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Christmas Cheer

bah-humbug-double-sided-green-glass-ornament~10499149People get so doggone mean and ornery around Christmas time. 30 below with the wind chill tonight and I can’t find my long underwear. I’ve figured out how to improvise by tucking sweatpants into my socks. Blocked a manipulative lard ass from my FB yesterday, who had managed to access my page by befriending 127 of my friends. She had created that identity Sept. 1 which seriously creeps me out. I could set permissions differently but I want to keep my page public. BTW that name was given her by a household member she is stalking and he usually doesn’t say things like that. He keeps a box of the stuff she has sent him in case he ever has to take action, and he calls it the Loony Bin. I wonder if she has ever heard of a restraining order.
One reason I find Christmas miserable is that the long nights give me time to reflect. I never established Christmas traditions of my own. The elders I celebrated with passed away, one by one. I know I’m inviting well-meant advice (that I don’t want) by writing this, but I AM a writer and I dig down into the truth sometimes. It’s not always pretty. Another set of thoughts is that Christmases of the past weren’t always idyllic. Sometimes they were obligatory and rife with disappointment (which had nothing to do with gifts). This year I will spend Christmas Eve at church and with friends. Christmas Day I will cook something. And I will hear my dad’s voice saying, in his Minnesota Norwegian way, “Well, another Christmas just bit the dust”.


The lighting of a votive candle symbolizes the offering of a prayer. Or it can be a visual reminder of a solemn vow. Votive candles can be any size or shape but the most recognizable are 1.5″ in diameter and 2″ tall, and are set in small glass holders. Their comforting glow lights homes and churches. The votive candle
is often seen in Roman Catholic, Orthodox, Anglican, Lutheran and Methodist churches, and at the ceremonies of other spiritualities that need visual reminders of life’s experiences.

The use of votive candles is not limited to churches and temples and houses of worship. Many homes are decorated with votive candles, in groupings or as part of a larger floral display. The votives are reasonably safe in their glass containers and they burn down without too much leftover residue. Sometimes the candles are color-coordinated with the home’s furnishings, or sometimes holiday colors and scents are used. Christmas votive candles might be red, green and white, and those that appear at Halloween are often black, orange and purple. Spring festivities might be celebrated with candles in pastel Easter egg shades, but there are no rules. Whether traditional white, ivory, or beeswax, or fashion shades that change from year to year, votive candles are an expression of artistry and spirituality.