Yuletide

Ah, Christmas, the feast of the unconquered sun! Yes, that’s right, your traditional celebration of virginal birth is actually a celebration of the sun – but you probably knew that. We know quite a lot these days. The internet has taught us much. Or, at least, the internet has shown us much – it’s not so great at contextualising or interpreting anything, that’s the job of the human mind, that very same human mind which decided we needed a festival in case the sun forgot to come up. So, eh, *memes frivolously*

But the thing about Christmas (read: Saturnalia; read: Yule) is that even though we know it’s a load of hogswash and the sun will swoop back up to shine light on our hungover heads on Christmas day;,we still like to believe.

Belief is a fabulous thing. It’s so very human. It’s the mind trying to sooth itself with whispers of magic. We know the sun will rise and the sun will set and the sun will rise again, but there’s always that little shiver running down the spine, the tingle of what if this time it doesn’t. So we trickĀ ourselves. We eat, drink, and be merry. We sacrifice sherry to the god of gifts; carrot sticks to his mighty steed; turkey as an act of gluttony when all the land is barren and struck down with frost. Some of us still go to the temples and chant and hymn and sing songs of praise. We don’t call it Saturnalia anymore, but, in essence, we’re still trying to make the sun shine a little brighter during the dark period.

Here at Stanzas HQ, we’ll be feasting on tofu and singing songs of praise to the god of forms. It’s been a peculiar year, but we have faith in that sun of ours, the one that keeps peeping up over yonder hill, catching you in the good light and nodding knowingly.

So this Christmas, be ye saint or sinner, grinch, scrooge, or treacle monster, raise a toast to the unconquered sun: yule be glad for it.

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This blog post was written by Shane ‘Christmas Jumper’ Vaughan. If you have something to say and nowhere to say it, get in touch!

Stanzas will return with the sun, January 5th 2018 for SLAMZAS in the Stormy Teacup.

Toodles.

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Yuletide

Johnyy55

Hey everyone! This week’s blog is a little different, as we like to change things up whenever we can. This week, we’re reading a short story!

So put on the kettle, drape a blanket around your shoulders, and have a listen to Johnyy55, written and read by Shane Vaughan.

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This week’s blog was written by Shane Vaughan. If you have something to say and nowhere to say it, get in touch at stanzas.limerick@gmail.com

Johnyy55

Lemons to the Aid

When Life Gives You Lemons, Make Lemonade. It’s an old cliche, and yet cliche doesn’t have to be worthless if it’s making a decent point.

Our December Stanzas has been in the works for a while, and we wanted a fun, light-hearted Christmassy event, showcasing our new Solstice Sounds audio-mag, and generally having a merry time. And yet organising it has been anything but merry.

First the initial venue we wanted to use was unavailable, so we tried for somewhere else, only the dates didn’t match up; then we swapped the dates, only to find out we’d been double booked; then we swapped the dates again, finally thinking it was all going to be ok, when the USBs arrived and the logo wasn’t engraved, wasting time and money and aesthetics; then we were delayed getting a final list for the event organised because of a technical hiccup; then we realised we hadn’t actually told anyone what was happening in the first place so no one knew we were even having an event; and then… and then… and then…

Sometimes, you wonder if the universe is trying to tell you something. And other times, you think, is it giving me lemons?

We all have days, sometimes weeks, where everything just seems to go wrong. And yet, in the middle of all this wrongness, we’ve also had a whole bunch of really awesome things happen that we’re really excited to share with you guys when we can. So much is going right for us, and so much potential is just around the corner. We have big plans for 2018, and we’re more excited than ever. Even if this week has been a disaster.

It’s easy to get bogged down and think, well, this thing didn’t work, therefore everything isn’t working. But that’s not true. That’s actually never true.

At the moment, our December event IS going ahead. It’s just not going ahead quite the way we thought it would. and that’s ok too. Turns out we had to move it to a Thursday. Turns out there’s a beer sampling session on Thursday in mother macs, so we all get free beer at the end. It might not be making lemons with lemonade, but we like to think it’s better.

How’s that for merry, eh?

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FB Year 4 - Dec

The Next Stanzas Takes Place in The Stormy Teacup on Thursday December 14th, from 19:00 – 21:00, followed by merry-making in Mother Macs from 21:00 – Late.

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This blog post was written by Shane ‘ffs’ Vaughan. If you have something to say and nowhere to say it, get in touch at stanzas.limerick@gmail.com

Lemons to the Aid