Time to celebrate and be joyful

Posted on December 24, 2008. Filed under: Culture, Philosophy, Spirituality |

mooseThis post title has two meanings. One is: “This is a traditional time of year to celebrate, as several religious and secular remembrances are going on now.”

Another meaning is this: “Please do take the time to celebrate!” Sometimes, end-of-year activities can get a little hectic; emotions can run high. I remind myself to—even if only for a few minutes on some days—take some time to breathe, reflect, and be at peace with what is. It can make all the difference in how I go on with my day.

This year, Hanukkah, Christmas, and two friends’ birthdays all come along the same week. I shall be attending a Christmas Eve gathering, which will be a traditional Southwest holiday feast: Homemade tamales and tacos! These will be all vegetarian, and VERY tasty. Good cheer will abound. My only required contribution is a bowl of chopped tomatoes! Even I can do that! πŸ˜‰

Last year I posted about multiple holidays; Hanukkah came early then, and a couple of the other dates have shifted too. I do recognize and appreciate many holidays: Diwali, Bodhi Day, Hajj, Eid, Winter Solstice and Kwanzaa, among others.

I will have many end-of-year things to say in a little while. In the meantime, here’s a sneak preview: “I believe 2009 will be, for number of reasons, one of the more amazing, and life-changing years in our history.”

Be of good cheer, you dearest of bloggers. I truly wish you all the joy the season can bring. pinecones


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Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and Happy New Year Muse πŸ™‚ May the joy of season flourishes into 2009. We all need it, it’s desperate times that is requiring desperate measures πŸ˜€ Be safe, take care and as you said, take time to celebrate!


Merry and Happy to you, dear Muse. Fresh tamales and tacos sound like a wonderful Christmas Eve tradition. I discovered only yesterday there seems to be a New England tradition. I was at the market and by the slab bacon there was a rolling rack with several shelves holding: soldier beans, onions, brown sugar and molasses. Baked beans. Blerg. At least they’re not from a can. πŸ˜‰

Have a safe, joyous holiday!

Happy Holidays Muse!! πŸ™‚

Merry Christmas and a Happy Hanukkah, to all – have a good one Muse! πŸ˜€

happy christmas, muse. *HUGS*

Happy Holidays, Muse…This year, I decided to celebrate Xmas alone with my friend Muscade( my cousin’s dog)..Did not feel like running all over places, eating too much and be very tired when the holidays are over..Surprisingly enough, I don’t feel depressed at all spending Xmas alone watching the firelog burning while sipping a ”CrΓ©mant de Pomme” Cheers!!

By the way nice pic!!

Have a great Holiday, Muse. What time should I show up tonight. Sounds like a great feast.

Happy Holidays Muse, and I wish you a joyful festive season! πŸ˜€

Happy Holidays, Muse. I wish you and your family the best.

Joy and peace to you and to your loved ones.

Wishing you all the best this holiday season! Merry Christmas Muse!! πŸ™‚

Season’s Greetings to you and best wishes for a wonderful New year as well. πŸ™‚

Season’s Greetings to you, Muse! Sounds like you’ve got a very busy week ahead of you. Hope you had a wonderful Christmas Eve; the tamales and tacos sound delicious. We had a lovely salad while our neighbors cooked a barbecue. It’s given me a few ideas for next year. πŸ˜‰

Hope you have a wonderful holiday season and best wishes for a peaceful New Year.

I am and I did, Kiran, thank you. I wish all the best for you and your husband, too. If we put our minds to it, I believe we can sustain the seasonal joy into 2009. It will do us all good!

I’m trusting you to come up with a “light” baked beans for us, ella! I do like the flavor, but they can be too heavy and sweet, and bacon is not for me. Still, it’s fun to have regional traditions! Thank you! I send you the best and tastiest of holiday wishes!

And to you, Apar, and little “A”, too!

I am doing so, Will, and imagining you staying warm and jolly as well! Happy Christmas to you!

Thank you, sulz! I’m sending good seasonal greetings to you and to all those with whom you celebrate!

Actually, that sounds lovely CV. It seems you like Muscade very much. Wasn’t it Charlie Brown who said “Happiness is a warm puppy.”? I’m having a fairly quiet Christmas Day, myself. The party was enough for me! Thank you! I’m glad you liked the moose and the kitty. It was sent to me in an email, and warmed my heart. πŸ™‚

Aw, shucks, Joan, I didn’t read your message until after the party! You would have had fun, I’ll bet! The food was delicious, and would have fit into your point system somewhere. Still I know you are having a glorious time with your family.

Thank you, B0bby! I’m wishing the same for you and your family as well! πŸ™‚

I appreciate that, Juan! (aka devblog) I am thinking of you and your mother & family at this time. Joy to you all!

Oh, gentledove (The Totton linnet), I hadn’t read your newer blog yet, and didn’t recognize your amazing user name. Best get over there and catch up, hadn’t I? The best of seasonal wishes to you!

Thank you very much Shane! I’m having a good time, and I’m picturing you doing the same with your family and your mega-cute animals! πŸ˜‰

Oh, my dear timethief, it’s been quite a year! I wish you and yours much joy, health and peace at this time. Thanks so much for dropping by! πŸ˜€

Hey, cj, I’m sort of on a rollercoaster from very busy alternated with very quiet, but all good and fulfilling. And yes, thanks, the tacos and tamales were amazing. There were even a few shrimp tamales for those who were not strict vegetarians. I hadn’t known anyone puts shrimp in them! Barbecue and salad sound quite festive and delicious, particularly with your weather! πŸ™‚ I send you peaceful and joyful thoughts at this time, and to your family.

Meery Chirstmas! Hope you are having happy and healthy holidays πŸ˜€

love that picture! happy holidays all

Hey Muse,
Just thought I’d stop by and see how you are doing. I hope you had a nice Christmas and that you are feeling well, healthy and happy. I look forward to your end of the year thoughts.

Blessings to you, Muse!

How are you, Muse? Happy new year!!

I am, Poonam, I am! Thank you so much. All good wishes for the New Year to you!

I’m not sure whether I relate more to the moose or the kitty, seeing, but I’ve felt like each of them at times. I’m glad they can be friends. πŸ™‚ I send you an extra helping of New Year wishes!!!

I am feeling well and happy, teeveebee, thank you! I appreciate your visit and the blessings! I cheerfully and gratefully accept! Thank you; it’s good to be looked forward to. Blessings in the New Year, tee!

Thanks, B0bby; it’s quite nice of you to check in. πŸ˜€ I realize I hadn’t posted for a whole week! I’m very well; it just was a busy week, as it was for many. And I had a little head cold, and it hurt to think, but it’s better now, yay! A very happy New Year to you, B0bby!

Happy New year Muse!

Thank you for the Xmas greeting, I was on holiday at the time and my family made me take a vow that there’ll be no laptop and any associated activities during the holidays, so I kind of got out of touch with my blogworld.

I hope you had a fantastic festive season. Looking forward to 2009.

Much love and respect! πŸ˜‰

Ooh… sorry for the bold text, I didn’t close my tag I guess. Mwah πŸ˜€

Hey, Tazzy, thank you for the greetings. πŸ™‚ I admire your family’s stance; less distractions that way. I’m glad you had a good time with your family.
Ah, the terrors of html! I closed your tag for you; you had only omitted the closing (/) πŸ˜€
Love back at you, and Happy New Year!

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