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  1. Justin_Case001

    The Santa Mythos

    I am a big proponent of honesty. I believe that honesty is the bedrock foundation for all relationships--the "master virtue", if you will. In fact, I believe that healthy personal relationships cannot exist if dishonesty is involved. I am even opposed to so called "white lies", and believe that they are corrosive to personal relationships in subtle ways. This doesn't mean that I think people should openly broadcast every thought they have to everyone, á la The Invention of Lying. It's perfectly acceptable to choose not to share certain things. Sometimes it's appropriate to do what I call "Vulcan lying", or the selective presenting and/or withholding of information without actually telling any falsehoods. Another way to describe this would be not lying, but not showing all your cards, either. Now, it's still wrong to deceive people in this way, but it's perfectly acceptable to simply decline to answer a question that you don't want to. When it comes to personal relationships, I believe in complete transparency. Essentially, I view lying as being on the same continuum as violence. In other words, lying should only be done in defensive situations that might require violence if all else fails. If you are in danger, you might try lying your way out before resorting to force. If you are suspicious of someone and think they might mean you harm, then you obviously aren't going to give them honest answers that they could use to hurt you. The colorful example I always like to give is if you're sheltering Anne Frank in your basement and the Nazis come a-knockin', you sure as hell aren't gonna tell 'em the truth. Sometimes, lying is clearly the only ethical thing to do. But under normal circumstances with people you trust and care about, I believe that lying should never have a place. Now that you understand where I come down on the subject of lying, I'll get to the point. I believe that we should stop telling our kids that Santa Claus is literally real when they are little. I believe the myth of Santa is unnecessary at best, and downright harmful at worst. It's something that we need to outgrow. When I float this idea by people, the first counter-argument I hear is that by ending this myth, we would be robbing children of the joy and magic of Christmas, sucking the fun out of their lives, and killing their childhood. This is demonstrably false. Children do not need to think that Santa is real in order for Christmas to be fun and magical. Children need no extra incentives beyond reality in order to get excited. Children seem to do a pretty darn good job at getting excited by My Little Pony, Batman, Spider-Man, Transformers, Disney Princesses, Star Wars, Harry Potter, etc, without thinking for a second that any of these things are real. In fact, parents typically take great care to make sure that their children know the difference between reality and what they see on TV and in movies. It's universally agreed upon that to be confused in this regard can be dangerous and harmful to children. We reassure our children that the monsters in movies can't really get them, and that they, our children, cannot fly like they see superheroes doing. Then we turn around and tell them that one jolly fat man can defy the laws of time and physics and do the things they see in movies. Surely I can't be the only one to see a problem here. Circling back, children need no extra help to get excited about these fictional characters. In fact, children tend to get head-over-heels obsessed with fictional characters, and the fun isn't sucked out just because the characters aren't literally real. I can personally attest to the fact that I was far more excited about Batman, Ninja Turtles, and lightsabers as a kid than I was about Santa Claus, but I never thought that those other things were real. Christmas needs no help to be fun. It can stand on its own without supernatural aid. Decorating, yummy treats, and piles of toys are more than enough to make any child excited. More importantly, though, I believe that telling young children falsehoods about Santa can be harmful in a variety of ways. I believe that it can prime young minds to be less skeptical, more gullible, and less apt to think critically. Now, admittedly, this is just a hypothesis, and I have no specific evidence to back it up. What I do have solid evidence for is the following: the Santa myth can actually be frightening to children, as well as cause their trust in their parents to be shaken. When I was very young, and believed in Santa, I used to be scared at the thought of him creeping around our house. It didn't matter to me that he was just supposed to be the jolly gift-giver. To me, he was a stranger, and I didn't like the idea of a stranger in my home. In our house, it was traditional for stockings to be placed on the foot of our beds. My parents would sneak into my room when I was asleep to do this, but what they didn't know is that I was often still awake. They had told me that it was Santa that came into my room, and this idea scared me. I would squeeze my eyes closed and tense with fear until the intruder had gone. Why I never thought to approach them about this, I can't say. Evidently, young children do not have the presence of mind to explain or interpret such things. They simply accept what they're told. Parents can be frightening their children with this myth without even realizing it. When I reached the age of doubt, I asked my mother point blank, and she told me the truth. I remember this conversation very vividly. It was in the car before she dropped me off at school. When I realized that they had lied to me about Santa and where the gifts came from, I was bewildered, confused, and frustrated. I was actually angry with them. And hurt. I trusted them, and I felt like they had betrayed that trust. Most people dismiss the entire Santa issue. They just wave it away, claiming that it's harmless fun. But for some kids, it's not so harmless. I actually felt hurt. I couldn't believe that my parents had lied to me. I felt confused, and began to reevaluate other things they had told me. Could I be absolutely sure that there hadn't been any other lies? My trust in them had been shaken, and it took me a little while to fully get over it. How long, I couldn't say. More than a month, less than a couple of years. I can't be any more accurate than that. I just don't remember. But I do remember feeling very upset for awhile. And let me be clear: I wasn't upset that Santa wasn't real--I was upset that I had been lied to by the people I trusted the most. Now, looking back on it at 33 years old, it seems rather silly, of course. I know my parents are honest and trustworthy, and I have a great relationship with them. I know they weren't being unethical, deceitful people; they were just going along with the cultural tradition because it's what their parents did, and it seemed fun and harmless. But we need to wake up and realize that a child's perspective is different, and some children don't handle it as well as others. It may surprise some readers to hear that every single one of my friends had similarly unpleasant experiences regarding Santa Claus, and their learning of the truth. None of them, not one, remembers it fondly. They all have negative stories to tell, just like me. One friend of mine was a very interesting case--he was actually relieved when he found out that Santa wasn't real. This was because he thought that Santa watched him all year long (as the song goes), and that if he did something wrong, even accidentally, Santa wouldn't bring him any presents. He was scared and paranoid all year because of this. When he learned that it was his parents that bought the gifts, he was relieved because he knew that his parents' love was unconditional, and they would forgive him for mistakes, and still bring him presents. People might not realize that children think this deeply about things. Well, live and learn. I simply see no upside to filling children's heads with this confusing nonsense. It can be harmful, and I guarantee that children will have all the fun in the world without it. I am given to understand that the Santa myth is not commonplace in other parts of the world as it is here in the U.S. I know someone from Europe who said that no one ever thought Santa was real in her home country. Parents just didn't do that where she grew up. But Christmas was still fun and figuratively magical for them. She moved to the U.S. when she was still a child and was completely blindsided when she found that her schoolmates literally believe in this dude with flying reindeer and elves from the north pole. Her parents had to sit her down and explain how some cultures do this nutty stuff. As usual, the United States, while seemingly ahead in certain ways, such as having freedom of speech enshrined in our constitution, is also sorely lacking in reason, rationality, and logic. To be blunt, America is bat crap crazy in some regards. Let's stop telling our children that Santa is real. Just let it be a fun fantasy--a fairly tale, just like any movie they'd watch or book they'd read. The same goes for the Easter bunny, the tooth fairy, or any other made up nonsense we tell kids. If you are a new parent, or plan on becoming one, I highly encourage you to be honest with your children. And telling yourself that it's harmless because you're giving them the gift of fun and magic is just self-delusion; it's still lying, and it's still wrong. Together, let's end the Santa mythos.
  2. So, I was just wondering if anyone remembers the movie, or episode, as it used to be on Netflix, and me and my family always used to watch it every Christmas. (I'm not sure what generation it was) side topic: anyone noticed in the US, it says on MLP: FIM that it's available until August 31st?
  3. Even on Christmas... I have tasks to perform here. Welcome to the Making Christmas Merrier - MCM - Trivia on the MLP Forums. Surprise! Just when you thought you had seen everything there was to this year's MCM extravaganza, this little project has been worked on so as to give you all that little bit of extra fun that comes at this time of year. So... You wish to have a special badge dedicated to MCM? Of course you do otherwise you wouldn't even be looking at this thread right now. This time, the questions are based on Hearth's Warming/Christmas. Yes, I said Christmas. That's because the Equestria Girls Holiday 2014 Special from IDW is being included. I know it's a controversial comic to many but then, I'm the one who chose to include it here. Anyway, aside from that special, the remaining questions are taken from the Hearth's Warming themed episodes from Friendship is Magic and the 2015 FiM Holiday Special comic. Oh, and we even included a question from "It's a Pony kind of Christmas"--That's your only hint for that one. This time, there are sixteen questions for you of varying difficulty. There is no bonus question here so instead, you will need to answer twelve out of sixteen to receive a badge, so don't see this as a daunting task. Now... who do you submit your answers to? I know! Send your answers to @Bori, of the Gift Givers of the Grove. She told me that she had some free time to spare and is more than willing to look at your answers to determine how well you did. Again, @Bori is the one you send your answers to. Unlike previous trivia challenges, this one will last for the next five days. I'm giving you an extra day because, well, it's the holidays. I'm sure you don't need me to explain that. Are you ready for this? Good. Then have fun. Q1: What did her true friends get Pinkie Pie on the 5th Day of Christmas? Q2: What does Snowfall Frost think a better Equestria looks like? Q3: What did Snowfall Frost get Snow-Dash for Hearths Warming? Q4: What does a scarf present mean?(that one's easy) Q5. Who are the six founders of Equestria? Q6. What are the names of the 'kingdoms' each of the key founders wanted to call what would one day become Equestria? Q7. Prince Rutherford tells what to Pinkie Pie when she has trouble finding the perfect gift for Twilight? Q8. What disasters affected Twilight's castle during 'The Best Gift Ever'? Q9. Each of the Mane Six, Spike, and Discord had to get a gift for their pony. What were the gifts? Q10. Who caused the problem in 'Hearth's Warming Club' and why did they do it? Q11. In Hearthbreakers, we are introduced to Pinkie Pie's family. What are their names? Q12. The 2015 My Little Pony Holiday Special comic from IDW featured three stories. What happens in each of them? (A brief description or a lengthy one, your choice.) Q13. What is the name of the website that the students of Canterlot High use to share photos, status updates, and make friends? Q14. During Rarity's sleepover party, what did she call her collection of awful outfits? Q15. Sunset Shimmer mentions what regarding her family to Applejack? Q16. Twilight tells Sunset about the 'Legend of the Windigos'. What is this legend about? (Full description)
  4. Partialgeek514

    Christmas Generosity

    So I've been seeing the Making Christmas Merrier campaign going on for a while now and I've personally been feeling sad that I can't contribute to it since I'm a high school student with no money. Because of this, I've decided to make a thread where we can share other good things we're doing for others this Christmas(and beyond!) as well as share ideas on things we can do. As a note, this thread is for everybody and not just those who aren't able to donate. Also, it's not supposed to make anyone feel guilty for not donating. I guess I'll start with saying that I've been trying to be really friendly with someone who's only recently started coming to my church and seems really shy. So what are you ponies doing this Christmas to make Christmas merrier?
  5. Last time, on the 17th of December, we had our guest Bowl Licker over. He caused some ruckus, but no-where near as the current one will cause no doubt. But if you want to know more about Bowl Licker, click here. Today, comes my favorite Yule lad, who is none other, but Door Slammer himself. Oh yeah, I think his name says everything there is to know about him. He. Likes. To. Slam. Doors!! Especially at night, that asshole xD The seventh was Door Slammer, a sorry, vulgar chap: When people in the twilight would take a little nap I would ask you to stay tuned for the next Yule lad who arrives tomorrow on the 19th, but because I am going to Portugal today , I won't be around :). So this will have to do for now, so check out this link for the rest of the Yule lads and happy Yule everybody
  6. Last time, on the 16th of December, we hat Pot-Scraper visiting town Check him out here . But today we will be meeting Bowl Licker (Askasleikir in Icelandic), I think his name should be quite obvious. He hides under beds and waits for people to put down a special bowl known as "Askur" (a bowl with a lid on it) down and then he steals it and eats whatever he finds down there.... hopefully if it is edible. Bowl Licker, the sixth one, was shockingly ill bred. From underneath the bedsteads he stuck his ugly head. Stay tuned for the next Yule lad who arrives tomorrow on the 18th of December and let me tell you, he is a personal favorite of mine ;D
  7. Last time, we had Spoon-Licker stay over with us. Check him out here. Aaaaaand today comes the arrival of our fifth Yule lad, Pot-Scraper (Pottaskefill). He steals pots and scrapes for leftovers in them to eat. What a guy indeed :'D Pot Scraper, the fifth one, was a funny sort of chap. When kids were given scrapings, he´d come to the door and tap Stay tuned for our next Yule lad who arrives tomorrow on the 17th of December
  8. As always, another Yule lad visits town and this time it is Spoon Licker. Our last one was Stubby, be sure to check him out~ Our fourth one is Spoon Licker (Þvörusleikir in Icelandic). He steals wooden spoons known as "þvörur" and he licks whatever is left on it. He is extremely thin due to malnutrition xD The fourth was Spoon Licker; like spindle he was thin. He felt himself in clover when the cook wasn´t in. The next Yule lad will arrive tomorrow on the 16th
  9. It is time for our next Yule lad. Our last one was Gully Gawk who you can see in this blog. Today on December the 14th comes Stúfur (Stubby) visiting town and he is quite the little fella! He likes to hide, using his small size and he will find pans to steal and scrape off any food leftovers he can find to eat. Stubby was the third called, a stunted little man, who watched for every chance to whisk off a pan. Stay tuned for the next Yule Lad who arrives on the 15th
  10. Welcome to the Equestria.tv events thread! Here we post details of all the events happening on EQTV, including our iconic Friday movie night, where we watch movies voted by you guys, our episode stream, where we embed a livestream of the newest MLP episode as it premiers. And of course any user-run events that happen in their own channels! And remember, even when there’s no movies or livestreams, there’s always something to watch! We keep pony videos and episodes playing non-stop, 24/7! Want to know more about Equestria.tv? Check out the FAQ at the bottom or take a look around our sub-forum, have a question? Ask in 'the lobby', where any of our staff or regular users can answer. Friday Movienight Movie Night starts at 5:00 PM CST / 6:00 PM EST / 12 AM / 24:00 CET I Triple Dog Dare you to come to movie night! A Christmas Story 6:00 PM EST 12:00 AM / 24:00 CET Elf 8:00 PM EST 2:00 AM / 02:00 CET MLP Hiatus until Season 9. EQTV's CMC Clubhouse! User Events Mr Dash's Anime Nights Every Saturday at 6pm EST More info here <---
  11. Well hello there people of all ages, boys and girls . This blog is about Santa Clauses. Now, many of you may be familiar with your own type of Santa Claus from your own region. However, here in Iceland, we in fact have 13 Santa Clauses, who arrive separately each night from December the 11th to December 24th, when the last one comes to town. And then they all start departing from town, one by one until January the 6th . Today, the Yulelads are known for being kind, bearing gifts to good children who behave, if they put their shoes by the window. However, naughty children get a potatoe, so that they will be encouraged to do more good in the future, for only kindness and goodwill is rewarded. But the yulelads did not use to be this way, once in the distant past, they were my country's biggest troublemakers during the Christmas season. Each of them had their own way of terrorizing the populace. Their mother and father and even their cat were no different, being one of the worst you could run into. Still today, children must be good and not be naughty, otherwise their mother Grýla, who is a big troll, will come with her sack, collect all the naughty children and then go back home with them and eat them. So remember, be nice or Grýla will eat you. The Yulecat is not a really nice creature either. If somebody does not get new pair of cloths for Christmas, the yulecat will eat those people, for not wearing good new cloths (our culture is a bit brutal and weird). But these blogs will be focusing on each Yulelad as they come seperately. So let us start with introducing them as a collective, shall we? Let me tell the story of the lads of few charms, who once upon a time used to visit our farms. They came from the mountains, as many of you know, in a long single file to the farmsteads below. Grýla was their mother - she gave them ogre milk - and the father Leppalúdi; a loathsome ilk. They were called the Yuletide lads - at Yuletide they were due - and always came one by one, not ever two by two. Thirteen altogether, these gents in their prime didn´t want to irk people all at one time. Creeping up, all stealth, they unlocked the door. The kitchen and the pantry they came looking for. They hid where they could, with a cunning look or sneer, ready with their pranks when people weren´t near. And even when they were seen, they weren´t loath to roam and play their tricks - disturbing the peace of the home. Now, the first one who comes today, would be Sheep-Cote Clod (Stekkjastaur in Icelandic) He is known for his stiff legs, not being able to bend them. He comes on the 11th of December, to harass sheep and steal all their milk The first of them was Sheep-Cote Clod. He came stiff as wood, to pray upon the farmer´s sheep as far as he could. (Stay tuned for more daily uploads of each Yulelad as the poem continues, if I miss out any days, I will make it up by including them all in one go Merry forward Christmas ) Next entry
  12. Venomous

    Post Your Christmas Tree

    Post a photo of your Christmas tree!
  13. I stopped believing in him when I was 12.
  14. With the recent trailer showing and hinting that (with their version of Secret Santa being done among the Mane 6 and Spike) To me, this makes the most sense for the direction they are going with for this special. But hey, If I'm wrong, I'm wrong. Although I think I may be on the button or close to it. But what do you think? Did you agree with my speculation, or do you have a different speculation on who else got who. Let us know. God Bless.
  15. So during The Best Gift Ever Special, there's gonna be a Secret Santa thing going on between the Mane Six, Spike, and maybe Starlight, so in this blog we're gonna try to guess who is gonna be who's Secret Santa? Here's mine as an example: * Twilight Sparkle --> Pinkie Pie * Pinkie Pie --> Fluttershy * Fluttershy --> Rarity * Rarity --> Rainbow Dash * Rainbow Dash --> Spike * Spike --> Applejack * Applejack --> Twilight Sparkle If adding Starlight in it then: * Rarity --> Starlight Glimmer * Starlight Glimmer --> Rainbow Dash So this is my guess! It's not very likely to all of them right, but let's see if we could get some of them right! So what's your guesses? Try to keep it random! Try to do pairings that don't interact alot because that's more likely to happen!
  16. In my opinion, during (what I think is) the right time, Christmas music is a wonderful thing. It feels super nice to listen to, and I like the lyrics and melody to many of the songs. They're so jolly, unlike the normal music that you would hear on the radio for most of the year. When do you start to listen to it? I like to listen to it as soon as November starts. Halloween is over, and (I'm American) Thanksgiving isn't a huge enough holiday to have large priority over Christmas, so why not. Anywhere earlier though I find pretty questionable.
  17. If there are any people who collection Christmas village or towns during the holidays I do during the holidays
  18. *blows away dust* Whoa, I guess it's been a while since I've done of these... Anyways, hey everypony, Woohoo here with another Musical Manslaughter, because you can't spell 'slaughter' without 'laughter' and these songs are jokes. Now I know it's been a long time since done one of these. It's mostly because I haven't found any songs that really make me angry. Then December arrived... and you know what means? Yep, it's that time of the year. For the most part, I like the holiday season... except for one thing, the music. The incessant overplaying of the same dozen-some songs and like 100 different versions of 'em in almost every public place, which drives me up a wall. While there are a few Christmas songs that I enjoy, there are some that I absolutely despise. For this entry, I'm going to tear into two of my most hated Christmas songs, one classical and one modern. Let's break it down. Let's start off with the classical Christmas song. This is a song that everyone and their great-great-great-great-grandmother knows... and that song is "The Twelve Days of Christmas." This is a random version of 12DOC I picked. Not hatin' on Bing Crosby All my life, I've never really understood this song and why it's so popular. I just don't know why. Alright, enough of my rambling, let's break it down. Since I don't want to waste too much of your time, I'm just gonna type the lyrics from the 12th day. On the twelfth day of Christmas My true love gave to me Twelve drummers drumming Eleven pipers piping Ten lords-a-leaping Nine ladies dancing Eight maids-a-milking Seven swans-a-swimming Six geese-a-laying Five golden rings Four calling birds Three French hens Two turtle doves And a partridge in a pear tree *inhales deeply* Where do I begin? Guess I'll start from day one ... and I will portray myself as a disgruntled boyfriend. 1. A Partridge in a Pear Tree: What the hell is this? All I wanted for Christmas was an iPhone and you give me a bird and a tree that require me to take care of? What's wrong with you?! I starting to question my love for you... 2. Two Turtle Doves: What? Now I have three birds to take of?! What's wrong with you?! You could've gotten me two turtles and I wouldn't complain, but no, you went for the birds again. 3. Three French Hens: At least these birds are edible but now that's six birds, SIX BIRDS I never wanted! That's it, I'm breaking up with you! 4. Four Calling Birds: That's ten birds now!! I need to file a restraining order against you. 5. Five Golden Rings: Wow, a gift that's not aviary related, although I'll probably just sell the rings so I can buy bird food. Maybe you're not so crazy after all... 6. Six Geese a-Laying: AW COME ON! Back to the birds again!?!?! Now I have sixteen birds squawking and shitting all over my house! And they are fucking too? What mental asylum did you break out of? 7. Seven Swans a-Swimming: Twenty... three... birds... and swans are assholes! Enough is ENOUGH! I have had it with these motherfucking birds in my motherfucking house! Seriously, which asylum?! 8. Eight Maids a-Milking: You finally stopped giving me birds, but now you're giving me people?! Also, what are they milking? Did they bring their own cows, too?! So now I have 23 birds, 8 cows (possibly), and 8 people. 9: Nine Ladies Dancing: Wait, where are you getting these people from? Unless... you're a human trafficker! I'm reporting you to the FBI! 10. Ten Lords a-Leaping: You mean like Sith Lords on a trampoline? Have you seen those guys? They don't look like the leaping type... 11. Eleven Pipers Piping: As if the birds squawking wasn't enough, now I have 11 more people playing the most obnoxious instrument in the universe! 12. Twelve Drummers Drumming: STOP THE MADNESS!!!!!1!11!1! ~*~*~*~ *inhales sharply... again* So let's go over all the gifts I've received. One pear tree One trampoline Five gold rings Eight cows (maybe?) Twenty three birds Fifty people ...And most of these things don't even relate to Christmas, especially the birds. Don't they fly south for winter? All I wanted was an iPhone and you give me all this shit. If your true love gives any of these things to you for Christmas, then he/she is an animal hoarding, human trafficking, noise polluting psychopath. My advice, break up with them, report them to the FBI, an have them committed to an insane asylum. As for my thoughts on the song, let me show you in .gif form... For my whole life, I never understood this song. This is not only one of the most nonsensical Christmas songs ever, but one of the most nonsensical songs ever! I know the 12 days represent the days between the birth of Jesus and the arrival of the Three Kings, but what do all those gifts mean? It's even more cryptic than "American Pie," which I already reviewed earlier this year. Whoever wrote this song must have been wasted on a few jugs of moonshine. It's also so damn repetitive. Hearing the same lyrics over and over is so tiring that I'm already bored by day four. Now for the final score... But I'm done yet. I have one more Christmas song to tear into... The final Christmas song I'm tearing into is from the wonderfully non-dystopian year of 1984, and that song is "Last Christmas" by Wham. This will be a doozy for me... let's break it down. Last Christmas, I gave you my heart But the very next day, you gave it away This year, to save me from tears I'll give it to someone special Really? That's how you want to open your song? With that lame-ass chorus. Like I said in a previous MMS, I'm not a fan of songs that start with the chorus. *sigh* Where do I begin with this... You gave me your heart? That's absolutely disgusting! That's almost as bad as all the birds and humans my ex gave me. Why would you give someone a vital organ for Christmas?! Speaking of vital, how the hell are you still alive?! "Stop being so literal, Woohoo. It's a metaphor. They just gave love to their partner for Christmas and they ignored it." Really? Love for Christmas? All I wanted was a damn iPhone! I may be forever alone single but shouldn't give your partner love like... everyday? No wonder they gave it away. That's enough on the chorus, onto the verses... Once bitten and twice shy I keep my distance but you still catch my eye Tell me, baby, do you recognize me? Well, it's been a year, it doesn't surprise me (Merry Christmas!) I wrapped it up and sent it With a note saying, "I love you, " I meant it Now, I know what a fool I've been But if you kissed me now I know you'd fool me again ~ A crowded room, friends with tired eyes I'm hiding from you, and your soul of ice My god, I thought you were someone to rely on Me? I guess I was a shoulder to cry on A face on a lover with a fire in his heart A man under cover but you tore me apart Now, I've found a real love you'll never fool me again You know, a thought just occurred to me. The more I listen to this song, the more I wonder: How is this even a Christmas song? There's nothing really Christmassy about this song other than a few uses of the word "Christmas" and the use of sleigh bells in the beat. To me, this song just feels like a lame breakup pop song you'd hear on the radio pretty much any time of the year. This is my unpopular opinion but I don't really consider "Last Christmas" to be a true Christmas song. It just doesn't have the Christmassy feeling that other Christmas songs have... at least the songs I like. Out of all the Christmas songs I hate, "Last Christmas" was the song I dreaded hearing the most. I can't stand hearing the original version by Wham or any damn version for this song. Even if an artist I liked covered it, I'd still hate it. In fact, there was a year in my life where I didn't want to celebrate Christmas because it would mean I would be hearing this song a bazillion times again. Yeah, those were dark times for me. So, do I still hate this song? Well, what do you think?! Now for the final score. Just a few points lower than "Twelve Days" but still bad. Lol, 69 And that concludes this entry of Musical Manslaughter. If you like these songs, that's fine. Hope you all have a Merry Christmas. Maybe next year, I'll get that iPhone...
  19. Making Christmas Merrier V We are pleased to announce that Making Christmas Merrier is back! Every year Poniverse bands together in order to help spread some holiday cheer by raising money for a worthy cause. This year I will be headlining this event, and I’m going to start off by saying that it is a great honor and hopefully I can do it justice. I certainly have some fabulous shoes to fill. From 2011-2015, Poniverse’s Making Christmas Merrier was able to rise over $9,000 for BC Children’s Hospital in Vancouver. It is a great testament to our beautiful community here on MLP Forums and all of Poniverse about how we came together in the spirit of love and giving year after year, which is really at the heart of the Christmas spirit and even Friendship Is Magic. This year for MCM V, we are raising money for an organization called charity: water. Charity: water’s goal is to bring fresh and clean drinking water to developing countries and communities that do not have access to it. We may take it for granted to be able to walk into your kitchen, turn on the faucet and be greeted with a near limitless supply of clean drinking water. However, in some countries, this very basic necessity is a daily struggle to acquire….if it is acquired at all. The most basic of all needs is not even accessible to nearly 663 million people. Women and young girls are often the ones responsible for walking several miles for hours every single day to carry 40 lb cans of dirty water to their homes, which is often overridden with pests and disease. Dirty water is is responsible for more deaths in the world than every form of violence combined. Many of these deaths are children. Medical care is substandard in these areas because the water needed for medical treatments are also contaminated. This often leads to infection. Not only is the cause important and lives can be impacted by our donations, charity: water has some incredible benefits: 100% of our donations will be going into the field. All processing and fees are taken care of by charity: water’s private donors. Our donations will not be split into fees such as office rent or employee salary. It will go directly to water projects. This year, we are able to donate directly through their website. They are able to process both credit cards and paypal in United States dollars, so there are multiple options for donating. Another bonus is that because their fees are covered by private donors, the typical processing cut from paypal or other companies will not be taken away from your donation Charity: water is consistently praised for its openness, accountability and transparency If you have the time, please take some of it and watch this video about this year’s charity. We have set ourselves a goal of $3000. If we can meet our goal and raise $3000, then we will have been able to help 100 people get access to clean water. That is 100 lives...men, women and children who will be able to drink water that is free of disease. That is hours of a young girl’s life taken back because she can pump water in her village rather than walk several miles to gather her family’s water from a dirty river or contaminated well. She can go to school and have an education that she would have given up because of the time needed to get water. The people in these communities, especially their children, deserve to wake up on Christmas morning and have the gift of fresh, clean water, just like you and I have. And that would make for a very merry Christmas indeed. Donations Poniverse's Making Christmas Merrier V Donation Page This year, we are going to have our donations directly on our charity: water campaign page. The benefits of this: 100% of your donations will go to the field to help give people the gift of clean water. There will be no processing or transaction fees Donations will be in United States Dollars! You have the option of donating with a credit card or paypal account When donating, please make sure to use your MLP Forum username, so that we can properly attribute the donation to you. If you end up using your real name, please PM me to let me know. FAQ What is the goal? $3000 USD. If we can make that or surpass that, it would do so much to improve a large amount of people’s lives. What is the deadline? December 31st. Because of our late start date this year, we’ve extended our fundraising campaign until the end of the year. A great way to get in those last minute charitable gift receipts on the last day of the year. Can I send the money directly to Poniverse? For this year, all of our donations will be directly through our Poniverse charity: water campaign page. What can I do besides donate money? Please, please, help spread the word! By joining in our conversation, sharing our statuses via Twitter, Facebook or other social media or by even directing non-bronies in our direction to help in this great cause. This would be a wonderful Christmas gift for these families that are without our most basic necessity. Stretch Goals The mane event. Some of you like to get the funds higher so that staff can do ridiculous and embarrassing things, like forcing staff to read ship fiction, or forcing staff to change their name, or forcing staff to sing badly, or facing staff to leave, or forcing staff to...think of creative ways to include members so we have some share of our dignity left.... Anyway, the stretch goals are back, and so is the art from last year. I regifted this art to myself, so they don’t mean anything. There’s no hints or clues this time. Uhhh...there are plenty of fun goals though. Some of them may involve you, yes, you the one reading this. You’re just going to have to wait to see. Also if you have any ideas that you would like to share for goals or ways that *you* want to be involved, feel free to PM me! So let's get these gifts unwrapped and Make Christmas Merrier! $100 Goal is unwrapped - Element of Generosity Badge This is awarded to donors who contribute at least $5.00 $250 Goal is unwrapped - Staff Solo Song A staff member will be forced to sing a song for your amusement. Dance staff puppets, dance! $500 Goal is unwrapped - Holiday Solo Song by Donors One of our donors will get to have their holiday song showcased! $750 Goal is unwrapped - Q&A of one of our Donors One of our donors will have one of MLP Forum's patented Q&A sessions Also will be featured in the Poniverse newsletter! $1000 Goal is unwrapped - PiratePony will match donations for 1 week, up to $1000 PiratePony will match total contributions from 11/30/2016 until 12/07/2016 up to $1000 $1250 Goal is unwrapped - One donor's OC will be featured in forum banner One of our donors will have their OC as part of MLP Forum's head banner $1500 Goal is unwrapped - Pie to the Face Challenge Brave volunteers will film themselves smacking themselves in the face with a pie. For charity! $1750 Goal is unwrapped - Staff/Donor Name Change for December Members vote on a staff or donor's display name to change until Dec 31st! $2000 Goal is unwrapped - Randimaxis Sings A Glass Of Water Chaos University graduate sings his alma matter $2250 Goal is unwrapped - Ban a Poniverse staff for one week A free 7 day/6 night vacation for one in glorious not-MLP-Forums! $2500 Goal is unwrapped - Staff or donor reads a shipfic WHY!?!!?!?!?!! $2750 Goal is unwrapped - Roast a Poniverse Staff Member Make them feel pain! $3000 Goal is unwrapped - Staff Reads Twas The Night Before Christmas A classic poem in ponirific taste! Are there more gifts to unwrap!!!!??? We're also going to release some plans for giveaways, special events, and more. We had a late start this year, but we are working to make this MCM as special as the ones that came before it, with the same goal of helping those in need. Thank you all very much for your time and generosity. Let’s show everyone what Poniverse can do when we all come together. Merry Christmas everypony!
  20. It is the holiday season and holiday movies are being played or promoted everywhere. Happens every year and for good reason, there are some great holiday flicks. One of my personal favorites, Polar Express, is a film I like to watch every year around the holidays. With each movie we are able to enjoy, comes perhaps movies we can't get into for whatever reason. For you, what are some holiday movies that are near impossible to get into and truly enjoy? For me, this is easy: A Christmas Story. A classic for many people and it takes place (but not filmed) in my state, that's cool. It isn't a bad movie by any means, but wow. It just...has so much friggin hype around it that I can't enjoy it really. A whole 24 hour marathon of the film is overkill to the max and it makes me tired of hearing about it. I also think the film is quite mean spirited but I suppose it pays off in the end. I just wish it wasn't so treated like a film above all else.
  21. Hey everybody! long time no post. I wanted to show off this collab with PegasYs (with vocals by Heather Feathersong)! Get rid of the January Blues below:
  22. Haven't shared anything on here in a while. Small something I did for Christmas. Hope y'all can get a small laugh from it. DA Link: http://fav.me/dbyg7eq
  23. I hope you all had a wonderful and joyous Hearth's Warming In the comments, tell me what you got for Hearth's Warming Here's what I got: A new gaming PC (you can read my "amazing" story about assembling it here) A Nintendo Switch with Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and Super Mario Odyssey (I've already beat both of them ) A copy of Cuphead Some money from relatives, which I promptly spent on groceries because adult.
  24. Hey everyone! I just finished decorating my Chistmas tree! I came on to share it with everyone, but then I thought I'd turn it into a thread. I'd love to see what everyone else's Christmas/Holiday decorations look like. And if you haven't got them up yet, no problem, just take a picture whenever to do! So here's my tree's progress shots! Now share yours! X3
  25. Nightfall Gloam

    My Christmas Wishes

    (inspired by a post by @WiiGuy2014 and another post by @Naturelicious Tune, I decided to do it in blog form because I have lots to say, and on Christmas day in my country because it felt like it would make more sense) Hello, everyone! My Christmas wishes are: To see my lady one last time before the New Year This month kinda has a lot of significance in my relationship with this girl, as we met on New Year Eve last year. In light of recent events that happened in her country, the Philippines, I am admittedly very worried for her right now, and I really do hope that she is safe and that we meet again, and sort everything out before this year ends. I know, it is hard to tell how I feel through plain text, but, I love her so much, and I feel like much of my life has changed because of her, and I really want to know that her, and her family are doing alright... It would make my day if she had come back to me! To try to become more social Even though I've made some progress, I still feel like I haven't done a lot to really show to my friends, family and even my girlfriend that I really do care for them, and that's something that I feel like I should really change. For some reason, I almost never talk about any issues I have with them (likely out of fear of getting into arguments over disagreements), and I'm still mostly huddled up in my room, on my computer for most of the day... To have one last year with my cat at the very least Since my cat is already really old and weak, I would really like to have one last year with her, as my cat has pretty much always been there for me when I've needed it, and even when she wasn't, she was at least a great companion to have, and after she inevitably dies, I don't think we'll be able to get another pet cat until I move out... Begin work on my hobbies relating to animation and film making Even while I have started working on my hobbies this year, due to being hit with some serious depression throughout parts of the year, and a lot of other distractions, I just haven't felt nearly as much passion to do really anything like this. It is a bit discouraging with the way YouTube currently is as well, but, it is the best I've got. Explore music further Thanks to meeting the girl I love, I have started listening to more music more often now, and I do happen to really enjoy it, and because of this, I do want to try to expand my tastes a little more and try to listen to more music outside of the genres I usually listen to (pop, electronic and some rock if you were wondering). If you have any recommendations, feel free to comment, I'll pretty much listen to anything! See the world (or at least, some of it since that's more realistic with my family's budget currently) I'm really not sure what the chances are of this, but, there are a lot of countries I'd love to visit, including the Philippines (for obvious reasons), and I do really want to see Australia and the rest of the world, beyond my own room. I think it will be a great way to spend time with my family and I'm sure I'll enjoy lots of it... Season 8 of MLP (it's a bit obvious, but y'know) I have become a bit more of a casual fan since the movie (I expect a load of comments going Normie? REEEEEEEEEEEE), but, I still really enjoy this show and its community a lot, and the ponies have never ceased to entertain me and sometimes surprise me. It is also great that MLP has managed to go on for 7 seasons now, and still somehow been such a good show, and based on what little I know of season 8, it should be a lot of fun! I don't think I'll have the time to watch any Gen 5, so I really want these last few years of MLP G4 to be good ones! I was going to do 12, but, I couldn't think of any more than what is posted here. Besides, I just said a lot about each wish, I think that makes up for it XD.