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Holiday Highlights — Belated, Yes, but Beautiful!

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Greetings and Happy New Year, dear family, friends, and fellow virtual villagers! I resurfaced from our two-plus-weeks of holiday stay-cation almost a week ago, but I’ve been playing simultaneous games of catch-up and leap-frog since then, so this is the … Continue reading

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Happy Gratitude, Y’all!

Wow what a week!! It feels like so much happened that we had two weeks in one! In no particular order — here’s the view from here: 1. As I mentioned last week, Autumn is going out with a flurry, transforming … Continue reading

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Yuletide Floods Family with Holiday-Mash-Up Fun!

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Chanukah came super early this year, so it was actually part of our Thanksgiving celebrations, and we got our Yule tree up the day after Thanksgiving — so really we’ve been celebrating for over a month now. But cookie-making for … Continue reading

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See Yule Later…

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The New Year has begun, and our 2012 Yule celebrations have come to a gentle end. Natalie and I made it to midnight in more of a warm-ember-and-peppermint-ice-cream mode than a fireworks-and-champagne mode — but both utterly pleased, nonetheless. We … Continue reading

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I’m Thankful for… the 12 days of Yule

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Those of you who’ve been reading this blog for the last couple years know this already, but for those of you who may be newer here — our Yule celebrations generally begin on the Solstice and continue on through the … Continue reading

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On Your Mark, Get Set, Yule!

Friday night we officially began our Yule celebrations. In case you missed it — we celebrate our own personal soup of holiday traditions in the McTague/Christensen family. Although it sometimes comes after Yule begins, this year Chanukah was early, so … Continue reading

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I’m Thankful for… the Longest Night

I’m so glad I’ve made it. There’s a part of me that begins to carry on a concerned conversation in September every year discussing whether or not I will be able to survive the coming darkness. For those of you … Continue reading

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I’m Thankful for… Family Rituals

One of my favorite things about this family is how we celebrate our Winter Holidays. I love that 5 totally un-Jewish, mostly non-practicing anything, free spirits crowd around the menorah together each night of Chanukah and tell and retell the story … Continue reading

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Exceptional Elders and Stellar Celebrations

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As you may remember from the last couple posts, beginning right before Thanksgiving we spent four weeks enjoying a nearly continuous train of our menagerie of grandparents. In fact, we enjoyed visits from (at least a representative from) every one … Continue reading

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Holiday Fun

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Well, it has been quite a yummy Yule thus far. Today we celebrated the Christmas portion of our holiday. Last night, the girls left cookies and milk for Santa, raisins for Holly the Christmas Faery, apple bits for Sleipnir, and … Continue reading

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Bon Yule!

Happy Solstice, and Felicitous Yule Tidings to All. We lit our little beeswax welcoming candle for the sun, lighting the way through these darkest nights. Now our days are getting longer again. And the sun is on its way back … Continue reading

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Holiday Fun: Phase 2

The candle-lighting of the menorah during Hanukah is a major (usually the first major) landmark in our Yule celebrations each year. Hanukah is one of those holidays that the dates of observance shift a bit each year — and even … Continue reading

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Speaking of Candles…

We celebrated the last night of Hanukah yesterday and already I am missing the nightly time spent with the season’s center piece — the menorah. We aren’t Jewish and we aren’t waxing religious, but the evening candle-lighting ceremony has come … Continue reading

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Up to our Armpits in Holiday Spirit

Well — we’ve officially hit the holiday season, and hit the ground running this year. Perhaps it’s been the unseasonably wintery winter that arrived with Thanksgiving. Perhaps it is the earlier observance of Hanukah this year. Or maybe just that … Continue reading

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