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Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

 “I heard the bells on Christmas Day
Their old, familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet
The words repeat
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!”

― Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

One of the happiest Christmases I remember was flying home to Canada after spending four months trekking through Europe and North Africa.

I had ended up with a group of eight Canadians and four Americans and we spent Christmas Eve in the Spanish Sahara at a naval base. The next day we were able to fly out to Las Palmas in the Canary Islands. I was out of money and my mom wired me funds to a bank in Las Palmas. By January 5th, I had a flight to Toronto, Canada via New York City, USA. As the jet was touching down in New York, the speakers on the plane came on with: “I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas”. Everyone cheered and clapped.

A few hours later, my brother picked me up at the airport in Toronto and drove me back to our farm in southwestern Ontario. By then it was January 6th, the feast of Epiphany or, as some call it, Little Christmas. My mom still had the Christmas tree up.

I wish you a merry Christmas. I hope you get to spend it with family and friends. If you are in the Northern Hemisphere, I hope you have snow to play in. Wherever you are, I hope you have clear night skies and stars to count. And I hope you have someone who will have a Christmas Tree for you.

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Christmas “Lite”

Christmas “Lite”

On December 1st, we went to the Junior Forest Wardens Christmas tree lot and cut down our tree.

It’s a little “Charlie Brown size” tree and it’s standing in the living room with a star on top. Maybe it will get a string of cranberries in a few days.

We’re trying to do Christmas Lite this year and not go overboard with the decorating and the prep. We’re trying to keep the focus on the Spirit of Christmas, and not the tinsel and trappings. We may or may not succeed…

Do you tend to go overboard with Christmas prep? Does the To Do List get longer and longer? Are there any activities that aren’t really necessary? Are there some traditions that absolutely must happen?

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A Merry Christmas!

A Merry Christmas!

Last night, we had “Christmas Eve” with one of our sons and his girlfriend and their puppy. They’ll be flying to Ontario to spend Christmas with her family. Our other son is working on a rig up north and he’ll be spending Christmas with us in Calgary.
 
May you have all the best of the Season.  And, for your enjoyment, here is one my favourite “spontaneous” songs. Hallelujah!

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