism and surely other reasons have us celebrate the holy day at a time of year that is not the same as when it all really started. But that does not negate the why of the season.


The other thing that is the same, and becoming increasingly more obvious, is that none of us needs anything for Christmas, but there are still lots of presents under the tree. We are still giving each other gifts. Which is okay. As long as we are still giving those gifts with love. With careful thought about each recipient of said gifts.


So what is the same about this Christmas this year is that we love each other, and want to be together to celebrate the day.


One other thing that is the same is that I am up before everybody else.


Christmas day is special. I get up when everybody else is asleep (which is not the reason the day is special). I take pictures of the whole Christmas scene. And I revel in the quietness. The peace of the morning. Not that I need to get up at 4 a.m. like I automatically did when I was a kid. After all, I could get up at noon and still revel in the quiet of the morning. (But that is a completely different story.) I just wake up early because Christmas day is magic.





What will be different about this Christmas is that I will not call or visit Mom. She went to fully understand the reason for the season. She went home to be with Jesus. In fact, this will be the first year when I do not have any parents to call to wish them Merry Christmas. It will be the first year when I am sad they are not here to celebrate with us. It will be the first year when I cannot go to visit for at least a couple days.


The pain of loss is overwhelming at first. The first year of different traditions can devastate people. But I will continue to be comforted by the hope and assurance that I will be united with my loved ones again when we meet in the presence of the Lord. And I will continue to concentrate my time and energy on those who are here with me.


Yes. It is probably contrite and overused and cliché (which I know is redundant), but my favorite Christmas present is the presence of my loved ones. My family will continue to be the greatest gift I have ever received.


Merry Christmas to all. I hope that you get to know the reason for the season. And I hope that your greatest Christmas present is Christmas presence. Regardless of whether this is a different Christmas for you or not.

© 2021 Michael T. Miyoshi

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An Indulgent Christmas Song · 22 December 2021


I had to write a new Christmas song to the tune of an old Christmas song. Actually, I just had to write new gifts into the old Christmas song about giving gifts for twelve days (aptly named, The Twelve Days of Christmas). It came about because of a #SixWordStory writing prompt. I know it is silly, but there are other sillier Christmas songs out there.


By the way. Whether you normally pronounce Porsche as one or two syllables, it sounds better in the song with two. (Sorry for the spoiler without the alert. But the picture probably gave it away anyway.)


The Twelve Automobile Days of Christmas


On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me
A Porsche in the driveway.


On the second day of Christmas, my true love gave to me
Two Toyota Supras and
A Porsche in the driveway.


On the third day of Christmas, my true love gave to me
Three Bugatti Divos
Two Toyota Supras
And a Porsche in the driveway.


On the fourth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me
Four Bentley Limos
Three Bugatti Divos
Two Toyota Supras
And a Porsche in the driveway.


On the fifth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me
Five Ford GTs
Four Bentley Limos
Three Bugatti Divos
Two Toyota Supras
And a Porsche in the driveway.


On the sixth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me
Six Lamborshinis
Five Ford GTs
Four Bentley Limos
Three Bugatti Divos
Two Toyota Supras
And a Porsche in the driveway.


On the seventh day of Christmas, my true love gave to me
Seven muscle cars
Six Lamborshinis
Five Ford GTs
Four Bentley Limos
Three Bugatti Divos
Two Toyota Supras
And a Porsche in the driveway.


On the eighth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me
Eight Dodge Vipers
Seven muscle cars
Six Lamborshinis
Five Ford GTs
Four Bentley Limos
Three Bugatti Divos
Two Toyota Supras
And a Porsche in the driveway.


On the ninth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me
Nine Aston Martins
Eight Dodge Vipers
Seven muscle cars
Six Lamborshinis
Five Ford GTs
Four Bentley Limos
Three Bugatti Divos
Two Toyota Supras
And a Porsche in the driveway.


On the tenth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me
Ten McLaren F1s
Nine Aston Martins
Eight Dodge Vipers
Seven muscle cars
Six Lamborshinis
Five Ford GTs
Four Bentley Limos
Three Bugatti Divos
Two Toyota Supras
And a Porsche in the driveway.


On the eleventh day of Christmas, my true love gave to me
Eleven Mitsubishis
Ten McLaren F1s
Nine Aston Martins
Eight Dodge Vipers
Seven muscle cars
Six Lamborshinis
Five Ford GTs
Four Bentley Limos
Three Bugatti Divos
Two Toyota Supras
And a Porsche in the driveway.


On the twelfth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me
Twelve Testarossas
Eleven Mitsubishis
Ten McLaren F1s
Nine Aston Martins
Eight Dodge Vipers
Seven muscle cars
Six Lamborshinis
Five Ford GTs
Four Bentley Limos
Three Bugatti Divos
Two Toyota Supras
And a Porsche in the driveway.


Yes. Your true love would need to be a billionaire to give you all these gifts. And who needs 22 Supras? Or 30 of the 40 Divos? Indulgent indeed.


At any rate. I hope you enjoyed it.


Have a very merry Christmas.

© 2021 Michael T. Miyoshi

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Kimchi Is Not the Answer · 18 December 2021


I thought about it some more and realized that kimchi is really not the answer to COVID. (As if it ever was.)


Kimchi is NOT the answer to COVID despite anything you might have heard or read on the internet. Even in this blog. But there is much about kimchi to be heralded. After all, it is one of the most perfect foods, and should be considered to be its own food group. But there are a few drawbacks to kimchi. Especially, in the age of masks.


I was thinking about kimchi and masks when I was taken back in time.


One of my dear friends used to blow his breath into his hand and sniff it to see if he had bad breath or not. I laughed out loud a time or two when he used to do it. After all, if you cannot laugh at your friends, why are they your friends in the first place? At any rate, I used to think it funny when he checked the state of his own breath.


So what does checking your own bad breath have to do with kimchi and masks? Everything.


I know there are places in the world where people have worn mask for years. Places with extreme pollution. Places where people have been concerned about other people’s disease-ridden bodies long before COVID. Places where people think it is cool to look like you work in a hospital even though you are just hanging out with your friends. Okay. Maybe not the last one. But there have been places where people have worn masks for years. The people in those places have probably had the revelation I am about to reveal long before I did. The revelation that perhaps my friend was right all along. Perhaps you can smell your own bad breath by blowing it into your hand to check.



I came upon this revelation after I thought about kimchi. It is rather odd that I did not realize it before. Even though I have been wearing a mask all day for nearly a year, and for a year before that whenever I left the sequestering of my own home. That realization is that if you do not like the smell of your own bad breath, you probably ought to stay away from those foods that bounce back from your mask into your nose.


Think about it. When you breathe out, your mask catches the odors of your breath and throws them back into your inhaling nose. So you get to smell what you ate all day long. Unless you brush after every meal. (Yes. There are people who are concerned about their health who do that.) So unless you actually like the way your breath smells after you eat kimchi, you might not want to use it to keep others away. After all, you cannot keep away from yourself.


Personally, I eat whatever food I want to eat, stinky or not. I guess I am just used to my own bad breath.


Well, there you have it. (No. That is not going to be my new catchphrase.) Kimchi really is not the solution to COVID. But it still might be the solution to keeping people away from you. At least if you can stand to keep smelling your own odoriferous breath as you wear your health mask.


In the end, I would still encourage people to eat kimchi. Even if you do not like to smell your own kimchi breath. After all, kimchi is the perfect food. Even though it is not the answer.

© 2021 Michael T. Miyoshi

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