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Old 24th December 2010   #1
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Default Merry Christmas

We would like to wish all of our readers a very Merry Christmas, and all the best of the Yuletide season.

There will never again be another Christmas to match the magical events of 2009, when we were privileged to interview full-figured goddess Kelsey Olson in Disneyland, the most enchanted location in the Western Hemisphere, a storybook setting complete with a fairy-tale castle (which underscored Miss Olson's identity as a princess living in the present day). Not only was it a wonderful experience due to the thrill of meeting the most beautiful and popular current plus-size model, but it was a marvellous Yuletide story in and of itself. The topic of Christmas, and what it has meant to Kelsey throughout her life, from girlhood to adulthood, came up several times over the course of the discussion. We invite all of our readers to enjoy it once more.

This year, on the other hand, we take note of an interesting little story that serves as a follow-up to one of the themes of both the Kelsey interview and our recent Twelfth Anniversay post: the effort to rediscover and reassert Old World identity and values, and to liberate Western Culture from its decades-long colonization by alien, parasitic forces and hostile ideologies.

The article in question appeared in The Hamilton Spectator (a local newspaper) a few days ago. Here is a brief excerpt:

Turning carols into protest songs

Danielle Wong
Dec 20 2010

People driving by the group of cheerful, tambourine-shaking carollers probably would not suspect they were protesters.

But these Polish Hamiltonians are crooning to bring Christmas back into the so-called "holidays" or "season."

"...More and more, Christmas is disappearing because we hear that we have to be so politically correct that people are not allowed almost to say, 'Merry Christmas,'" Danuta Niton said Saturday afternoon outside City Hall.

Niton co-organized a Keep Christmas Alive protest for the second year in a row this month, a campaign mobilized by Hamiltonians of Polish heritage.

About 40 carollers from the Polish community gathered in front of the steps of City Hall Saturday, holding signs, including one that said: "For us, it's not just a season," and singing both English and Polish Christmas carols.

The group had one of its members dress up like the "Canadian" Santa Claus and another as the "Polish" Santa, who dressed up in a bishop's garments to resemble Saint Nicholas.

Niton said she hopes their campaign, which culminated Saturday after the group sang by the nativity scene in Gore Park and in front of Jackson Square, will result in businesses and City Hall using the word "Christmas" on their signage.
It may not seem like much, this gathering of Polish carolers protesting the erasure of Christmas, but it is a rare and telling example of Europeans defending their ethnic heritage. If such efforts were to spread to other Old World immigrant communities, and encompass other aspects of traditional values (such as the Classical ideal of full-figured femininity), then the "aesthetics of guilt" would soon vanish, and timeless beauty would be restored.

Here is one of the protest songs (a.k.a., traditional Christmas carols) that these Polish Canadians likely sang during their dissent: Dzisiaj w Betlejem ("Today in Bethlehem"), a joyous celebration of the Yuletide events. The performers are the folk-dance company "Mazowsze," dressed here in traditional ethnic garb.

It doesn't surprise us that it was specifically the Polish community that finally struck a blow for its traditions. The Poles benefit from a powerful religious legacy, an unreconstructed medieval Catholicism that has enabled them to resist countless hostile forces from without and from within over the centuries. It was a Polish king who, in 1683, led the fabled Winged Hussars in the largest cavalry charge in history, broke the Turkish lines, and saved Vienna (and Western civilization itself) from the Eastern invaders--an event that directly inspired the Battle of Pelennor Fields in Tolkien's The Return of the King. Poland was dismembered by its neighbours in the 18th century and wiped off the European map for 123 years, but it reemerged intact in the 20th century.

The timeless ideal of plus-size beauty could similarly be suppressed for 123 years, but it will come back. In taking on Poland and its sons, as well as whatever Prussians are still alive in this world, postmodern materialism may have finally met its match. The alien rootlessness of the media world will break like surf upon the ancient strata of the Old World and its inheritors.

* * *

We have two images of plus-size beauty that we alternate to mark each annual Christmas. Last year we showcased Shannon Marie's unforgettable Addition-Elle ad, so this year we return to Barbara Brickner's gorgeous promotion for C.J. Banks, a warm, cozy evocation of hearth and home, with gifts of all sorts just waiting to be unwrapped; a celebration of tradition and family and heritage--which is what the Yule is all about.

Merry Christmas to all . . .

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Old 25th December 2010   #2
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Originally Posted by HSG
If such efforts were to spread to other Old World immigrant communities, and encompass other aspects of traditional values (such as the Classical ideal of full-figured femininity), then the "aesthetics of guilt" would soon vanish, and timeless beauty would be restored.

This could be true. Right now, I think that most people who support size-celebration do so either as a matter of aesthetics, or as a point of principle. Either way, it's something abstract to them, not personal (unless they themselves are full-figured).

But if people were to realize that the plus-size ideal is part of their ethnic heritage, their own cultural identity, it would become personal to them, and they would champion it all the more. The Irish, for example, might embrace female fullness as something distinctively Celtic, as vital to them as the Gaelic language. The Russians might celebrate it as something that's in their blood, different from "foreign ways," and therefore better.

Even people who weren't plus-size themselves would champion it, the same way they keep alive carols or other ethnic, traditional customs.

And doing so would, by turn, help European-Americans learn more about their own heritage and become proud of it, seeing it as part of their identity. They wouldn't look at an oval-faced, hyper-toned, androgynous magazine model and think, "I should starve to look like that," but reject such a standard as alien to them, saying, "My ideal, my Germanic (or Irish, or Danish, or Greek, etc.) ideal, is totally different. It's a full-figured ideal, womanly, feminine ideal, and I'm happy to resemble it."
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