To those who took time to send greetings yesterday – thank you, your time and attention is very much appreciated. Gusta likes her unfamiliar surroundings – can’t seem to understand how a snow covered hotel parking lot lost its snow overnight …
Road conditions and weather will govern the next day or two as everyone crawls, walks or leaps back into familiar routines.
The day after a feast day is partly a second-feast day of grazing and lazing around – for visiting and remembering that magic of a single day and realizing that we don’t need a calendar day or group-think to have great times with friends and family, but rather serves as powerful reminder that we can have these simply by wanting them, planning them – no wrapping paper, trees of turkeys required.
British tradition (and Canadian too!), visiting friends and family, delivering boxes of gifts, has evolved/morphed to become consumer-frenzy whereby a single day of ‘spending gift cash’ [gift cards are part of that equation no doubt – and I gave one this year, so maybe I’m a contributor to this …] and exchanging gifts became Boxing Week, essentially the 13th month of the retailer’s years where Canadians have divided into groups – those who flood malls and those who aren’t that crazy. For everyone who isn’t been a customer or serving one – today is a continued day of holiday leisure, for leftovers and enjoying kids and grandkids enjoying their newest treasures. Yesterday’s laughter and feasting are fresh in our minds – enjoyment of those and sharing old recipes for joy and family. I had a wonderful day with my family and I hope you had a great one too.
The perfection of Christmas day is part illusion – delicious and laughter filled for those of enjoying full tables and full bellies; the magic where squeals of delight by kids and cousins and play where sitting still is not easy. In sharp contrast to those who don’t have this in their lives. We are so fortunate – and have no strife, no pain – so lucky when so many on this planet have so little. Lucky us.
Merry Christmas Mark - I hope you and your family have a nice day full of family fun! I hope for a Christmas miracle for you. MK, Calgary, AB
Mark. Best wishes for a merry Christmas and an inspiring New Year, PW, Calgary, AB
Hope your day is full of good times and happy faces....may the gas flow freely! Cheers, NB, Calgary, AB
Yes, my friend Mark, it is 'wake up time'. Merry Christmas! To wake up this morning, the fire burning, a promise of only this new day, blessed in the spiritual thought of birth and the real-life drama that has existed through eternity, even at the fully-sold-out Inn. Simply put, you my brother in words, poetry and interpreter of abstract thought are filled with spirit. You cannot make this day secular, or in other words, separate its meaning conveniently just to hang out in Fort Saskatchewan to share your love with your grand babies. Mark, the world is full of homo sapiens, many attempting to find the most convenient 'truth' or meaning of life. Self-serving. The reason McDonalds is the #1 dining establishment in this world. Convenience. If you believe Christmas can be secular, you might not believe or feel anything. Love from The Fishers XO XO, JF, Calgary, AB …PS...whatever you believe, know that we believe in you, our tenacious, spirit-filled friend.
Hi Mark. I wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and a Happy, healthy and prosperous New Year. We had a wonderful Christmas Day here. Lots of new snow, a blue sky, xc skiing from the front door of the house, and famiy for a huge turkey, I hope your day was as great as hours, AK, Calgary, AB