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  •  The closest thing to a tradition (16+ / 0-)

    I grew up with was that, every year, we would go to a local church that set up a "Bethlehem Marketplace." It was actually pretty cool...the church went all out and had actors act out a number of scenes from the Christmas story. Then, there was a large marketplace filled with actors playing merchants who would give you food and other products. I kind of miss going there every year.

    Now, the closest thing to a tradition I have is that, sometime in December, I start buying Welch's sparkling grape juice. It's a holiday thing for me. :p

    Aaaaaand, the two people I had look over my American Historical Association conference paper said it's ready to present. I'm still skeptical, but I think I'll just trust them. I'm never going to be satisfied. Now I just have another paper to edit and finals to grade, and I am DONE.

    Homosexuality is found in over 450 species. Homophobia is found in only one. Which one seems unnatural now?

    by Chrislove on Tue Dec 11, 2012 at 07:13:06 PM PST

    •  On both Christmas and Thanksgiving... (11+ / 0-)

      I drink a small glass of a sweet red wine in memory of my Mother and her Mother. Nanny died when I was 8, and Mom always had a toast to her while we were getting the turkey in the oven. Once Mom passed away, I kept the tradition.

      I have NOT kept the Manischewitz, though. I can't buy a bottle of wine that I will drink exactly two glasses of all year. So we go for a nice sweet wine, or more recently a bit of port. Mr. Brillig joins me in this tradition, and one day I hope the kids will too.

      "But hate wears you down, and does not hurt your enemy. It is like taking poison and wishing your enemy would die." - - Cherokee saying

      by brillig on Tue Dec 11, 2012 at 07:26:15 PM PST

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