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holidays:
Source: Mamo's House
If Christmas falls on Sunday, it means a warm winter and a hot dry summer.
On Monday: a foggy winter and a windy summer.
On Tuesday: a snowy winter and a very good summer.
On Wednesday: a hard winter and a wet summer.
On Thursday: a soft winter and a very good summer.
On Friday: a moderate winter and a moderate Autumn.
And on Saturday: a windy winter and a good summer.

A double helping of quotes for Thanksgiving

William Butler Yeats, in All Souls' Night
"Midnight has come and the great Christ Church bell
And many a lesser bell sound through the room;
And it is All Souls' Night.
And two long glasses brimmed with muscatel
Bubble upon the table. A ghost may come;
For it is a ghost's right..."

Ruth and Celia Duffin
Christmas Eve
A cup of milk
And a wheaten cake,
And a spark of fire
For the Travellers' sake.
A door on the latch,
A light on the pane,
Lest the Traveller's pass
In the wind and rain.
Food for the fire
And candlelight
The Travellers' Blessing
On us this night.

Adapted from a Celtic Christmas edited by MMairtin
In the dim past, mince pies were not round but oblong in shape and were meant to represent the manger where Jesus was born. Everything that went into making a pie had a connection with the gifts brought by the Three Wise Men. The candied peel represented gold, the mace stood for the frankincense and the cinnamon the myrrh.

Author Unknown
For our American visitors:
May your stuffing be tasty
May your turkey be plump,
May your potatoes and gravy
have nary a lump.
May your yams be delicious
and your pies take the prize,
and may your Thanksgiving dinner
stay off your thighs!

Kathleen Treanor
Christmas Eve the feast began,
It was a lovely sight,
To see the cozy country homes
lit up by candlelight.
To hear the voices loud and shrill
as folks passed on their way,
Wishing each and everyone
A happy Christmas Day.
Their hearts were light,
their pockets too,
They did not seem to care,
They lived their simple Irish lives
with faith in God and prayer.
Notes: From Christmas 1922

Frank McKibben
This is Christmas: not the tinsel, not the giving and receiving, not even the carols, but the humble heart that receives anew the wondrous gift, the Christ.

Eva K. Logue
A Christmas candle is a lovely thing;
It makes no noise at all,
But softly gives itself away;
While quite unselfish, it grows small.

Fr. Andrew Greeley
Meanings of Christmas
It might be easy to run away to a monastery, away from the commercialization, the hectic hustle, the demanding family responsibilities of Christmas-time. Then we would have a holy Christmas. But we would forget the lesson of the Incarnation, of the enfleshing of God the lesson that we who are followers of Jesus do not run from the secular; rather we try to transform it. It is our mission to make holy the secular aspects of Christmas just as the early Christians baptized the Christmas tree. And we do this by being holy people kind, patient, generous, loving, laughing people no matter how maddening is the Christmas rush!

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