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It's probably just as well, since I don't need to buy any game books right now, but when I went to Dragon's Lair (my local comic and RPG shop), the role-playing section--already a sadly small section, bitch and wail--was blocked off entirely by carolling highschoolers.

I mean, points. They were carolling in a local game store. That's pretty kewl. And I'm not really that much of a grinch...however, in a place where half the customers are going to be athiests or pagans, and most of the remainder don't care, maybe you should step away from "Oh Little Town of Bethlehem" and "Silent Night" for a bit, and do something a little less cristocentric?

Probably they were practicing for a school event, and hadn't rehearsed "Green Grow the Rushes" or "Holly and the Ivy" (I'm still surprised that this song qualifies as obscure.)

Sigh, I got so bitter when I became a gay pagan agnostic. It was a lot easier when I thought "hey, it's just Christmas, if you don't like it, ignore it."


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Dec. 19th, 2007 03:02 pm (UTC)
How could the nonconformists nonconform without something to nonconform to? :)
Dec. 19th, 2007 03:11 pm (UTC)
It'd be like doing bible readings in a punk club. I think the whole "subvert the dominant paradigm" isn't commutative if you're an agent of said paradigm undermining a counter-culture.

When Voltaire wore a pink bunny suit to a goth club, he was only pushing an agenda of weird self-parody :)
Dec. 19th, 2007 04:39 pm (UTC)
I've been hearing "The Holly and the Ivy" everywhere this year. But then it's also on Alexander James Adams new album (the one I can't copy due to curses) so that might be why.

Btw, you have a package en route. If my mom's in any judge it will probably be there today.
Dec. 19th, 2007 04:44 pm (UTC)
I look forward to it :) Yours may have to wait until a little later, it's going to require me getting something from some transportation-handicapped friends on the opposite side of town :(
Dec. 19th, 2007 04:57 pm (UTC)
*grin* No rush. I had a TON of stuff to ship this year so it was easy to ship yours along with the rest.
Dec. 19th, 2007 06:20 pm (UTC)
Nobody does this out of ill will; they just do so out of the assumption that everyone's Christian. Like these guys were probably taught these as default carols because nobody bloody thought about it. For me, carols have never been quite at "if you don't like it, ignore it" - the Christian bit is always too annoying to ignore, yet too well-intentioned and banal to truly get upset about. The religious equivalent of a horsefly bite.

It sounds like the store really doesn't think of gamers as prime customers - hey, we got carollers, let's dump 'em in front of the games, nobody's headed there anyway. I'm really sorry to hear about that.
Dec. 20th, 2007 02:48 pm (UTC)
Yeah, when you're a fish, you don't see the water. And they're very pretty, for the most part, I do like Christmas music--my major irk I think is, in a place that really caters to a strong anti-christian element, there wasn't some thought of diversifying. *tsks*
Dec. 20th, 2007 10:33 pm (UTC)
Maybe no anti-christian carollers came by that day?
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