Category Archives: holidays

year of the rabbit.

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happy lunar new year

in the year of the rabbit

to all who celebrate

“leonardo fibonacci, the great 13th century italian mathematician (1175-1250)

created the ‘fibonacci sequence’ to explain behavior in nature mathematically.

history has it that the first question he posed

was how many rabbits would be created in one year starting with one pair.”

-rick santelli

memories gather and dance.

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Toy Department during Christmas season in the J.L. Hudson store, Detroit – 1957

 loved this view of the toy department at the store during the Christmas season.

toys were displayed on shelves, tables, and display cases,

with decorations featuring elves, a sleigh, and reindeer in background.

this is where i went every year

all dressed up fancy

to buy little gifts (with help from the elves) for my family

to see santa

to have a special lunch

 always, always amazed

by the glamour and magic of it all.

“like snowflakes, my christmas memories gather and dance –

each, beautiful, unique, and gone too soon.

-deborah whipp

 

credits: detroit memories, linda yates rudnicki, j.l. hudson’s

most just happen.

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this is pretty much me on any given day

for the next few weeks

as we head into the new year

all activities and adventures are on the table

some planned and most just happen.

 

“it’s the mishaps that make if fun, and brings you the surprise.”

-anna wintour

as far as anyone knows…

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not me, nor anyone in my family, but i love the spirit of ‘pocket pancaking’

all families are unique, with their own quirks, traditions, and ways of communicating – and the holiday season often serves as the perfect showcase for these interconnected elements. so when tonight show host, jimmy fallon asked his viewers to tweet funny examples using hashtag #myfamilyisweird, the responses did not disappoint. one person shared their relatives’ tradition of hiding leftover pancakes in each other’s pockets, while another posted a photo of a ‘hideous hand-me-down elf ornament their mother keeps trying to throw away each year, but hilariously ends up back on the tree. customs we cultivate with our kin can do more than just make us laugh, studies have long shown that establishing family routines and rituals positively benefits our health, relationships and well-being.

does your family have any unusual traditions? in my family we had a super creepy automotron mange-y looking furry toy cat that kept coming back. we bought it for a visiting grandie and just thought it was an ordinary stuffed animal, but what we soon discovered was that it would move or make noise at random times. people who received this gift ending up reporting that they kept in their garage or basement or closet, because it creeped them out so much. even with all that, they housed if for a full year, just for the opportunity to ‘gift it’ to someone else in family at the next christmas gathering. people went to great lengths to disguise it when wrapping, so the recipient would let down their guard and open it. we gifted it back and forth to each other for many years, until one year it just disappeared….

“remember as far as anyone knows we’re a nice, normal family.”

— homer Ssmpson

only 30 more.

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Santa speaking to crowd in front of J.L. Hudson department store

during the annual Thanksgiving Day Parade-1942

only 30 more sleeps!

“to celebrate a festival means;

to live out, for some special occasion and in an uncommon manner

the universal assent to the world as a whole.”   

-josef pieper

mothers.

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much love to my three daughters, each one now a mother too, on mothers day.

even if i only rarely called you by your right name on the first try.

“mothers are not the nameless,

faceless stereotypes

who appear once a year on a greeting card with their virtues set to prose,

but women who have been dealt a hand for life

and play each card one at a time the best way they know how.

no mother is all good or all bad,

all laughing or all serious,

all loving or all angry,

ambivalence rushes through their veins.”

-erma bombeck

 

cinco de mayo!!

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not me, but yes it is one of my dream halloween costumes. 

 

i don’t drink anymore for cinqo de mayo, i celebrate with mexican food, or as it’s known in mexico: ‘food.’ 

-craig ferguson

 

 

goofing off.

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this is someone else (who is not me)

goofing off to celebrate one holiday,

while actively ignoring the clutter of the other holiday.

how incredibly lucky

that right after i realized it is

‘clutter awareness week’

i found out it is also

‘international goof off week’

so i decided to go all in on the goof off celebration.

i’ve never been one to shy away from honoring a holiday

but i can only spread myself so thin.

happy holidays to those of you who celebrate one or both.

“but i love to feel events overlapping each other, crawling over one another like wet crabs in a basket.”

lawrence durrell

 

 

image credit: animal rescue site news

dragons, and groundhogs, and snow – oh my!

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the kinder celebrated the lunar new year

with a fierce painting of a chinese dragon

who will keep us all safe

woody the groundhog was scheduled to emerge this morning

on groundhog day

 to predict how much longer winter will stick around

but..

we are now-

about to be hit with a MAJOR snowstorm.

it’s truly a week

to celebrate things

big and small.

in honor of groundhog day:

“what fresh hell is this?!”

-woody the groundhog

in honor of the lunar new year:

“so comes snow after fire, and even dragons have their ending!”

– j.r.r. tolkien

in honor of the snow:

“snow day, bring it!”

-beth kennedy

the right days.

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it’s january and i see the easter bunny

is already busy laying chocolate eggs

maybe she’s switching holidays

planning to take over groundhog day?

 

“we have christmas and thanksgiving, and easter,

although we’re not exactly sure we celebrate them on the right days.”

Henry De Vere Stacpoole