It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Well not here. It feels like Christmas, but these crisp sunny days, while good for last minute Christmas shopping do not make me think of chimneys and chunky bearded men in red suits. However, many of my friends down in south Texas and Georgia, and all those places that hardly ever get snow, have been kind enough to share their pictures. Yes really. Snow in San Antonio. Snow in League City, Houston and surrounding areas. No snow here. That is just not fair.
But then I spent 13 years in San Diego where the sun always shines so I can get my Christmas spirit on without snow. The true spirit of Christmas is love. The purest gift one can give is unconditional love. It is sometimes not easy to do, but we can all keep trying.
Rector had an awesome Christmas parade last Thursday and it was followed by a community party at the Community Center. Santa was there. Did you see him? Wasn’t the Rector Cougar band terrific? I love watching them march and play. Good job all. Beautiful floats. Thanks to everyone who participated.
Christmas, the celebration of the birth of Christ, is only one of many religious holidays that fall around this time of the year. Some of my friends celebrate Hanukkah, the festival of lights, which celebrates the miracle that enabled the Maccabees to burn their ceremonial lamp for seven days with only enough oil for one day. Hanukkah begins at sundown tomorrow night.
Kwansaa is celebrated for 7 days beginning December 26. And then there is Yule, the pagan celebration from which Christmas evolved. Four other Christian holidays/celebrations are scattered about the month and then there are New Years celebrations around the world. No wonder we are all exhausted by the end of the season. Remember all the holidays are celebrations and they are all celebrated best by loving the world we are in.
Meanwhile, we watch as California is burning. I have a lot of friends and family in southern California, so I am nervous with all the fires. Climate change has hit us hard this year with the hurricanes and now the fires. I would really like to see us be a lot more nurturing to the earth we live on. I think Mother Nature is rebelling.
Speaking of fires, Clay County has reinstated the burn ban for us at least through today, so be careful with matches and cigarettes and anything that causes sparks to fly. No open burning. We don’t want any more wild fires around here.
Be alert. There are several scams going around now and many phishing scams. Some of those posts that float through Facebook, the ones that ask the name of your favorite teacher, where you were born, what school you graduated from and information like that, may be phishing for information about your security questions. Be careful giving anyone you don’t know, your personal information. And remember if you get an email that you suspect is a scam or phishing, you can easily forward it to email@example.com.
Happy Hanukkah to those who celebrate tomorrow. Continued Christmas Shopping for those that are not yet done. Happy Holidays regardless of which one’s you mark on your calendar. I think I will celebrate all of them this entire month and more. Why not? It is all about the love.
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