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23 December 2005 @ 11:11 am
Christmas Eve Shopping  
I can't help it, I have always loved Christmas.

It may seem funny, considering my particular religious beliefs. It comes to this: I think the celebration of the birth of the light is appropriate no matter what allegorical or mystical form has meaning to you personally. I think the need to rejoice at the turn of the sun is deep within our collective unconscious, and I love seeing how every culture expresses their joy and thanks.

I love getting out on Christmas Eve and doing a (very carefully planned) bit of last-minute shopping. I don't leave everything, mind. Just a present or two, plus some stocking stuffers and the various edibles - oranges, tangerines/clementines, chocolate. Christmas eve really feels like Christmas - not like just the day-after-Thanksgiving.

It isn't as much fun for me here in Georgia, where the weather tends to be balmy (it's to be almost 60 degrees F this afternoon). I'd prefer cold and snow and real winter weather, because that seems to be part of the season. I don't consciously use a hunt metaphor, but I really think that's where it comes from. There has to be some sacrifice, something to work through in order to get to the satisfaction of having found something for everyone on the list.

This year, I get two days to finish the Christmas Eve items - HP traditionally gives the afternoon off before Christmas holidays to everyone working. That makes for even less pressure, as I'll go get a few things this afternoon and get the rest tomorrow.

I don't know if I'll be back on line much, as family starts to arrive tomorrow and we'll be in reunion mode most of the time, so here are my wishes for everyone:

- as the sun increases, so may your joys increase.
- as the nights get shorter, so may your sorrows shrink.
- as those you love surround you, feel my love there as well.
- may you be blessed by your Gods, be they within or without.
- may all your happiest dreams come to you in time.

Joyous Yule, Merry Christmas, Happy Hannukah, Prosperous Diwali, Happy Dong Zhi, and an Inspirational Kwanzaa to you all.
Current Mood: bouncybouncy
Current Music: Diana Krall "Christmas Songs"
David M Steindrzarron on December 23rd, 2005 08:47 pm (UTC)
I'm with you.. I like going out amounst the shoppers on Xmas Eve. But ONLY will enjoy it if all my shopping is done and I can relax and revel in the chaos.

One year, Diana and I were watching "48 Hours" I think and they were talking about the 48 hours heading up to Xmas morning. And they did a segment of men shopping on Victoria Secrets on Xmas Eve. As it happened, we were at the mall Xmas Eve and sure enough, there was Victoria Secrets PACKED with clueless guys making hand gestures at the sales person, miming the size and shape of their wife/girlfriend/sister.. we DIED laughing.
Smoooomsmoooom on December 23rd, 2005 10:03 pm (UTC)
Thank you Bill.
birder2 on December 24th, 2005 09:53 pm (UTC)
Bill, that is one of the lovliest set of wishes/blessings for the season I've ever seen. I may steal it some day.