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El Jefe Goes to Little Havana

Tips for a Smoke-Filled Festivus

We at Christian Cigar Smoker love Christmas, and we certainly do not hate “all the commercial and religious aspects of Christmas,” so we gladly take advantage of any reason to get together and smoke cigars. We’re not making up any new holidays but taking advantage of a more contemporary holiday to give us a reason to light up our premium hand-rolled cigars: Festivus.  

I’m El Jefe, and I’m here to help you. Celebrate Festivus correctly this year. I will show you how to do so because I have hosted not one but two Festivus cigar events! That makes me an expert. I will not take this time to explain the history or meaning behind the Festivus Holiday. Instead, you can watch season nine, episode ten of Seinfeld, The Strike (Why wasn’t the episode called “Festivus”?  Really, Jerry and Larry?). 

Tips for The Airing of Grievances

Got a lot of problems with you people? The cigar lounge is the perfect place to properly air one’s grievances with your friends, family, and peers while letting them know how much they have disappointed you during the past year.  

So as not to overdo it or overly offend someone, make sure you have smoked at least one cigar before the Airing of Grievances. This practice will give you time for quiet reflection and a sense of calm before you let loose. It will also help you “speak the truth in love” and adequately convey your grievances. In doing so, you will be able to convey your complaints properly. It will also help you avoid the Frank Constanza error of losing your train of thought.  

Cigar and Meatloaf Pairing Tips

If you celebrate Festivus with the traditional meatloaf on a bed of lettuce, make sure you properly pair your cigar to maximize your experience. I suggest a medium-bodied cigar before the meal. 

Throughout the festivity, and while eating your meatloaf, I suggest smoking 3-4 cigars, consisting of a Connecticut, Corojo, Habano, or a Maduro wrapper. Choose a size ranging from a petite corona to a double corona.  

If you’re breaking tradition and not eating meatloaf, I suggest smoking 3-4 cigars, consisting of a Connecticut, Corojo, Habano, or a Maduro wrapper. Choose a size ranging from a petite corona to a double corona.    

Tips for the Feats of Strength

If you are honored with participating in the tradition of the Feats of Strength, practice common courtesy by putting down your cigar before competing. We’re not barbarians; we’re cigar smokers!

Limited room at the cigar lounge? If there is no room to wrestle at your lounge, or you’re practicing social distancing, you can substitute the activity with another. Our Festivus celebration in 2019 featured a father/son thumb wrestling match. You can also arm wrestle or have a staring contest. 

Safety Tips

Don’t allow your Festivus celebration to end in injury. Sometimes we get carried away overeating meatloaf or getting worked up when airing grievances. Don’t get too full on meatloaf. Don’t forget to not inhale your cigar. Arrive safely and leave safely. If need be, designate a driver. 

Indeed, you need to avoid Festivus pole accidents. Every year, nearly three people sustain injuries related to improper Festivus pole installation. Since the inception of Festivus, over ten people have sustained ankle and knee injuries from sliding down Festivus poles; it is not a firehouse pole. Don’t become another statistic! Remember also that the Festivus pole should be constructed of aluminum, which has a very high strength-to-weight ratio. 

If participating in the Feats of Strength, always remember that even if we’re not living in the time of a pandemic, it is always best practice to wear a mask. Wash your hands both before and after the Feats. 

Tips for Celebrating the True Spirit of Festivus

There is a time for every season under heaven—a time for airing grievances and a time for practicing kindness. Therefore, in the spirit of Festivus, let us not only tell others how much they have disappointed us but let them know how they may, at times, lack being so horrible.  

Go easier on others. For just one day out of the year, when you are smoking your premium handmade cigars, don’t poke fun at those who smoke machine-made or infused cigars. Set aside your differences as you smoke with the lowly and uninformed.  

Don’t ridicule those who sniff the cigar through the cellophane. Don’t let out a loud sigh of disgust when someone uses a bullet cut on a torpedo cigar. Don’t lie to the new cigar smoker, telling him that it is customary to inhale cigars on Festivus.  

Also, to maximize your Festivus Cigar Smoking Event, invite your friends to form a circle around the Festivus Pole and sing a carol. I wrote a new song to the tune of Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree, entitled Smokin’ Around the Festivus Pole, which can be viewed here.  

Enjoy your smoke-filled Festivus this year!

Smokin’ Around The Festivus Pole

Those of you celebrating Festivus with fellow cigar connoisseurs may be wondering why there aren’t many good Festivus carols out there.

I’m El Jefe, and I’m here to help you.  I wrote the following lyrics to Smokin’ Around the Festivus Pole.  It is (obviously) to be sung to the tune of Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree.  If you have any suggestions for lyric changes, additions, or feel the need to air some grievances about said lyrics, feel free to do so in our discussion panel.

Smokin’ Around the Festivus Pole, by El Jefe

Smokin’ Around The Festivus Pole
At our local cigar lounge
Smoke is filling the atmosphere
Connoisseurs everywhere

Smokin’ Around The Festivus Pole
The airing of grievances
Later we’ll have some meatloaf pie
Then we’ll have the feats of strength

You will get a sentimental feeling when you smell
We’re retro haling, let’s be jolly
Light ‘em up, or you’ll be sorry!
Smokin’ Around The Festivus Pole
It’s a Festivus miracle!
Corojos, Maduros, Puros and more
A holiday Opus X

You will get a sentimental feeling when you puff
We’re retro haling, let’s be jolly
Light ‘em up, or you’ll be sorry!
Smokin’ Around The Festivus Pole
At our local cigar lounge
Smoke is filling the atmosphere
Connoisseurs everywhere

Related:  Tips for A Smoke-Filled Festivus

 

ChristianCigarSmoker is Now on Facebook!

Check-out and like the ChristianCigarSmoker Facebook page!

https://www.facebook.com/ChristianCigarSmoker/

We just launched the page and we will be feature some great new content on the platform. As we grow and add more original content this will be a great way to stay connected with us. Here are some of the new features that will be available on the Facebook page:

  • Weekly “What We’re Smoking” Segment: this will be a weekly facebook live update letting you know what is going on at ChristianCigarSmoker.
  • A new way to interact with us and one another in addition to the discussion forum.
  • Posts and repost of reviews and other articles that will interact with cigar companies and individuals within the industry.

Stay tuned for more great ChristianCigarSmoker content and features!

Court Blocks FDA Product Approval Requirements for Premium Cigars

Great News for the cigar industry! Here is the news alert posted by Cigar Rights of America and the Premium Cigar Association:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, in the case of Cigar Association of America, the Premium Cigar Association (“PCA”), and Cigar Rights of America (“CRA”) v. United States Food and Drug Administration et al., Judge Amit P. Mehta of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ruled in favor for the premium cigar industry and against the FDA. The Court held that the FDA – in the Final Deeming Rule – completely mishandled the important question of how premium cigars should proceed through the premarket review process. The Court concluded that the FDA failed to engage in “reasoned decision-making” regarding premium cigars, in violation of federal law. According to the Court, the FDA’s “incorrect and conclusory assertion that its hands were tied” in response to the premium cigar industry’s requests for a more tailored regulatory review process “was arbitrary.”

Accordingly, the FDA enjoined application of the premarket review requirements until the agency goes back and addressed the important questions regarding premium cigars ignored in the Final Deeming Rule. Premium cigar manufacturers will not have to file for premarket approval by the September 9th, 2020. The Court relayed upon a definition of premium cigar utilized by the FDA in an August 5, 2020 filing:

    a cigar that: (1) is wrapped in whole tobacco leaf; (2) contains a 100 percent leaf tobacco binder; (3) contains at least 50 percent (of the filler by weight) long filler tobacco (i.e., whole tobacco leaves that run the length of the cigar); (4) is handmade or hand rolled (i.e., no machinery was used apart from simple tools, such as scissors to cut the tobacco prior to rolling); (5) has no filter, nontobacco tip, or nontobacco mouthpiece; (6) does not have a characterizing flavor other than tobacco; (7) contains only tobacco, water, and vegetable gum with no other ingredients or additives; and (8) weighs more than 6 pounds per 1,000 units.”

The definition is endorsed by PCA and CRA and will provide relief to most products sold at premium cigar retail stores and lounges. Notably the definition does not include a price minimum, flavors, or cigars that are machine manufactured.

“This is another monumental victory for the premium cigar industry. We congratulate our legal team, led by Mike Edney of Steptoe & Johnson, on an important victory that protects the livelihood of PCA members across the country. This comes on the heels of legal victories striking down warning labels for premium cigars. Both our retail members and associate members provided important strategy and guidance in our legal, legislative, and regulatory appeals to define premium cigars and showcase their distinctiveness from the courts to Capitol Hill.” says Scott Pearce PCA Executive Director.

Glynn Loope, executive director of CRA, stated upon the release of the opinion, “Judge Mehta’s opinion is a testament to the virtue of the public comments filed over the years with the FDA by our industry alliance, consumer messaging and the Administration pressure and Congressional advocacy brought out by our collective lobbying efforts. FDA failed to not only respond to these comments, but also to recognize the suggestions made to address the fairness of the proposed regulations. The efforts of the advocacy strategies initiated by CRA and PCA served as the foundation for this decision, proving that you always have to carry your message to both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue, and the courthouse that sits in the middle.”

The New ChristianCigarSmoker Poster

Checkout the New ChristianCigarSmoker Poster Above!

This poster is designed for distribution to cigar lounges around the country. These posters can be paired with our ChristianCigarSmoker business cards (pictured below)

If you are interested in getting some of these materials for yourself, you can email Doug at pastorsmokey@christiancigarsmoker.com.

Introducing Cigar Lounge Reviews

Cigar Lounge Reviews are Coming to ChristianCigarSmoker!

Starting next Tuesday, March 17, we will begin publishing cigar lounge reviews. We will also be launching a directory page that will list all of our reviews by state and city. You will be able to view the full review of a lounge by clicking on the name on the list, and you will be able to view all of the great info our reviews offer to help you find your next great lounge to hang out at.

In the future we will be publishing lounge reviews on Tuesdays. Unlike, our cigar reviews in “The Monday Review” we will not put out a lounge review every week (it’s just not sustainable). To make up for that we will be having our own Super Tuesday next week. Yes, I know for the general public Super Tuesday was last week, but for ChristianCigarSmoker it will be next week. We will be releasing at least 10 initial lounge reviews from around the country.

We are looking forward to bringing you more quality content at ChristianCigarSmoker, and we hope you enjoy this feature as much as we do. Thank you for being a part of the community and conversation here at ChristianCigarSmoker!

Introducing “The Monday Review”

Cigar Reviews are Coming to ChristianCigarSmoker!

Starting next Monday, March 16th, ChristianCigarSmoker will start publishing cigar reviews. We will be publishing a new cigar review every Monday in a piece called “The Monday Review”. We will also be launching a directory page that will list all of our reviews by the cigar maker. Each entry will be linked to that cigars full review. Over time this will become a full list of many different cigars.

We are looking forward to bringing you more quality content at ChristianCigarSmoker. You can look forward to a fresh review every Monday from now on. Our rating system will be comprehensive and provide all the information, ratings, and review commentary you want in a good cigar review.

Thank you for being a part of the community and conversation here at ChristianCigarSmoker!

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.