Christmas is a special time for me.
I thank my parents and extended family of aunts, uncles for the joy and
delight that was ingrained in me as a child.
The richest are of
Christmas on our family farm, where
snow fell more plentifully than it does in Halifax and all was white and
Christmas in town is relatively routine.
Christmas in the city
seems too commercial;
in Halifax is still special.
I am told that
Christmas in Scotland is a more quiet
Hogmanay or New Year's.
True to my birth and life out here in the colonies, I commemorate both
events with deep appreciation and respect.
is the celebration of the birth of Jesus, the Christ Child.
Nativity scenes and a creche are very prominent in my decorations.
Christmas, for me, is the celebration of
survival of the challenges of the year, and whatever accomplishments there
the birth and beginning of a brand new year with promise;
the baptism and consecration of the new year.
For me, Christmas
is not one day, but the traditional
Twelve Days of Christmas
coming to a significant and rich climax of
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