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To be honest, we are going to be moving soon; however, we seem to have had the holiday tree up and down in a very organised fashion this year. Well, organised discounting the decoration boxes around. We got the tree around the 15th or so and brought it and most of the lights down on the 2nd.

Outside the back of our house is Riverview Park. It’s also a fairly steep drop into the park. Since we remove all the decorations from a natural tree; we always cast the tree into the woods down the hill from our house. It’s a nice “Return to nature”/”Circle of Life” gesture.

So, we removed the decorations. I had my son put the dropped branches and needles into a bag. We carried the tree to the back of the house and I tossed it down the hill. Before I tossed it, we pointed out where last year’s tree was. We could see that parts of it were still there and parts had begun to wear down and return to the Earth.

Amusingly, when I threw this year’s tree it bounced and landed right on top of the previous year’s tree like a long forgotten lover. My son asked why we didn’t just throw it out. I told him that the tree came from the ground and by giving it back to the ground new trees would come. And tried to explain the “Circle of Life” concept.

He took the remaining branches out of the back and threw them down the hill into the woods. I told him he could yell, “Back to Earth” as he threw them. This made him very happy. I told him by giving to the Earth it would be our way of saying Winter will give way to Spring and the days will get longer and soon we will see all the trees green again.

He seemed to understand this and it made me very happy.

The concept of religion is a very complex (and personal) thing in our household; so it was nice to be able to give our son a grounding in a love and respect of nature while not miring him in too much dogma.

Happy holidays and happy new year to all. May this new year as always exceed the past and give way to even better tomorrows.

Please accept with no obligation, implied or implicit my best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low stress, non-addictive, gender neutral, celebration of the winter solstice holiday, practiced within the most enjoyable traditions of the religious persuasion of your choice, or secular practices of your choice, with respect for the religious/secular persuasions and/or traditions of others, or their choice not to practice religious or secular traditions at all…

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A fiscally successful, personally fulfilling, and medically uncomplicated recognition of the onset of the generally accepted calendar year 2009, but not without due respect for the calendars of choice of other cultures whose contributions to society have helped make America great, (not to imply that America is necessarily greater than any other country or is the only “AMERICA” in the western hemisphere,) and without regard to the race, creed, color, age, physical ability, religious faith, or sexual preference of the wishee.

By accepting this greeting, you are accepting these terms. This greeting is subject to clarification or withdrawal. It is freely transferable with no alteration to the original greeting. It implies no promise by the wisher to actually implement any of the wishes for her/himself or others, and is void where prohibited by law, and is revocable at the sole discretion of the wisher. This wish is warranted to perform as expected within the usual application of good tidings for a period of one year, or until the issuance of a subsequent holiday greeting, whichever comes first, and warranty is limited to replacement of this wish or issuance of a new wish at the sole discretion of the wisher.

…and all through the house, not a drip of water; no chance of a souse.

It looks like the (less than promoted) NYE 08/09 celebration this year is pretty much sacked.

There’s no way we’re going to be able to prep for the celebration. We’re not even sure when we’re getting water back into the house. There’s an amazing other list of reasons… But I won’t bore you here.

As it is… The winter holiday this year for us is marooned in a hotel 2 miles from home. :-p

Hey Vancouver!!!!

We are thinking of celebrating our new found patriotism for the US.

By skipping the country for Thanksgiving.

I have a 4 day weekend coming up and we are contemplating going to Vancouver.

We’re looking for suggestions of things to see/do as well as places to stay.

An important addition to this… Toddler friendly. Kid’s museums, etc.. Suggestions welcomed.

Thanks!

Tis the season…

Last evening the most amazing and incredible s00j posted a holiday video. (Nooooot completely politically correct) The video was of the amazing ventriloquist Jeff Dunham (The man with a jalapeno…on a steek)

So in response.. I offer a flash video by the ficticious Indian boy-band, “Boymongoose

Is it politically correct? Oh.. probably not. Am I going to hell? Oh.. probably not.

To preface, I must admit.. when I accidently stumbled on this video, I kinda blew it off at first. Flash video really has to be good to keep my attention. But when I paid attention to the lyrics I fell deeply into politically incorrect
chuckles. Watch for 6, 8, and up.

Heavens.. I really shouldn’t be laughing at this. But I am :)