Posted 25 December 2006 - 09:51 AM
Posted 25 December 2006 - 10:39 AM
Posted 25 December 2006 - 11:45 AM
Happy Holidays, Ballet Talkers and Lurkers.
Posted 25 December 2006 - 12:05 PM
Chinese food, anyone?
Happy holidays to all!
Posted 25 December 2006 - 12:36 PM
What???? And no movie?
I celebrate the holiday the way Jews do all over the United States.
Chinese food, anyone?
Posted 25 December 2006 - 12:40 PM
You're the third person I've said that to who had the same response!
All those years at Brandeis and I'm still not abreast of my cultural zeitgeist.
Posted 25 December 2006 - 02:52 PM
And Helene, do you know which countries celebrate on the 24th?
Unless you were referring to people who don't celebrate Christmas at all.
Posted 25 December 2006 - 03:10 PM
Posted 25 December 2006 - 03:18 PM
Posted 25 December 2006 - 03:50 PM
In Sweden the big day is 24. A typical Swedish Christmas looks like this:
Everybody except me watches Donald Duck and other Disney stuff like a bit from Cinderella and Robin Hood, that is at 15 hours. Then I usually repair to the kitchen - not that I am specially anti Disney, but it gives me peace and quiet to get on with the stuff. Pickled herrings in a lot of varieties followed by the Christmas ham. We actually have a very scaled down meal as we are not fond of a lot of the traditional offerings.
Distribution of Christmas gifts - also scaled down as we think it is mainly for kiddies. One substantial gift for each one. Very easy this year as the girls are setting up home. A couple of books for my husband and in return he gives me a couple of books. Something for the house, this year a DVD.
And then Lucia (the cat) climbed the tree and upset it, nice antique glass baubles broke, everybody on hands and knees picking glass splinters, vacum cleaner out but nobody angry with the cat.
Everybody sick of Christmas tree, well, we have a plantation and have been selling trees since end November. 12 € (Euro)/ tree and the customer has to saw it down himself - people think that is fun! :huepfen024:
Posted 25 December 2006 - 03:51 PM
Posted 25 December 2006 - 08:56 PM
It's not easy connecting with one's own tradition, when it's so tarnished, but I'm starting to think it my duty. I was proud to see the local Episcopal bishop got himself arrested at City Hall, it made me feel less ashamed to have been or continue to be be a Christian.
If there's any Christmas music I'd recommend, it's Joan Baez singing "The Cherry Tree Carol," #11 on her second album, right after "Barbara Allen," circa 1960. It's so beautiful, so moving.
Merry Christmas, everybody.
Posted 26 December 2006 - 04:41 AM
In some parts of Germany, Austria and Poland, the children receive their presents on the evening of the 24th, right after the Christmas Eve church service.
That's how we do it at my house!
My husband is from India from a muslim/catholic background so we celebrate Diwali (the Indian festival of lights) in Oct/Nov. Got to wear a new sari and massive amounts of gold jewerly for that one. Eid following Ramadan is celebrated anywhere from October to February. Got to call my mother in law in India to wish her a happy Eid. Celebrate Christmas by inviting our priest to dinner, who also happens to be from India. Tummy becomes visually bigger due to eating all the Indian food we prepared. Next up is Eastern Orthodox Christmas celebration with my best friend/ sister of my soul Luda, this year on January 7th. Will watch my husband laugh at me as I stagger up the stairs to bed due to drinking vast amounts of vodka.
So, whichever way you celebrate it, Happy Holidays to all and may peace reign in the coming year.
Posted 26 December 2006 - 05:32 AM
Posted 26 December 2006 - 07:14 AM
Very Merry Holidays to All.
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