If you could pack up and leave on vacation today, where would you be off to?
Considering we are in the depths of a freezing winter here in Alberta, anywhere would appeal to it’s inhabitants, that is warmer than -24!
However, it is no secret I have a favorite place, besides ‘home’ – England, that I would happily live. That place is Rome. It is an enthralling mixture of ancient and modern. Daily life is relaxed, the food and wine delicious and that golden Italian light is magical. The countryside with its winding roads, so like England and the iconic trees, vineyards and terracotta roofed buildings draw me to them. My screen saver at work is a view across the Tuscan countryside. Maybe, I was Italian in a past life and that is the reason I have an affinity with Italy.
I traveled to Florence, Rome and Venice many moons ago and Rome resonated within my soul so deeply I have always been pining to go back. I will go back someday, it is on my bucket list.
View of Rome from Castel Sant’Angelo, Italy.
Where would you go?
Ubiquitous – definition: present, exiting or being everywhere, esp. at the same time
Today is a magical day all over the world. It may mean different things to different people but in the end it is special.
December 24 is the 358th day of the year (359th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are seven days remaining until the end of the year.
Christian Feast Day
Adela and Irmina
Eastern Orthodox liturgics
Christmas Eve (Christianity) and its related observances
Aofangadagskvold, the day when the 13th and the last Yule Lad arrives to towns. (Iceland)
Feast of the Seven Fishes (Italy)
Jul (Denmark, Norway) and (Sweden)
Nochebuena (Spain and Spanish-speaking countries)
The Declaration of Christmas Peace (Old Great Square of Turku, Finland’s official Christmas City)
Independence Day (Libya)
A few links to events on this day in history:
What are your traditions for this day?
One thing I miss dreadfully is proper Christmas pudding…it is just delicious!
Ingurgitate – definition: to swallow greedily or in great quantity, as food
Firstly, a Merry Christmas to you all. I wish you health, wealth, love and flowing words for 2014.
The celebration of the festivities centers mainly around the Christmas Day meal. Traditionally, turkey is the bird of choice although duck, chicken, ham and vegetarian equivalents are among the other options available. Although if you read this link, you can find exceptional offerings : http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-502605/It-serves-125-takes-hours-cook-stuffed-12-different-birds—really-IS-Christmas-dinner.html
This combination in itself would be enough to try and consume without all the trimmings to go with it. I am sure there would be many weeks of sandwiches, crock-pot meals and leftover meals after this one.
So why do we eat to excess at these times? Is it greed, showing off to family and friends, a status symbol of our wealth? Or is it a celebration of abundance we are able to enjoy?
Or a symbol of love for those around us who have made our lives better for being in it?
This last option is the one I believe in, especially now, as I am thousands of miles away from my family. I will treasure the moments with my immediate family on Christmas Day this year. My choice of bird this Christmas is duck.
Take your choice of these explanations or comment on your own thoughts.
This link gives some insight from a British point of view.
What bird are you cooking?
Image from : http://www.acageybee.com/decking-the-halls/145
Synonymous – definition: equivalent in meaning; expressing the same idea.
One of my favorite movies is V for Vendetta – it loosely uses the Guy Fawkes plot to over throw the British government but with a modern twist. The movie is set in England, which has become a fascist state. The hero wears a Guy Fawkes mask due to a terrible disfigurement. He has planned his retribution for decades and a chance meeting helps him free a young woman from her fears. Ultimately, his cause is celebrated by the people of the land.
English people celebrate Guy Fawkes’ failure every 5th November, with an effigy of him set atop a large bonfire and firework displays. Bizarre to some, I dare say, but it is a tradition. If Guy had succeeded in blowing up Parliament in 1605 and murdering King James 1, the history books would read a very different story. Months later there was the introduction of the Observance of 5th November Act, which enforced an annual public day of thanks giving for the failed plot.
Does your state, province, country or region have a curious tradition?
I was given a neat ‘a word a day’ desk calendar for Christmas so will try to share it with you each day. Here’s hoping this lasts with all my other projects for this year!
inchoate (adjective) in-koh-it
Definition: 1. to be in an initial or early stage; just begun. 2. imperfectly formed or formulated
Such an apt word for the start of our New Year, where resolutions, goals and aspirations are foremost in our minds. We hope for many things for ourselves and our loved ones at this time of year but what puzzles me is why this hope does not continue throughout the year? Maybe we should make each month a beginning instead of laying all our aspirations into January?
Make a goal for each month instead, that way we know we can achieve at least twelve goals! I would love you to share your ‘goals’ – it will be fun to compare.
My list goes something like this –
- actively seek freelance work
- revise NaNoWriMo novel into an educational book
- plan a trip to England
- blog more often
- increase my ‘social media’ presence