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  1. New Year's Day, the traditional end of the holiday season, seems like an oddball holiday because most of the celebrations take place the day before (or shortly after midnight the day of)! The rest of the day is officially a holiday, but it really only feels like a half of a holiday: a lot of stuff is still open and people usually spend more time decompressing than actually celebrating. Maybe the best way to think of the day is like the end of the weekend, but for an entire season. New Year's Resolutions aren't my thing, though, not at all. Instead, I have developed my own ritual for the day itself: best described as a 'decompression ritual' of sorts. After sleeping in to recover from the fun I had the night before, I can work out an have some nice food/snacks or something. But then I go into the nearby city for a nice coffee before making it up to the final day of the 'zoo lights' festival where the local zoo is open late with various lights in different designs and colours. Walking my way through the zoo, I'm not far away from a very specific restaurant where I can have tasty food and drink... and then I make my way back to my place to prepare for the first workweek of the new year! Granted, I haven't been able to do that either last year or this year; not only was the zoo lights canceled both these years, but the restaurant in question shut down! (It reopened a few months ago, but without any of my favourites...)
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  2. picture shows Christmas Tree and season decorations at Rockefeller Center Click here for larger image. Starting on December 1st, Hufflepuff celebrates O' Tannenbaum! All of HOL Hogwarts is welcome to participate, have fun and earn Diamonds. This year our holiday event will revolve around the one symbol most people associates with this holiday... The Christmas Tree! It matters not the size of the tree but the joy it brings to those who will be sitting around it enjoying the memories of the decorations and lights. This month I hope as you take part in our event, we hope the trees in the games brings back some happy memories of you and your family. I will be offering my daily Trivia Challenge and, in addition, we will have discussions, puzzles, colouring pages, and other things for you to participate in and play with each week. All challenges and/or activities will be due on December 31st (HOL 11:59pm). We will, however, be offering bonus Diamonds to those who finish them within a week's time of the activity being posted. If you participate in at least half of the activities presented, both Trivia and Forum activities, you will earn a nice Award to add to your treasures! ...... Mark the Forum to follow it (see above for places to click to follow either forum and topic) so you get notifications of new things when they appear! If for accessibility reasons you can't complete any of the activities, please just let Tarma or me know and an alternative can be worked out – we might give you something to research and write up about, but we will come up with an alternative!
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  3. The Grinch is my Favorite movie and I watch it every year. As I do I always find myself drawing something with the him in it.
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  4. I have a large family, four sisters and a brother. My favorite tradition that we do for Christmas is making presents. Because we have such a large family, my parents could not afford for all us kids to but each other gifts when we were younger, so they started a tradition of us making each of our siblings something. The things we make range from toys, candy and treats, painting or drawings. My brother even made me a wooden jewelry box one time. We all keep it a secret what we are making for the others until we exchange the gifts on Christmas morning.
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  5. Winter Solstice is a time of (in the Northern hemisphere) the least amount of daylight hours. A lot of people say it is the 'shortest day of the year' which to me seems strange, because our 'day' (as in 7 days in a week) is the 24 hour period. (Yes, going off on a tangent there ... gets back on course...) So this time of shortest hours of daylight and longest hours of nighttime is a solar experience, which happens once a year -- but in the Southern hemisphere, when we have Winter Solstice, they have their Summer Solstice! Balance! The time of the start of winter, according to the meteorological calendar is December 1st (and lasts through the end of February). However, the astronomical winter season starts during the solstice, which this year is on December 21st (7:58 AM Pacific time). What is absolutely nifty about Winter Solstice, though, is that much of the symbolism of it embraces 'lightness' and 'rebirth'. For example the Norse Goddess Frigga gave birth to her 'young sun' on the winter solstice, a birth viewed as light coming from darkness, and, in some areas of northern Europe, it is known as "Mother's Night"1 and is a day focused on rebirth, light and forward movement. How I celebrate Winter Solstice is pretty simple. Overall, I have the feeling of the returning of longer hours of daylight, and an appreciation of the turning of the seasons. More specifically, though, I have a large gratitude for the returning of longer hours of sunlight! So usually, on Winter Solstice, I sort of look at the clock and think, 'Gee, tomorrow there will be more daylight ...' 1Mōdraniht or Modranicht (pronounced [ˈmoːdrɑniçt]
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  6. Being that we have a younger child, Christmas is still a big deal around our house. We have the tradition of giving out one present to everyone on Christmas Eve as a way to kick off the celebration. There is, of course, the obligatory cookie making for Santa, even though I have a sneaky suspicion that my daughter really doesn't believe anymore. She is nice enough not to ruin it for Mom, so that's good!! Christmas Day is usually just the three of us (four this year since Grandma lives with us now). We enjoy a quiet meal at home and each other's company, provided I am not working. Sadly, many of my holidays are spent working, but we still try to make it as festive as posible. My husband and daughter will come to the hospital and see me on break, usually bringing food with them for me and my partner (fellow EMT). If that's not possible, I FaceTime them on my break and we drink eggnog together (even though mine is actually coffee from the vending machine). One tradition we NEVER miss, even if we have to work it around busy schedules is watching Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas and A Christmas Carol (the musical with Albert Finney). I'm not even sure how this became a 'thing', but it wouldn't be Christmas proper without it now.
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