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I hope everyone out there in on the web had a wonderful Thanksgiving! (OK, those who live in the US anyway) We had a really nice time with our daughter, her hubby, and some of their friends … I laughed more than I have in a long while. πŸ™‚

For me, Thanksgiving is really the beginning of a long holiday season. We do a traditional Thanksgiving (you know turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, veggies, and lots of pie) so pretty much all day is spent in the kitchen cooking with a huge feast at the end of the day. But Friday is the best as it sees the distribution of all the Yule/Christmas decorations throughout the front of the house.

I love this time of year. Even the folks who get so focused on “things” and get nasty with everyone around them can’t bring me down, though I do wish there was a way to make them all “get it” (and I don’t go shopping at brick and mortar shops anymore because of it). To me, Yule and Christmas are about magic and wonder. The whole idea of Santa and his late night ride delivering goodies to all the little girls and boys is cool beyond words. Yeah, I’m 47 and still am into Santa … so what? Heck, even the folks at NORAD get into Santa, so why not? πŸ˜‰

Having done the Christian thing as a youngster, and now doing the Pagan thing, I think it’s kind of neat that you can celebrate either Yule or Christmas and it really doesn’t seem to matter … both holidays pretty much have the same theme. Yeah, much of the symbolism used by Christmas really are from Yule (trees with pretty baubles, wreaths, the Yule log, and candles for starters) but who cares? It’s the spirit of the holiday that matters … it’s about striving to be better than we “normally” act toward one another.

Regardless of how you choose to celebrate this season, take the spirit of it to heart and treat everyone around you as if they are a beloved family member. It will make the holidays a bit brighter for everyone, including yourself. To quote Kris Kringle from “Miracle on 34th Street”, Christmas isn’t just a day, it’s a frame of mind.

And don’t forget to stop and let the wonder creep in. Such pretty, twinkling lights on the trees … fresh snow (assuming you live in area where you are lucky enough to get some) on the ground … carolers going from house to house … and presents and goodies for all. How could anyone not love this? πŸ˜€

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