New (for us) Holiday traditions

Sheri and I started a new (for us) tradition today. We went to Volcano Asian Cuisine our favorite Asian restaurant for dinner. I had known about the “Jewish” tradition of Chinese dining (and a movie or two) for years, but it was new to Sheri.

We had a lovely “traditional” gathering at my aunt’s house for brunch earlier in the day. We then came home, milled around a bit, and decided a dinner of sushi, cumin lamb, and crispy duck was in order.

ChineseTurkey

So that’s what we had, and it was delicious. The restaurant was very crowded, too, which I’m happy to see since it’s a family business and the family who runs it is great people. And yes, when I ordered duck I was kind of hoping it woudl have a head attached because of the scene above, but it didn’t. That was my only disappointment today and it was a minor one at that.

Non-traditional holiday greetings

To my Christian friends and family: Merry Christmas.

To my Jewish friends and family: Merry Christmas.

To my Wiccan friends and family: Merry Christmas.

To my Muslim friends and family: Merry Christmas.

To my Atheist friends and family: Merry Christmas.

To my Scientologist friends and family: Merry Christmas.

To my Buddhist friends and family: Merry Christmas.

To my Pagan friends and family: Merry Christmas.

To my Hindu friends and family: Merry Christmas.

To my Taoist friends and family: Merry Christmas.

To my Agnostic friends and family: Merry Christmas.

Really, to all of my friends and family and everyone else: Merry Christmas.

No matter what your beliefs are, the universe knows what’s really in your heart. It’s your actions not your beliefs that define you as a person. This is the season that we have chosen to reflect and celebrate the wonder our brief visit to this world, to take in the beauty, the majesty and to bask in the love that surrounds us all. Take a moment to soak it in. It’s truly beautiful.

No matter what your beliefs are, Christmas Day is a good time to show love, to exude it, to be it. If you’re reading this, you’re a part of my life, part of what me what I am today. Thank you. May all of life’s joys and blessing be upon you always.

No matter what your beliefs are, I wish you, with love, a Merry Christmas.

Holiday Spirits

I’m not a humbug, but I don’t effuse Ho Ho Ho’s either. I worked on the annual batch of Christmas / Holiday cards tonight. Rather than regarding it as a chore, I dove right in, “Seasonal Music” playing in the background and happy holiday thoughts bouncing around my head.

About half way through, I poured a bit of homemade peach brandy a friend gave me and added a generous splash of Crown Royal Black. It’s a great combination: a little sweet, a little smoky, and a lot potent.

Warmed by the spirits of Christmas, I continued writing out cards, affixing address labels for both return address and recipients. After everything was assembled, I started to seal the envelopes and attach stamps.

Remember when we licked stamps? I do and I don’t really miss it. I enjoyed just sticking them on. I had a bit of wistful nostalgia, though.

Things have changed. Some good. Some not so good. But all interesting. We don’t lick stamps. We send emails. I read from a tablet, not books. My car has seat warmers. I don’t have a home phone. My only phone is really a computer. Beer is better and stronger. My beard is thick, but graying. Music the kids listen too still stinks. I’m enjoying the holidays a bit more than I have in a while.

So many things have stayed the same, and they’re the most important ones. Family is still family. Friends are still friends. And it’s easy to miss them this time of year. This is a shot out to anyone I know and love.

Hey there!

Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays!

Be good to each other.

May all of the blessings and joy of the seasons fall upon you with abundance. May the new year be fruitful and happy.