e6df47d8cf151353eFor years, I have always been a HUGE fan of The Flintstones! Sadly enough, I have even been mistaken for a human version of Fred a few times too. (However, I am really not sad about that other than the fact I do need to bring the cholesterol down and drop a few…plus I have ugly feet, Traci wouldn’t allow me to walk around barefoot.) (I would wear that outfit though.)

Anyway, I had always found it to be the oddest thing… The Flintstone Christmas Special. For starters, here is the wikipedia description of the show…
The show is set in the town of Bedrock in the Stone Age era. The show is an allegory to American society of the mid-20th century; in the Flintstones’ fantasy version of the past, dinosaurs, saber-toothed tigers, woolly mammoths, and other long extinct animals co-exist with barefoot cavemen, who use technology very similar to that of the mid-20th century, although made entirely from pre-industrial materials and largely powered through the use of various animals. The characters drive cars made out of stone or wood and animal skins and powered by foot.

One source of the show’s humor was the ways animals were used for technology. For example, when the characters took photographs with an instant camera, the inside of the camera box would be shown to contain a bird carving the picture on a stone tablet with its bill. In a running gag, the animals powering such technology would, breaking the fourth wall, look directly into the camera at the audience, shrug, and remark, “It’s a living,” or some similar phrase.
Also according to wikipedia, the stone age probably started over 3 million years ago…
Hmmmm… 2,000 years ago, Christ walked the Earth. 3 million years ago… the stone age, and therefore The Flintstones, Mr. Slate, and Barney Rubble…
Well, anyway… I was never good at math. So, I suppose it could be feasible. Don’t get me wrong. I am an advid fan and viewer of the show and… I don’t have any problems with St. Nick.
Wait a minute, what does wikipedia say about St. Nick?
180px-sinterklaas_2007Saint Nicholas of Myra is the primary inspiration for the Christian figure of Santa Claus. He was a 4th-century Greek Christian bishop of Myra in Lycia, a province of the Byzantine Anatolia, now in Turkey. Nicholas was famous for his generous gifts to the poor, in particular presenting the three impoverished daughters of a pious Christian with dowries so that they would not have to become prostitutes. He was very religious from an early age and devoted his life entirely to Christianity. In Europe (more precisely the Netherlands, Belgium, Austria and Germany) he is still portrayed as a bearded bishop in canonical robes. In 1087, the Italian city of Bari, wanting to enter the profitable pilgrimage industry of the times, mounted an expedition to locate the tomb of the Christian Saint and procure the remains. The reliquary of St. Nicholas was desecrated by Italian sailors and the spoils, including his relics, taken to Bari [8] [9] where they are kept to this day. A basilica was constructed the same year to store the loot and the area became a pilgrimage site for the devout, thus justifying the economic cost of the expedition. Saint Nicholas became claimed as a patron saint of many diverse groups, from archers and children to pawnbrokers.[10] He is also the patron saint of both Amsterdam and Moscow.[11]
So, he wasn’t even around 3 million years either? Aww, man! What are the Flintstones celebrating anyway? So, what is Christmas without the Christ child? Probably exactly to how we have made it. But, what if…
Anyway, how will you celebrate your Christmas this year? Oh… and just for fun… watch this and laugh. It is classic! (especially as Fred and Barney are walking around barefoot with gloves and ear muffs on.)
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