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  posted on 12/5/2006 at 10:06 AM
To start, I usually cannot stand the Holidays. I feel like the Grinch, Scrooge and Mr Potter all rolled into one come the 1st of December. The crass commercialization, mass marketing of the holidays with over emphasis on materialism makes me hang my head with disgust.

But ... last night I fell into the spirit almost by accident. Back in the summer I bought a pup. A little light yellow Lab I named Mango. Every night I walk her before bed. Last night was looking to be no different.

However, it was one of those nights. A crisp December evening in the upper 20's. A bit cloudy with a close to full moon. The air had that quietness about it that it gets right before it snows. Lately, an owl has taken up residence in the woods behind the neighborhood.

Then, there it was. Homes lit up with lights. The owl hooting. My footsteps mixed with Mango's chuffing on her leash. I happened to look up and there were planes flying. It was pretty cool to see the shadows glide along the clouds by the light of the moon.

I'm not sure how long I stood and watched, but for that little bit, I was at peace with it all. And that's what I needed. At least until next year.

If it's not to early ... Happy Holiday's y'all!

 

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  posted on 12/5/2006 at 02:49 PM
I know how you feel! I can't stand all the commercialization that starts earlier and earlier every year. All the displays were up practically before Halloween was over. I don't want to hear nonstop Christmas music on the radio and in the stores in November. It makes me feel like I am behind and running out of time! This year Thanksgiving was early so we were subjected even more. I did the after Thanksgiving shopping (not the early bird craziness) and am starting to get in the holiday spirit. I have decided to practice random acts of kindness to overshadow the greed and commercialism that is everywhere. My church does the Living Christmas story every year and it is this weekend so I will attend that event.
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  posted on 12/5/2006 at 02:57 PM
I hear you lonomon. I hate so much of what has happened to Christmas. I do my shopping on line as much as possible so I can stay away from the stores. I think it's awful that the Christmas displays are already up around Halloween. The merchants may be happy with their money, but it's the things you mentioned that make the holidays and life itself enjoyable. All the money in the world can't buy that. Happy holidays to you.

 

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  posted on 12/5/2006 at 03:10 PM
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To start, I usually cannot stand the Holidays. I feel like the Grinch, Scrooge and Mr Potter all rolled into one come the 1st of December. The crass commercialization, mass marketing of the holidays with over emphasis on materialism makes me hang my head with disgust.

But ... last night I fell into the spirit almost by accident. Back in the summer I bought a pup. A little light yellow Lab I named Mango. Every night I walk her before bed. Last night was looking to be no different.

However, it was one of those nights. A crisp December evening in the upper 20's. A bit cloudy with a close to full moon. The air had that quietness about it that it gets right before it snows. Lately, an owl has taken up residence in the woods behind the neighborhood.

Then, there it was. Homes lit up with lights. The owl hooting. My footsteps mixed with Mango's chuffing on her leash. I happened to look up and there were planes flying. It was pretty cool to see the shadows glide along the clouds by the light of the moon.

I'm not sure how long I stood and watched, but for that little bit, I was at peace with it all. And that's what I needed. At least until next year.

If it's not to early ... Happy Holiday's y'all!




Clarity.

That moment Joseph Campbell wrote about where you 'just are'.

Lovely.

[Edited on 12/5/2006 by TanDan]

 

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  posted on 12/5/2006 at 03:52 PM
I agree with everyone. I happen to love the Christmas season. It is my favorite time of year. That being said, I can not stand how early they start the Christmas hype. Let Thanksgiving pass at least before you start decorating and playing Christmas tunes. I'm hoping they don't ruin it for me. This year I tried to ignore the early hype and stayed away from the department stores. I am starting to get into it though.

Happy Holidays To All !!!!!!!!!!!

And A Happy Mule Year !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  posted on 12/5/2006 at 04:11 PM
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Clarity.

That moment Joseph Campbell wrote about where you 'just are'.

Lovely.


You mean our own Joseph "Red Dog" Campbell?

[Edited on 12/5/2006 by BigDaveOnBass]

 

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  posted on 12/5/2006 at 04:26 PM
I like the Christmas season. Especially the old Rankin-Bass Christmas shows. But try and do my shopping online.
But here is a true Christmas story, I'm sure most of you are familiar with but if not here ya go.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christmas_truce

[Edited on 12/5/2006 by r5murphy]

 
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  posted on 12/5/2006 at 04:30 PM
Yeah,

I hate what this time of year has turned into. People spending money that they don't have on things they don't need for children or people that may or may not care.

I learned a lesson from my oldest son when he was a tot. Spent all this money on him for Christmas and when he finished opening up all his toys, he wobbled into the kitchen and took out the pots, pans and wooden spoons that he was used to playing with and just made the usual racket he was accustomed to.

Since then, it's one gift per child (I've got 5) and it's usually some money so they can buy clothes and such. They usually buy some stuff and buy gifts for relatives. Of course, I usually get a tie or bottle of cologne for which I'm grateful.

So strange, just before I visited this thread my youngest (15 years) just asked me for a AAA battery charger for Christmas. When I asked her if that was all she wanted she said "yes".

Just don't pay attention to the non-Christmas things that are supposed to represent the real version of Chrsitmas. You'll be happier

Oh...HAPPY HOLIDAYS

 

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  posted on 12/5/2006 at 04:40 PM
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To start, I usually cannot stand the Holidays. I feel like the Grinch, Scrooge and Mr Potter all rolled into one come the 1st of December. The crass commercialization, mass marketing of the holidays with over emphasis on materialism makes me hang my head with disgust.

But ... last night I fell into the spirit almost by accident. Back in the summer I bought a pup. A little light yellow Lab I named Mango. Every night I walk her before bed. Last night was looking to be no different.

However, it was one of those nights. A crisp December evening in the upper 20's. A bit cloudy with a close to full moon. The air had that quietness about it that it gets right before it snows. Lately, an owl has taken up residence in the woods behind the neighborhood.

Then, there it was. Homes lit up with lights. The owl hooting. My footsteps mixed with Mango's chuffing on her leash. I happened to look up and there were planes flying. It was pretty cool to see the shadows glide along the clouds by the light of the moon.

I'm not sure how long I stood and watched, but for that little bit, I was at peace with it all. And that's what I needed. At least until next year.

If it's not to early ... Happy Holiday's y'all!




Clarity.

That moment Joseph Campbell wrote about where you 'just are'.

Lovely.

[Edited on 12/5/2006 by TanDan]


BDOB I was talking about Joseph Campbell and "The Power Of Myth", when all seems clear because you have gained a focus, but it surely fits 'our' Joseph Campbell also...

...RedDog found 'Clarity' one day, far from his mother or father, in a place called Vietnam. The date was April 22.

SALUTE!!

Semper.




[Edited on 12/5/2006 by TanDan]

 

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  posted on 12/5/2006 at 05:36 PM
At times I feel the holiday blues trying to sneak up on me and I ignored the season for a few years with so many people who should be here, missing. Then I thought this wasn't what they'd want for me and it would be a better way to honor them if I carried out all the traditions they left me with. So even though it's quiet - it's still very nice. Got my tree decorated with family stuff going back to the depression days, got my strand of light & wreath in the window .... I lean toward Solstice but on Christmas Eve I'll have a drink and throw in my Yule Log video :-) Pretty nice really

 

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  posted on 12/5/2006 at 07:32 PM
Hell, I was just sharing a "snapshot" of a moment in time.

Just glad I'm not always alone with that.

All in all ... it's pretty cool!

Thanks and keep it coming, eh?

 

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  posted on 12/6/2006 at 08:22 PM
Happy Holidays, lonomon! Enjoy your new furry friend, Mango (was that the guy in hot pants on SNL???). Sometimes the quiet little times are worth a million party moments, huh. I'm going to listen for your owl when I walk my Lola tonight and think about your vision.

[Edited on 12/7/2006 by lolasdeb]

 

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  posted on 12/7/2006 at 12:34 PM
I totally forgot about that skit. LMAO though.

But, no. Mango was named after the fruit.

 

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