Monday, December 04, 2006

Spirit of the Season~

The Spirit of the Christmas season is about LOVE and GIVING.

Loving each other, your family (if at all possible), and even loving

people you don't know.

(and I don't mean "swinging stranger parties" either! Pug!)

Hanukkah is commemorates the re dedication of the holy Temple in Jerusalem after the Jews' 165 B.C.E. victory over the Hellenist Syrians, and a miracle that happened in the holy Temple-a Menorah that should have burned out in 1 day, but lasted 8.

Jesus, being brought up in a Jewish house hold- would have celebrated Hanukkah.
I didn't know that until today...

However you celebrate- I wish you a joyful season of

Love, Giving, and Miracles.

Merry Christmas, and Happy Hanukkah!



I kind of like these guys ;)

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Enemy of the Republic said...

Love the picture of Danny Boy. I will look into that charity.

SJ said...

Why not "swinging stranger parties"?

165 BC!! that must pre-date even some Hindu festivals.

That's a great charity idea.

X. Dell said...

Actually, SJ, the Romans celebrated Saturnalia, which had fertility (read sexual) overtones. We only kiss under the mistletoe. Romans....

You forgot to mention Kwanza, Mayden. Not that I celebrate it. I make it a policy not to celebrate holidays created by CIA agents.

puerileuwaite said...

Ahem. I just want you to know that I give freely all year long. I'm always offering myself to (female) friends and strangers alike. Sometimes it hurts to be so generous (and popular). I so wish I didn't look just like the latest Bond guy.

Libby said...

cora-that's cool stuff to know about Christmas & Hannukah, & toys for tots! thanks! you & x know EVERYTHING, don't you??

/t. said...

post, mayden

you've got me thinking
about charities here in canada

oh yeah, you've also got that pug pegged pretty well...


K9 said...

/bark bark bark

well well. what a fine looking santa! howl!
i know you are sweet on marines grrrrl. TFT is a great organization and i will participate. its the only way i can legitimately buy toys i really want for myself!! im giving them stuffed pugs in sweaters. how cute is that???


kwanza is a cia gig? i thought some professor thought it up.


schaumi said...

yes, some of my spouse's relatives are involved in that charity. it is a good one..

Bone said...

I believe it is a great cause. Thanks for promoting it.

X. Dell said...

K9, you're referring to Dr. Ronald Karenga, whose ties to the CIA go back to his leadership of the United Slaves Organization (USO).

Mayden's Voyage said...

TFT usually has donation baskets/boxes in stores like Wal-Mart, or purchase a gift and drop it in the box- the Marines come and pick it up.

SJ- I think the "Swinging Stranger parties" happen on New Years Eve ...but of course I've never been to one :)

X~ Thanks for mentioning that-
I left Kwanza out because it's a cultural celebration, not a religious one- though one could argue that Christmas is cultural too...but not for me.

However- for anyone who does celebrate Kwanza- Happy Kwanza!

I KNOW you are a generous dog...and I can't imagine how hard it is to be as popular as you.
With that fat little belly, and scrunched up little nose, and the adorable Christmas sweater!
I wish I was as cute as you...

Wait, we kind of sound similar! :)
LOL :)

Libby- X is the doubt- I've met him and I KNOW first hand!

/t- if only we could get that pug in a tutu :)

K9- he is the best Santa I've seen this year :)

Schaumi- good to see you! :)
I love those Toys for Tots sweet :)

Bone! I was over at your place the other day...but I didn't leave a comment. I promise to next time :)

/t. said...

"purchase a gift
and drop it in the box-
the Marines come and pick it up

they used to storm in from the beach with M16s blazing and capture the gifts, but, budget cutbacks, red tape... *sigh*

the pug has been talking dirty to my lamb, mayden -- just cruisin' for a bruisin' is this pug -- that tutu is sounding sweeter by the minute!


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ThursdayNext said...

I think that Mayden and K9 are the most festive looking so far this season. :) We do TFT at work! A great cause, indeed. xoxoxoxoxo