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Have a lovely, gracious Christmas [Dec. 25th, 2011|12:33 pm]
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Even if you don't celebrate it. In which case, have a lovely, gracious day anyway.

Though I am not of the Christian persuasion, I still love this day for the celebration of family and friends that it is. A long history of winter feasts predates Christmas by millennia. It was a time to welcome back the return of the sun, the lengthening of days that signified that a new spring would be coming, and with it life renewed.

Is it any wonder that the early church chose this holiday as the perfect place to celebrate the birth of their god? The coming of the sun/son already had an established history from which to work. Bless those Romans, they were the best at vacuuming up local culture and using it to their advantage.

For me, the celebration of Christmas is a wonderful time to enjoy family and reach out to those less fortunate. Looking upon the most classic of Christmas stories, Dicken's "A Christmas Carol." one can see that, while there is much talk of kindness and generosity, there is no real talk about Jesus. It's not a Christian story; it's a human story. A tale of how our humanity is impacted by our interaction with the world.

For me, today will be a day of family and friends, of feasting and laughter. The fruited bread is rising, the fire is roaring, and a leisurely morning will soon give way to excited children and chattering adults. We will deep-fry the turkey that's currently brining, cook the ham and the rolls and the potatoes. Everyone will come to the table to feast.

So whether you are feasting with family, taking in a day of movies and Chinese food, or just hanging out, I wish you the best of the day, and a happy final week of 2011.

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[User Picture]From: fabricdragon
2011-12-25 06:31 pm (UTC)
chinese food. YEAH! i can has chinese food!!!!

pneumonia sucks. not allowed to go anywhere.

happy holidays!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2011-12-25 06:38 pm (UTC)
I hope your recovery is swift. Why can't you go anywhere? When I had it, the doc didn't tell me to stay home.
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[User Picture]From: fabricdragon
2011-12-25 10:10 pm (UTC)
well,
1 i am contagious
2. the only place i usually go on xmas is to visit my family and wayne's family... and my parents at least are very high risk and CANNOT be exposed...(heart and diabetes and prior stroke and rheumatoid arthritis affecting the lungs)
3. we are both so exhausted that even going upstairs wipes us out
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2011-12-26 12:04 am (UTC)
Wow, contagious? I didn't think pneumonia was contagious. Feel better!!
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[User Picture]From: fabricdragon
2011-12-26 12:11 am (UTC)
if its bacterial or viral pneumonia.. very.
thats why they have a vaccine for pneumonia (hubby gets it because he is high risk with asthma and diabetes)

if its aspiration pneumonia, from getting liquid in your lungs, its not contagious.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2011-12-26 02:07 am (UTC)
You learn something new every day!
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[User Picture]From: phillipalden
2011-12-25 06:32 pm (UTC)
Happy Holidays/Merry Christmas to you and that other guy ;-)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2011-12-25 06:38 pm (UTC)
And to you and yours, as well!
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From: anonymousalex
2011-12-25 06:56 pm (UTC)
Have a lovely, happy Christmas (and be careful with that turkey fryer). Hope to see some pictures of the fruited bread later.

-Alex


Edited at 2011-12-25 06:57 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2011-12-26 12:01 am (UTC)
We are very careful with it, believe me!
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From: anonymousalex
2011-12-26 12:53 am (UTC)
I've been a huge proponent of brining turkeys since the first time we did one that way. Never fried, though; it's too scary for me. Though I'd love to try one sometime.

-Alex
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2011-12-26 02:00 am (UTC)
It was the best turkey I've ever tasted. Juicy and flavorful. Fabulous!
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From: anonymousalex
2011-12-26 05:40 am (UTC)
Having over-turkeyed at Thanksgiving, we went the ham route. And now we're over-hammed. Happily over-hammed.

-Alex
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[User Picture]From: mariadkins
2011-12-25 08:47 pm (UTC)
merry christmas!!

i've had our turkey in the crockpot since 9am and am getting ready to start on the rest of it. friends and their newborn are coming over later, and i'm going to put a pumpkin pie and an apple pie in the oven. right now i'm generally driving the cat insane by cleaning and vacuuming the apartment - and preston gave me a stern lecture about how even though he knows i do a general clean on sundays, one isn't supposed to clean on christmas. LOLOL
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2011-12-26 02:04 am (UTC)
Not working on Christmas is a mythology. We cooked all day! We had a good time, but I'm exhausted!
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[User Picture]From: mariadkins
2011-12-26 06:49 pm (UTC)
sounds like y'all had a great day, though, and that's what counts, right? we had a blast. our friends got here around 7 and went home around 2. i'd forgotten, but we'd done that last christmas, too, and we all agreed this is a tradition we'd all like to keep. too, when they all start larping again, i get to keep the baby! :squee!:
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[User Picture]From: ba1126
2011-12-25 10:44 pm (UTC)
Glad to hear you're having a happy celebration! Merry Christmas! (in keeping with the situation).
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2011-12-26 02:05 am (UTC)
Wishing you the best, too!
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[User Picture]From: veedub
2011-12-26 05:52 am (UTC)
happy xmas!!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2011-12-26 06:00 am (UTC)
Thanks, and you too!
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