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The one with the Christmas Explanation

December18

So often lately, you hear people saying that there is a ‘war on Christmas’ – or that people are trying to lessen the importance of the Christian holiday season.  What a lot of people don’t understand is that the Holiday season itself – is a combination of multiple pagan celebrations and traditions that were co-opted by the early Catholic/Christian church in order to convert pagan believers to the Christian faith.

In my opinion, it’s truly important for people to understand what it is that they’re celebrating, in order to fully be able to say there are many different beliefs that celebrate during this season – and none of them are ‘right’, none of them are ‘wrong’ – they just are.  And people have as much of a right to celebrate what they believe as you have to celebrate what you believe.

So, let’s start off – why do we celebrate Christmas in December?

Christmas was not an official ‘celebration’ until after 350AD (nearly 350 years after the birth of Christ and 325ish years after his death)   During this time period, there were a number of pagan festivals that were also celebrated around the Winter Solstice.  These festivals (such as Saturnalia, Juvenailia, and Mithra) were celebrated to recognize that days were starting to grow longer.

There is no definite date as to when Jesus was born, however, scholars have indicated that it is most likely in April due to the fact that Mary and Joseph were traveling to Bethlehem to register for the census and pay their taxes.  Additionally, given other clues from documentation within the Bible, the likelihood that the birth was in December (or near the Solstice since December didn’t exist) was minimal.

During the growth of the Christian church after the death of Jesus,  Pope Julius I, noted that the pagan celebrations were popular among the people who were not yet Christians.   In order to co-opt the popularity of those celebrations – he declared that December 25th would be a celebration to honor the birth of Christ.    Therefore, days that were already used to celebrate the lengthening of the days after the winter solstice as well as honoring old gods and belief systems were not originally Christian.

Sunny Monday

April27

It was a pretty dreary and rainy weekend – but for the most part, I enjoyed it.  Saturday, I went to the Duke Lemur Center with Emily and her Daisy troop.  We spent a few hours walking around and looking at the different Lemur types that they have as part of their collection and learning a lot more about Lemurs than I ever knew there was to know.

Yesterday, I spent the day hanging out here at the house with Charles.  We didn’t do a whole lot – just puttered around and played our games – but usually what we want is a low key day so we’re ready to get back to the craziness of our respective weeks – so that’s what we did.  I actually finally watched the latest episode of Grey’s Anatomy.  I knew what was coming, but it was sad to watch anyway.  I still can’t believe that they wrote that character off in a way that he can’t ever come back – because I would like to think that in a perfect world, the surgical calvary would arrive to save the day!  (And if you don’t know what happened by now, sorry for the spoiler!)

Today, I did some work around the house.  Cleaned out a few cupboards in the kitchen and prepped cardboard to take to the recycling center tomorrow.  It’s part of a bigger de-cluttering project that I’m working on while I’m on break between jobs.  It’s coming,  slowly, but it’s coming!  Tomorrow, I’ll be tackling my office stuff, and depending on how that goes, by the end of the week, I’ll be working on my studio.  (No guarantees with that one, that’s a HUGE project and will most likely need a few days or weekends to work on).  It’s just something that needs done, and I’m afraid that if I spend too much time in it, it will be overwhelming and I won’t want to finish it – so a little bit at a time.  (It’s like eating an elephant, one bite at a time!)

So, today, the new job became even more real.  I got my official invitation for onboarding on Monday.  I’ll be in the office Monday morning, and not too long after I get there and get started, I’ll have my onboarding webinar.  I’m excited about it, and it looks like there are a number of people who are starting the same day that I am, so I’m looking forward to starting with a group of people who are as excited about this opportunity that I am.

The quote on today’s calendar is “It’s not what the world holds for you, it’s what you bring to it” – and that’s really true.  You can walk into any situation, and the way it treats you is truly based on your perception of things.  Bring your best game to the world around you, and you will most likely be thrilled with the results.

Making frittata tonight for Charles and I.  Tomorrow I’ll be cooking up a big old crock pot of ham and bean soup.  Not sure what else the week will bring.  I know I have lunch plans on Thursday, and Friday is Sushi Friday part 3. (I”m kind of hoping I can make this a weekly thing, just not sure of the distance between the new office and where they go!)

Enjoy your day – and breathe!

Sushi Friday Redux

April24

So, I’ve made it through the first week of vacation with my sanity intact.  I’ll be honest, while I have a lot to do, and am getting a lot of things done, I still feel like the last pea in the can, rattling around with no direction.

And maybe that’s a good thing – I’ve been so laser focused for the last few years – that the mental break is something that I’m not exactly used to.  I mean, I’d even work on vacation, think about work while we were away, and constantly be making myself notes while we were out and about so I wouldn’t forget the next thing I had to do.   It’s just a hard transition, going from the speed of sound to the sound of silence.   But I’m okay with it.

Yesterday, we went to see Home (Rana, Emily and I)  We had a great time – it was a VERY cute movie, and the voice actors were spot on ‘right’ for their roles.  Jim Parsons (Sheldon from BBT) was just awesome as Oh – if Sheldon was an alien, I’d see him as that cute little purple guy 🙂

Today, is Sushi Friday with the folks that Charles works with – so I’ll be meeting them, and afterwards running a few errands.  Then home, to continue reading on some software testing things to help get my brain ready for the new role I’ll be starting.   This weekend will be full of a lot of fun things – a day trip with Emily’s Girl Scout Daisy Troop, puttering around the house, and getting into some other things with Charles (Not exactly sure what’s on the agenda – but I kinda like spending time with him – go figure ;))

042415This is yesterday’s quote doodle.  It really resonated with me, because of everything that’s going on.  When you’re in the thick of things, you don’t ever think that you can ‘get out’ of it, because it’s just SO much.  Can’t fit it into your schedule, can’t make it work, can’t find the way out.  But that’s not true.  Really.  It’s not.  When you think things are impossible, and decide to take the leap and try anyway – that’s when things take a turn for you.  They start to happen – because you’re not focused on those roadblocks that you ‘think’ will keep you from getting to where you want to be.  A lot of the roadblocks we stumble over every day – are inventions of our own brains – not anything that is ACTUALLY there.  You just have to remember – that when you take a step outside of your comfort zone – there is a net there – and sometimes, it’s just pretty awesome.

 

Back in the Saddle…

April23

It’s been a long time since I’ve sat down with my editor and started writing about the things that are going on in my life and in my head.  And wow, have things really taken a few changes.  (All for the better – I promise!)

No Limits

American Authors sings a song called “Best Day of My Life” – and a line in that song is “No Limits, just Epiphanies”.  Over the past few weeks, I have really felt like light bulbs have been turning on for me, and the limits that are in my life, either external or self imposed have been lifted or removed.  And this is a good thing.  It makes me feel like there is very little that I cannot do – and I like that feeling.  I have felt so stagnant and static for the past year or so, and the time that I’d lost there, I’ll never really get back.

But all in all – it’s not a bad thing – I came out of it all having learned a lot, and understand and know more about the life that I want to have, and the things that I want and need to do to get there.    So, every step forward is a good thing – and as long as you continue to learn from the experiences you have in life – they will mean something to you.

One thing I can say that I am happy about, is that now that the day to day stress is relieved, I am finding the desire to ‘make’ things again.  I’ve been doing a little bit of doodling and drawing here and there.  (Like the card above).    I’ve got a collection of quotes that I’ve been storing for a bit (day to day calendars are awesome)  – As the spirit moves me, I’ll be doing a lettered card and keeping it handy – since they are all somewhat inspiring to me.

I have a few other things that I want to work on as well – and I’ll be working on those here and there.  Having this kind of an unexpected break in the action of my life is something that I wasn’t planning for, but it will be a good thing.  It’s all in  how you spin it.

One thing I do want to start doing is writing more – I have found in the past, that it helps me work through some of the stuff that I am working through and going with.  I have had this blog for years, and it comes and goes in spurts – because I don’t make the TIME for it.  SO, I’m going to start making an appointment with myself to write every day.  It may be on my lunch hour – it may be right when I get home from work, or before bed.  But I will be writing more frequently.

So, while I debate what I’m going to be writing – I’m thinking that I’ve got lots of things to focus on – so topics may jump around for a bit until it settles into what it needs to be at this point in time.   So, bear with – hang in there – and speak up if you want to know something!

Sunday Nerves..

November2

Been trying to keep myself busy today so I’m not thinking about tomorrow.  It’s not that hard to do, because man, I have a lot of stuff that I want and need to do.  But honestly, my mind keeps wandering back to tomorrow and my trip to the Dentist.

In some ways, I’m looking forward to it – because I just want all of this to be over and done with – but again, I dread it, because I’ve had so many bad experiences in the past, and well, I’m afraid it’s going to happen again.  I know I’m borrowing trouble from tomorrow, and I don’t need to – but it is what is – and I”m trying to make sure that I don’t borrow too much.  (The interest and penalties are a bitch!)

Going to take a nap I think – and then run my Siege raid tonight.   Then – take two valium and crash before bed.

More later!

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