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Christmas Eve Traditions…

December 24, 2013
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Ubiquitous – definition: present, exiting or being everywhere, esp. at the same time

Xmas Eve

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:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/december/24

http://learning.blogs.nytimes.com/on-this-day/December-24/

http://www1.sympatico.ca/cgi-bin/on_this_day?mth=Dec&day=24

What are your traditions for this day?

One thing I miss dreadfully is proper Christmas pudding…it is just delicious!

Xmas Pud

Where’s Your Happy Place..?

June 5, 2013
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Halcyon – definition: calm : tranquil : peaceful : happy

Where is your happy place?

treed

With spring in full flow here on the prairie’s, the trees have burst forth with waxy new leaves, the bird’s are busy building nests and evening’s can be spent on the deck. From my writing desk I can view through the front and back of the house onto the acreage so I am surrounded by nature – perfect. Gone are the stark grey and black birch tree trunks of the winter months. Squirrels scamper about, woodpeckers are busy drumming, and butterflies flutter. There are flashes of bushy tails  and vibrant wings against the green foliage. The air is full of bird song and croaking frogs with an evening chorus from the coyotes. Life is abundant.

 

 

New Writing DEsk 003So my happy place is either at my desk with the windows open or on the deck or walking (although the walking has been curbed somewhat with my back problems of late).

As a young child, one of my happy places was actually a small graveyard – bizarre I know, what can I say I was a strange child! I would sit in the quiet stillness underneath a willow tree beside a child’s gravestone. I cannot really explain why I felt so peaceful there but I did. Most of the time I was playing with numerous friends on bicycles, go-karts, building camps in the forest or generally hanging out but sometimes I just needed that peaceful place. Maybe it was because I was the oldest child of four and I wanted some space? Whatever the reason I felt re-charged and calm after visiting my special place.

Now-a-days, I can ‘escape’ into my creative world just as easily and find happiness there but experiencing life is always fun.

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