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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

on christmas eve morning.

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one more sleep…

 

 

 

“adults can take a simple holiday for children and screw it up.

what began as a presentation of simple gifts to delight and surprise children around the christmas tree

has culminated in a woman unwrapping six shrimp forks from her dog, who drew her name.”

– erma bombeck

eve eve.

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in talking with the grandies

about all the excitement leading up to christmas eve

i soon realized

that i was even excited for the eve before that eve

because i know what comes next

and it just grows from there.

“I like to compare the holiday season with the way a child listens to a favorite story. The pleasure is in the familiar way the story begins, the anticipation of familiar turns it takes, the familiar moments of suspense, and the familiar climax and ending.”

– Fred Rogers

happy christmas.

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I saw

a tiny tricycle 

decorated in garlands and sparkles

parked in the bike rack at the library

heard the train come through town

softly whistling the tune of jingle bells

watched the people line up 

to catch the bus to the airport

taking them somewhere

where people were waiting to see them

turned to say hello

to the man walking his dog

in his Christmas pajamas

spent the day with family and friends

playing and laughing

simply enjoying the celebration

happy Christmas everyone.

“our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at christmas-time.”

– laura ingalls wilder

 

hedgehog.

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found on a medieval tapestry

the hedgehog 

was known to go into the vines

and emerge with the grapes

what could be more perfect?

and why not a Christmas hedgehog?

“the fox has many tricks. the hedgehog has but one. but that is the best of all.”

-ralph waldo emerson

 

 

 

image credits: british medieval history, elaine treharne, dave pilling

games.

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the youngest at the party
play a long game of skill and chance
with exuberance and spirit.
“a finite game is played for the purpose of winning,
an infinite game for the purpose of continuing the play.”
― james o. carse, Finite and Infinite Games: A Vision of Life as Play and Possibility.”