Cigar Ettiquette

Okay, I am now going to take some time to supply some cigar-smoking etiquette tips.

I’m El Jefe, and I’m here to help you. As everyone knows, I am the Emily Post of cigar smoking. Also, you’re my friend, so I don’t want you to embarrass yourself — or me.

As a side note, rules of etiquette do not necessarily make sense to everyone. They can be traditional rules developed through the ages. Other times, they are simply a question of manners. Moreover, you may not agree with all these rules of etiquette and therefore, may not practice all of them (I don’t). I’m just making you aware. As I said earlier, I’m here to help you.

You’re not a chimney, so take your time. Taking a puff on the cigar about once per minute is a good pace. Chances are, you paid a decent price for your cigar, so take time to enjoy it. Try to find the fine line between taking some time and not having to relight your cigar too many times. It’s not a “race to the finish,” nor have I ever heard of a cigar-smoking race where the winner is the one who smokes his double corona the fastest.

You’re not a jerk, so don’t use your middle finger. A novice holds his cigar between his index finger and middle finger; an aficionado holds it between his index finger and thumb.  I don’t know why this is a rule of etiquette, but it is. Bonus tip: don’t hold the cigar between your ring finger and middle finger, sticking it up at others, imitating a gigantic middle finger with your cigar and laughing like a junior high boy.

You’re not a show-off, so remove the band. This rule of etiquette is an old one and often not practiced anymore; it is considered “optional.” The traditional thought, though, is that you remove the cigar band so that you are not showing off the fact that you are smoking an expensive cigar. Some follow the lead of the host. If the host removes his band, others follow. Bonus tip: don’t remove the cigar band with pliers.

You’re not incompetent, so light the cigar yourself. You’re not smoking a cigarette, either, so don’t “ask someone for a light.” It’s acceptable to ask to borrow someone’s torch lighter, but light it yourself.

You’re not obsessive, so wait a while between smokes. Once you finish a cigar, with a few minutes before lighting up again. Some say that not taking some time between sticks is a sign of obsessive behavior. Bonus tip: don’t ask someone if you can take a drag on his cigar. That’s rude and unsanitary.

Related: there is etiquette to lighting cigars. Please read my post on cigar lighting tips. The article shows, among other things, that one should toast the foot of the cigar before lighting it.

You’re not a sadist, so don’t mutilate your cigar. When cutting your cigar, use the proper tool to cut it. Use a suitable sharp cutter, such as a guillotine, v-cut, or punch. Cutting your cigar with a penknife or biting it off with your teeth (then spitting it out) is unacceptable. Bonus tip: don’t cut your cigar with a bolt cutter.

Don’t put your foot in your mouth. This rule of etiquette says that the cigar is not to be smoked down to the foot. Some say that you should not smoke more than three-fourths of the cigar, while others want to get their money’s worth. The former contend that smoking it too close to the foot results in a harsher smoke. The latter doesn’t give a flip. A similar rule is that if your cigar is down to its last one-fourth and it goes out, don’t relight; instead, retire the cigar.

Related: Pastor Smokey has a foot fetish, as indicated in his post, Cigars by the Foot. You can tell that he is not just making a bunch of puns, but “puts his best foot forward” in this article.

You’re not Winston Churchill, so don’t dip your cigar in brandy. This was commonly practiced by the prime minister. However, today dipping cigars is considered by many to be taboo. While smoking cigars aged in bourbon or other whiskey barrels is perfectly acceptable, dipping them before smoking is not. Bonus tip: don’t dip your cigar in milk.

There you go. I hope I helped. Now you won’t look like a lunatic.

Discuss it! Agree with these rules? As I indicated earlier, I’m afraid I have to disagree with all of them. Seinfeld fans and others: air your grievances here, or scroll down and add your comments.

Sensational Cigar Pairings

Why just pair cigars with alcoholic drinks? There are many other things with which one can pair with cigars to make the experience extra enjoyable. Try enhancing your smoking experience with some pairings you may not have considered.  

For example, we know that bourbon, scotch, and rum are popular alcoholic pairings. To be sure, pairing drinks is of primary consideration. However, other pairings can enhance the experience as well. One example might be what I call a “full Scottish experience.” This might include a tri-pairing of drink, clothing, and music: Glenmorangie Signet while wearing a kilt and listening to (or singing together) Auld Lang Syne and I Love A Lassie. 

I’m El Jefe, and I’m here to help you. I want to triple your cigar smoking pleasure by showing you how you can triple your fun. Folks, this is much better than doubling your pleasure with Doublemint gum! Through careful consideration and extensive scientific research, I have come up with a method of tripling your enjoyment. Pair with a drink to enhance the flavor. Pair with music to create an auditory sensation. Pair with the right clothing to increase overall comfort. This concept can even be expressed with a graphic!

Of course, you don’t have to accomplish a tri-pairing every time. For example, you might not have access to a kilt. Most of these suggestions are based merely on what I was eating, drinking, or listening to while smoking. Like I said, I’m here to help you. Here you go: 

El Rey Del Mundo 1848: a ribeye steak, sun tea, on a 72-degree sunny day outside of Spencer, Indiana, while listening to 80’s Christian rock. Flip-flops. An experience fit for a king.  

Carlos Toraño Exodus: frog legs (see Exodus chapter 7) and a bloody mary. Wear a nemes crown.  

Romeo y Julieta: poison. Get it? Romeo poisoned himself when he thought his lover was dead. Ha, ha, ha!

Montecristo: a Montecristo sandwich. Really, I’ve done this. Rootbeer or Dr. Pepper.  

Acid: Pair with anything that gets your mind off the fact that you’re smoking an acid cigar. Some appropriate pairings consist of a root canal, jumping naked on a cactus, or anything else masochistic. The best music to pair with this would be 80’s rap, such as 2 Live Crew or NWA.   

San Cristobal Revelation: a bowl of wrath (see Revelation 16) . . . whatever . . . pray about it; maybe the Lord will reveal a simply divine pairing.  

The Wise Man: light up some incense and enjoy.

Punch Gran Puro: Contrary to popular belief, Hi-C red fruit punch is not the best pairing. Instead, try Strawberry Yoohoo. 

Angel’s Anvil Cigars (all): Drink Angel’s Envy bourbon with this stick. This will give you the pleasure of saying, “I’m enjoying an Angel’s Anvil with an Angel’s envy.” Say that three times as fast as you can.  

CAO Zocalo: Tequila, sombrero, medium/chunky salsa, salsa music.  

Arturo Fuente Anejo: This more-than-significantly-spicy cigar can be curbed with saltines and milk.  

Bonus: Scripture Pairings!  

Sometimes excellent reading material is paired with cigars. Here are some Bible verses to read while smoking. In a group setting, these pairings can encourage good fellowship and study: 

Genesis 1 – 50 – Ramon Bueso Genesis

Genesis 2 – Tatiana Mocha Eden

Exodus 26 – The Tabernacle

Job 3:8 and chapter 41 – San Cristobal Revelation Leviathan

1 Samuel 17 – Gurkha Evil Goliath

2 Chronicles 36:23 – Gran Habano Persian King

Psalm 74:14 – San Cristobal Revelation Leviathan

Isaiah 27:1 – San Cristobal Revelation Leviathan

Matthew 2:1-12 – The Wise Man Cigars

Matthew 5:9: RoMa Craft Intemperance BA XXI Breach of the Peace

Luke 23:43 – Heaven Cigars and Cielo Cigars

John 11:25-26 – PIO Resurrection

2 Corinthians 4:18 – Alec Bradley Blind Faith

Galatians 5:22-23 – RoMa Craft Intemperance EC XVIII’s Brotherly Kindness, Faith, Goodness, and Charity  

Philippians 2:3 – RoMa Craft Intemperance EC XVIII Humility

2 Timothy 4:8 – My Father’s The Judge

1 Thessalonians 4:13–18 – Viva Republica Rapture & Rapture Exodus

2 Peter 2:4 – Fallen Angel

Jude 1:6-7 – Fallen Angel

Revelation Intro / 1 – Vegas Apocalypse, San Cristobal Revelation

Revelation 12:3 – San Cristobal Revelation Leviathan

Revelation 13 – Gurkha Beast, San Cristobal Revelation Prophet, 

Revelation 16:16 – Gurkha Rogue Armageddon

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Cigars By the Foot

I have found that the term “FOOT” is one that is often not known even by experienced cigar smokers. However, foot is the technical term for the end of the cigar that you light.

I was talking with some of the CCS crew this week and the term foot came up. It was at this point we realized something. We realized that there are a number of everyday sayings that are begging to be reimagined in light of this revelation.

So here are our suggestions for repurposed sayings that now have a whole new meaning for cigar smokers…

Feet to the Fire: In the rest of the world having your feet to the fire is rarely a good thing, but not for a cigar smoker. For us this is the glorious moment when you first put the cigar foot in the flame. Have you been having a rough day? It’s time to put you feet to the fire!

Putting Your Foot in Your Mouth: It’s never pleasant to put one’s foot in one’s mouth, but in the cigar world this is even more true. There are two ways to put your foot in you mouth in the cigar world. The first is merely embarrassing. We have all seen that newbie with the deer in headlights look, so bewildered he doesn’t know what end of the cigar to light. You don’t want to be that guy, but at least least it is only unpleasant for your feelings. The real hazard is picking up the cigar you are smoking without paying attention and putting the wrong end in your mouth. At this point all you can do is pray it’s not hot! Word of advice here for everyone, be careful when smoking somewhere dark like around a campfire (not that I’m speaking from personal experience or anything).

Hand and Foot: In the rest of the world it is usually nice to be served on hand and foot, and although it’s not as bad as putting your foot in your mouth, you don’t want to go hand and foot with a cigar. This would mean picking up your cigar by the wrong end when it is lit. Sadly, it usually results in a dropped cigar. Happily, it is usually fun for your friends who get to watch you do it.

Foot Fungus: Okay, so this one is just gross. No one wants fungus in their socks, but real cigar aficionados might prefer to find something growing between their toes, than to find something growing on their best cigars. A little tip on this one don’t over do it in your humidor.

Foot Fetish: Before you start to feel too uncomfortable this one has a really different meaning when talking about cigars. A cigar smoker with a foot fetish is that guy that is never quite happy with how the foot of his cigar is burning. He is always re-lighting, adjusting, and fidgeting with his cigar. This guy is usually annoying but it could be worse, he could be talking about the other kind of foot fetish.

Starting Off on the Right Foot: We all know and love when this happens. Starting off on the right foot is when you pick that perfect cigar to start the evening and you know it as soon as you take that first puff.

Wrong Footed: In many ways the opposite of starting off on the right foot, this is when you know you picked a crap stick as soon as it is lit. Feeling wrong footed can range from being a minor inconvenience to ruining an entire evening.

Two Left Feet: This one may not be immediately obvious but it is when you light up the same type cigar twice in a row. This usually means either your stick was treating you so right you had to have another, or your options are limited, or both.

Happy Feet: This is that moment in the middle of the evening when it dawns on you, you really, really love this cigar.

Cold Feet: Simple and straight forward this is when your cigar goes out.

Dragging Your Feet: We have most likely all done this one. It is when the end of your cigar accidentally rubs against something and gets ash everywhere.

Foot in the Door: This one is really sad, it happens when you are careless and close your humidor or herf-a-dor on a stick. It can also happen if someone sits on or steps on a cigar. Just don’t do that guys! It’s a huge party foul, and no one wants to take your man card away. Unless of course it was an Acid, in which case you most likely had to turn in your man card when you bought the thing.

Putting Your Foot Down: This is that melancholy moment at the end of the night when you stamp out your cigar in the ash tray. (Quick aside on this, we actually recommend that you just let the stub go out naturally, stamping it out is not technically what you are suppose to do).

Foot Loose: You might like the movie, but for a cigar guy this is no good. This is when the foot end of the cigar starts to unravel or split.

Put Your Best Foot Forward: This is when someone wants to impress his friends or those they are smoking with by breaking out their best cigar.

Thinking on Your Feet: This one is best done alone. It is when you stare a the glow at the end of your cigar and the curling of the smoke and begin to reflect on something deeper. Akin to staring into a fire, I am convinced that some of the best ideas in history have happened when a cigar smoker is thinking on their feet.

So that’s my list. If you can think of any to add pop over to the discussion board and let us know about them.

Thanks for taking the time to consider how to use our new cigar phrases. Do us a favor use these terms often and proudly.

This is Pastor Smokey, hoping that this has been enlightening even after the smoke clears.

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An Appreciation for the Flag of the Dominican Republic

There’s more to appreciate the Dominican Republic than its fine cigars.  

Dominican Republic FlagOn a recent trip to the Dominican Republic (DR), I visited with friends who are missionaries in the Santiago area. My friend Toby showed me the DR flag, which contains many admirable qualities.

My favorite feature of the flag is the Bible in the middle of the banner. My good friend told me that the DR flag is the only national flag containing an open Bible. Moreover, I learned that in the Dominican’s constitution that this Bible is open to John 8:32, which reads “Y conoceréis la verdad, y la verdad os libertará,” which in English reads, “And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (ESV).  

The words on the DR’s flag, “Dios,” “Patria,” and “Libertad” mean “God,” “Fatherland,” and “Freedom.” Apparently, the founding fathers of the DR valued all three of these.   

dr-flag-middleMy prayer is that the people of the DR value their freedom. Mostly, I pray that Dominicans and everyone — in every nation — come to realize the truth of where true freedom is found: In Jesus Christ!

In the same context, Jesus said, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who practices sin is a slave to sin. The slave does not remain in the house forever; the Son remains forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed” (John 8:34-36, ESV). John also recounts Jesus’ words to His disciples when He said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6, ESV). 

A Review of Three Reviews of the Flavor of a Single Cigar

In my cigar-smoking circles, the conversation of the flavor of a cigar becomes the topic of discussion. Most of my friends confess that they do not have the palate to be a cigar reviewer. While most of them can speak to the strength and spiciness of the cigar, they cannot necessarily detect the particular flavors, such as “earthy,” “woody,” and “buttery,” for example.  

Instead, they (like most cigar smokers) base their opinion of the cigar solely on how much they like it. They may prefer particular strengths, wrappers, sizes, etc. When they read reviews regarding flavor, though, they admit that they cannot taste what many reviewers describe. Most of my friends say, “If it simply tastes good to me, that’s what matters!”

This type of discussion led me to do a little research on how reviewers rate and describe the flavor of cigars. I began by reading reviews of the cigar I was smoking at the time. One objective was to see if I could detect the flavors of the particular cigar as I read the review. The cigar I was smoking was the Gran Habano Connecticut #1.  

Three Reviews of the Same Cigar

The three reviews I read were from Fine Tobacco NYC, Toasted Foot, and Leaf Enthusiast (hereafter referred to as FTN, TF, and LE). I was surprised at how each reviewer described the same cigar.  

This blog focuses purely on how the reviewer described the cigar in terms of its taste. You can read their articles to learn more about what they say regarding aesthetics, pre-light, burn, etc.  

Sweet, Buttery, Salty, Wheat and Hops, Pepper Spice, and Grassy . . .

Reviewers typically describe the flavor of the cigar in thirds, noting the different characteristics as they smoke the cigar. For example, FTN used describes the first third of the smoke as a “beautiful buttery bread foreground flavor” and a “deliciously salty retrohale that perfectly complements the bread & butter of the foreground.”

cigarLE, however, describes the beginning of the smoke as “a bit of an off note that was almost chemical in nature. There was a mild sweetness to the proceedings, along with wood and grass flavor, and the slightest bit of pepper spice on the palate. Notes of pepper . . . .”

TF: “Up front is wheat and hops, a sweet cardboard, and a dry texture; there is a thick feel on the aftertaste that is burnt.”

Okay, now I’m a little confused. Three professionals were reviewing the same cigar, but giving very different descriptions of its flavor. One uses adjectives such as “buttery” and “salty retrohale,” while others use “wood and grass flavor.” Sweet seems to be a consistent adjective, yet one reviewer mentions a slight bit of pepper taste.  

FTN describes the second third of the Gran Habano as a “sweet spice essence, which also provides an enriching contrast to the salt.” “The dryness lessens,” describes TF, “and a sweet cedar arrives, but it is too late to create an above average experience.” LE referred to the “citrus and grassy notes were most prominent, with slight earth and pepper coming in behind” in the second third of the stick. 

On to the final third. “As the sweet spice and the salt begin to fight each other for control of the retrohale, the butter in the background begins to slightly reassert itself into the soured foreground” notes FTN. However, LE describes the final taste as the “cedar flavor made a comeback, mixing with the grassy notes. Citrus and sweetness dropped significantly in the flavor profile.”

“Sweet” seems to be a theme throughout the reviews. Other than that, the contrast in flavor descriptions 

If it Tastes Good . . .

One of the three reviews made more sense to me than the others, which was Leaf Enthusiast. LE’s David Jones description of the cigar most described what I thought I was tasting.

I wonder, however, what others would think after reading these reviews. Would one review make more sense to them than the others?  

Regardless, I must agree with my buddies, who say, “If it simply tastes good to me, that’s what matters!”

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El Jefe’s Helpful Hints: Cigar Lighting Tips

Hello.  I’m El Jefe, and I’m here to help you.  This article promises to wow you beyond your wildest imagination as you learn some critical cigar lighting tips.  

While writing this blog post, I am smoking a well-lit PDR Capa Maduro that I purchased at House of Cigar in Cincinnati.  

Not only will this article help you save time and enjoy a cigar, but it will help you to not look like a lunatic. Rather, you will impress others with your skills in lighting your stick.  You will begin an evening of relaxation with a fine cigar along with friends and great conversation. It begins with a proper light. Here are some important tips:

1. Cut the cigar.  First, you need proper airflow through the entire cigar.  You create this by cutting the uncut end of the cigar, using one of several methods (i.e. a bullet cut). Attempting to suck air through a cigar with restricted airflow really _____.  (I couldn’t think of an adjective that describes how horrible it would be if you were trying to draw/suck air when restricted, so think of one yourself).  

2.  Light the proper end of the cigar.  Really!  One sure sign of an amateur cigar smoker is revealed when the smoker lights the wrong end.  Light the end that is opposite the cap. This is called the “foot” of the cigar. Don’t light the end you just cut (the cap). In most cases, the end you light is opposite the end of the ring.  Bonus tip: Don’t light the middle of the cigar. Also, like a candle, don’t burn the cigar at both ends. Here’s an illustration of where to light the stick:

3.  Toast it, like a marshmallow.  The cigar should be near the flame but not directly touching it.  If you directly touch the cigar to the flame, however, this will not ruin the cigar.  Indirect contact, though, will help keep the cigar from getting too hot, resulting in a more enjoyable smoke.  Hold the cigar at a 45 degree angle very close to the flame, but not touching it. Toast the cigar until it smolders, then start drawing while rotating the stick. Bonus tip: rotate it counter-clockwise with your left hand. Or don’t. Either works.

4.  Use a good lighter that contains good fuel.  Don’t use a candle, a petrol lighter, a bonfire, or a blowtorch. Instead, use wooden matches, a torch lighter or a lighter that contains butane.  Bonus tip: adjust the flame before lighting the cigar. If your eyebrows are missing after lighting the cigar and you look like a smoking seal, you had the flame adjusted too high. You don’t want to look like Uncle Leo when he lost his eyebrows. Hello!

5. Practice patience. William Shakespeare wrote, “How poor are they that have not patience! What wound did ever heal but by degrees?” I don’t know what he meant by that, but I do have a general knowledge of patience is, and once and a great while, I practice it. When smoking a cigar, you will not always get a perfect light, and in some cases, may have to light the cigar several times. It may or may not be your fault if the cigar goes out often or canoes. Repeat the process as needed.

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“Biblical” Cigars

Or, cigars with Biblical names, that is! Thanks to CCS’s contributor CigarBenjy for starting the list. Add to the list or comment on our discussion board.

The Tabernacle
Gurkha Rogue Armageddon
Gurkha Beast
Angel’s Anvil
5 Vegas Apocalypse
5 Vegas Apostle
Gurkha Evil
Gurkha Evil Goliath
Black Label Trading Company Salvation
Ramon Bueso Genesis
Carlos Toraño Exodus
San Cristobal Revelation
San Cristobal Revelation Prophet
San Cristobal Revelation Leviathan
Punch Diablo
-RoMa Craft Intemperance EC XVIII Brotherly Kindness
-RoMa Craft Intemperance EC XVIII Faith
-RoMa Craft Intemperance EC XVIII Goodness
-RoMa Craft Intemperance EC XVIII Charity
-RoMa Craft Intemperance EC XVIII Humility
-RoMa Craft Intemperance EC XVIII Virtue
Alec Bradley Blind Faith
My Father The Judge
Heaven Cigars (flavored)
Cielo Cigars
Oliva Hellion
Viva Republica Rapture & Rapture Exodus
Ave Maria Holy Grail
Drew Estate Smoking Monk
Curivari Achilles Eternos
The Wise Man Cigars
Tatiana Mocha Eden
Fallen Angel
PIO Resurrection
Gran Habano Persian King
Atabey Spiritus

Our New Logo!

Introducing the new ChristianCigarSmoker logo!

Every good organization needs a quality logo, and we are proud to debut ours today. Look for this logo to start to be seen more around the website. And in future, we hope to see this logo on some merch that will be available through the website. If that is something you are interested in, please be patient with us. We want to make sure to bring you a quality product at a good price when we are able.

About the logo:

Most of the logo is self-explanatory. However, if you are unfamiliar with the fish, it is called an ichthus and has been a longstanding symbol for Christ followers. If you feel putting a cigar in its mouth is disrespectful. Well, to be blunt, this is probably not the website for you!

Here is some info taken from Wikipedia giving some good detail on the Ichthus symbol:

The ichthys or ichthus, from the Greek ikhthýs (ἰχθύς 1st cent. AD Koine Greek [ikʰˈtʰys], “fish”) is a symbol consisting of two intersecting arcs, the ends of the right side extending beyond the meeting point so as to resemble the profile of a fish. The symbol was adopted by early Christians as a secret symbol. It is now known colloquially as the “sign of the fish” or the “Jesus fish“.

Origin: the first appearances of the ichthys symbol in Christian art and literature date to the 2nd century AD. The symbol’s use among Christians had become popular by the late 2nd century, and its use spread widely in the 3rd and 4th centuries. In the early Church, the Ichthys symbol held “the most sacred significance”, and Christians used it to recognize churches and other believers through this symbol because they were persecuted by the Roman Empire. The Ichthys symbol is also a reference to “the Holy Eucharist, with which the miracle of the multiplication of the loaves and fishes had such intimate connection both in point of time and significance.” While many Christians hang a cross necklace or rosary inside their vehicles, “the fish sticker on the car is a more conscious symbol of a witnessing Christian—significantly, unlike the former, it is on the outside of the car for everyone to see”.

We hope you like our new logo as much as we do!

This is Pastor Smokey praying you all are encouraged in pursuing the glory of God, before and after the smoke clears.

Have a Cigar this Christmas!

Is smoking a cigar really a genuine way of honoring the true and biblical meaning of Christmas? YES!

I admit that when most people think about Christmas celebrations they don’t think of cigar smoking first, or even at all. However, I would like to put forward an argument that having a cigar on Christmas is not only a great way to celebrate. It is in fact, an act that can point to the true biblical meaning of Christmas.

First here are a few of the lesser reasons:

Christmas really is, in part, about being thankful for your family and friends. Please understand, I don’t mean this is the cheesy Hallmark way. However, Christmas is a celebration of God’s great gift of his physical presence with his people in Jesus. Jesus came, intentionally into a family context and gives us a great understanding of community and how much God values both family and community. For most cigar smokers nothing exemplifies quality time with people we love more than slowing down, smoking a cigar, and enjoying the company of great people.

Christmas is also a reminder that God loves his creation so much he decided to physically enter into it. I think it is fitting to take time to appreciate Gods creation even in its broken state. Again, a cigar is a great way to do this. Not only can take time to slow down with a cigar and look around us, but a cigar itself is part of God’s glorious creation. Not an over processed product, but a simple part of nature. (And no that’s not an argument in favor of pot, mind altering substances are a completely different conversation).

The main reason for having a cigar on Christmas:

The true biblical reason for Christmas is to celebrate the coming of our savior Jesus Christ. We remember not only all that Christ has done for us, but also how he decided to come. He came as a baby, and so we remember and celebrate the greatest baby ever born. And what is the most famous traditional way we celebrate the birth of a baby throughout our cultures history?

That’s Right! Smoking a cigar!

The tradition of a child’s father celebrating the birth of his new born child with friends and family has dropped off somewhat in recent years. In part because smoking in hospitals is kinda frowned upon in world of modern medicine, for some reason. However, before hospitals were widely available, childbirth took place at home, with (hopefully) the help of a doctor on call. In the old days, men waited in another room while the messy business of having a baby was handled by his wife and a medical professional or midwife. Being in labor isn’t exactly a quick and easy process, and a cigar could really help pass the time. Celebrating dads would also often gather with friends in the parlor of the house and pass out cigars to light up once the baby was born.

Some claim it goes even further back, tracing the tradition to American Indians who exchanged gifts to celebrate the birth of a child during the “potlatch” ceremony, in which a primitive cigar was among the most prized of offerings.

So this Christmas why not celebrate the birth of God’s son with the time honored tradition of smoking a quality cigar with family and friends. Hey, maybe you even want to light up on of those “it’s a boy” sticks just to drive the point home.

(A quick side note here, if you think smoking an “it’s a girl” cigar is a clever artistic statement in opposition to the historical patriarchy and gender normativity. You are not cool and edgy, you are an annoying ass-hat. Also, more than likely you going to find a lot of stuff on this site challenging. That being said we are glad you are here, and hope this broadens your perspective.)

 

Seasons Greetings:

In conclusion, I hope you had a wonderful Christmas! And that you had the opportunity to celebrate our glorious God with family and friends. I hope you consider new ways of enjoying reflecting on the true meaning of Christmas in the future, whether that is with a cigar or another tradition.

On behalf of the ChristianCigarSmoker guys, this is Pastor Smokey wishing you a very merry Christmas!

A Note of Joy

The following is a semi-poetic bit of writing that I did about a decade ago. I wrote it while smoking cigars with a friend and room-mate at the time. It was in part inspired by the cigars, and speaks to the Joy in life that I seem to find so often with good friends and a good cigar.

With a Note of Joy

The draw of a cello string, just one, slow and soft, but strong like a loving father’s guiding hand. The rich resonance of a cello is his joy in me as the day is birthed. A joy neither loud nor flamboyant, yet deep and powerful an age-ad river of great depth who’s complex eddies and currents move ardently onward, the flow of joy both peaceful and relentless. With a note, he calls to me, a call of security and loving familiarity. With the draw of a cello string, my father’s spirit bids me rise to go forth in his name.

The rising voices of violins, slowly gathering as they approach the brink of symphony, like a man upon the precipice. The song of singing violins is his joy in me as I prepare to serve. A joy bursting of hope and promise, bringing a spring to the heart. A spring whose doors are flung wide to new worlds, to be astounded by the beauty of horizons never before dreamed of. The strings give me a taste of more, a promise of the symphony to come. With the song of singing violins, my father’s spirit bids me experience the adventure in his care.

The strum of a guitar, distorted and brutal as it finds its groove, like a soldier with force it compels. The surge of the guitar is his joy in me as I suffer for his sake. A joy rooted deeper than any happiness, founded on his rock. The foundations support a joy that fortifies a castle whose citadels cast a strong light into the darkness. The groove’s sound is an inspiration it speaks of power. Its warm reverberation keeps all chill from the heart. With the surge of the guitar, my father’s spirit bids me carry on in the face of all his enemies.

The ring of a flute, quick and solo like a bird rejoicing at the wonder of his flight.  The twitter of the flute is his joy in me as his blessings overflow. A joyful of exhalation like a dance of wild abandon, all reservations thrown aside spinning fervently through long grass with a heart as light as air. I revel in this joy’s music, frolicking in the glow of glory. With the twitter of the flute, my father’s spirit bids me come and dance and overflow in love.

The draw of a cello string, just one, slow and soft, but strong like the taste of a single malt. The rich resonance of a cello is his joy in me as the day runs down to dusk.  A joy neither loud nor flamboyant, yet deep and powerful an old man’s sigh at the end of work well done. A joy seen in the embers of a dying fire, felt in worn leather of a chair, smelled in the fragrance of a pipe and heard in the note of a cello string. It whispers soft fulfillment in my ear. With the draw of a cello string, my father’s spirit bids me come and rest in loving arms.