Thursday, December 22, 2011

The Christmas post 2011

Well, it is this time of year again, to wish everyone a happy Christmas to Hanukkah or Kwanzaa as the case may be.  But no vacation again as politics will keep coming our way in Venezuela.  True, it will slow down some as Chavez will use the holidays to get more secretive therapy, the opposition knowing that nobody reads papers (when published as some stop publication altogether until mid January 9, including El Pais for the comment section I participate!) will prefer to do door to door activities and be seen at any live nativity scene available, though sitting governors will be giving stuff away as if they were Chavez, but a live one.

Thus it will be a good time to take stock and write less often but on more general stuff, trying to get some of the perspective that may have been lost in recent weeks of a stressful end of year.  For news junkies, I probably will be posting more of the eventual newsy stuff  on the Facebook pendant of this blog, Interpretando Venezuela (though I will watch for any political Christmas Miracle for here).  Facebook is quicker in holiday mood as the link is up there fast (if I can mange to make it work on my Berry), and there is only need for a short comment from my part while you can add all the comments you can possibly wish to write, without moderation.  Thus even if you do not read Spanish check it out and point it out to your Spanish speaking friends.

As I will be travelling I probably will not show up until the 25th so have a good Christmas eve in Venezuela and most of Europe and LatAm, and an excellent Christmas day in the UK and North America.


  1. "add all the comments you can possibly wish to write, without moderation." Comment free-for-all over at the Facebook, then! I've so longed for the opportunity to base the value of my arguments on the number of comments I can post, bring grudges from other sites, etc... Just kidding. Hope you find some time to relax. Peace. --jsb

  2. Finally we got our guiding star...Unity...and a bit of hope.. so merry everything to all, and best wishes for the coming year.Thanks, Daniel for all your efforts!

    star of the north

    In dreams it came to us
    with outstretched arms
    the color of malachite
    giving, magnetizing
    body formed by dust and wind
    and torrential waters-
    as it passed to us the
    fragrant journey of hope
    and a geography of immensity
    that defies the boundaries
    of can't do,
    so let us drink from its radiance
    and take refuge
    in its generous hospice of light

  3. Island Canuck2:22 AM

    Merry Christmas Daniel. May you and SO have happy one.

  4. Danielito,
    Merry Christmas to you too!

    Un gran abrazo!

  5. CharlesC3:32 AM

    Christmas Tip: You will know your eggnog has gone bad when you can’t tell it from your Chia Pet.
    Your gift of writing to us is the gift that keeps on giving throughout the year. Looking forward to 2012! Mon ami.

  6. Feliz Navidad Daniel.
    Peace and Joy.

  7. JAvier6:30 AM

    Same to you "Daniel"

  8. 1979 Boat People7:54 AM

    To Daniel and the Readers of this blog:

    Have A Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year.

    The year 2011 has been a bad year for the dictators around world.

  9. The Christmas season reminds me of the "carol" I wrote, once upon a time... ...hard to believe how little has changed in over six years. Except now there are FOUR pawns in the CNE.

    Merry Christmas, Daniel, and to the rest of you as well. And may 2012 bring much better hope to all of us.

  10. Nice time to you all. I have to say I somehow thought of you when I watched

    Merry Chirstmas!

  11. Merry Christmas for you and your family Daniel.

  12. Yoruguay11:09 PM

    Happy Kawanza? Are you insane?

  13. Anonymous3:18 PM

    Merry Christmas to you Daniel and a very Merry Christmas to all living in Venezuela including my mother and father! May gob bless all of you and may 2012 bring a year of change!

  14. Anonymous3:19 PM

    Whoops meant "god"

  15. Joyeux Noel, Daniel! N'oublions pas mon frere de toute la vie el Mr. Pedrito! Saludos.


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