This Christ Mass; however, had a special "Oliver Twist" to it when I was asked earlier in the day by Father Joe to pick up a caravan of characters going through an addiction rehab program at Stepping Stones and bring them to Mass and take them back afterwards. We were the perfect Magi Caravan for the Christ Child, not unlike his later Disciples. A band of struggling vagrants journeying through various stages of life, all seeking the Divine and enlightenment in a dark world and even darker night.
It reminded me that perhaps we Knights of Moleskine, Spirit and Ale should be more open to others plight, especially the addiction to alcohol, drugs, sex, etc. However, we have great jolly fun in our writings, which will continue, so please don't be offended.
That said, I'm also reminded of the lyrics by Jethro Tull, "The Christmas Spirit is not what you drink." There are many ways to Think, Drink and Be Merry! You can drink in the knowledge and wonder that surrounds you without drinking alcohol. You can most assuredly be merry without alcohol. And clear thinking is a hallmark of the sober mind; however, not always as open to the other dimensions of existence.
Therefore, one does not have to "drink" in the common sense of the word to be a Knight of Moleskine, Spirit and Ale, just as one does not have to be Divine to enjoy the fruits of heaven, as we celebrate that great mystery on this day.
So, Think, Drink and Be Merry in Your Own Special Way this Christ Mass!
Sir Hook the Magi Caravan Driver of Warrick
"Hey Santa, pass that bottle over here, will ya."