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Title: Seasonal Greetings
Post by: vandermolen on December 24, 2012, 01:36:02 AM
Happy Christmas/Hanukkah etc from East Sussex,UK and every good wish for 2013 to everyone at GMG Forum.  :)
Title: Re: Seasonal Greetings
Post by: The new erato on December 24, 2012, 01:43:10 AM
Likewise from Norway!
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Post by: springrite on December 24, 2012, 03:15:15 AM
Season's Greetings to all from Beijing! (I know we are warmer than Norway, but it is minus 16 for the past two nights and the high was about minus 5)


I am copying this post I just posted on the Kimi thread:


Christmas According to Kimi

It is Christmas Eve here in Beijing. I put on some Christmas music. But Kimi, who counts Beethoven, Rachmaninov and Bach as her favorite, objected: "I don't want to listen to Bach on Christmas. I want to listen to Buddhist mantra chants."

After we ate, I told her we are going to shop for her presents. She can pick what she wants.
"I will pick what I want first, and then what Kevin wants, what Lily wants, what Sarah wants..."
"Wait! We are only buying Christmas presents for you, Kimi."
"No! You have to buy one for everyone in my kindergarten class!"
"Why is that?"
"Most of them don't celebrate Christmas. So most of them won't have Christmas presents. So they won't be happy. Christmas won't be Christmas unless every kid is happy. So you have to buy one for everyone!"

So, I will soon be on my way to buy Christmas presents for everyone, while listening to Buddhist mantras in my car.
Title: Re: Seasonal Greetings
Post by: The new erato on December 24, 2012, 03:19:09 AM
Season's Greetings to all from Beijing! (I know we are warmer than Norway, but it is minus 16 for the past two nights and the high was about minus 5)

+6 C predicted for the evening here in Bergen.... ;)
Title: Re: Seasonal Greetings
Post by: vandermolen on December 24, 2012, 04:16:35 AM
Season's Greetings to all from Beijing! (I know we are warmer than Norway, but it is minus 16 for the past two nights and the high was about minus 5)


I am copying this post I just posted on the Kimi thread:


Christmas According to Kimi

It is Christmas Eve here in Beijing. I put on some Christmas music. But Kimi, who counts Beethoven, Rachmaninov and Bach as her favorite, objected: "I don't want to listen to Bach on Christmas. I want to listen to Buddhist mantra chants."

After we ate, I told her we are going to shop for her presents. She can pick what she wants.
"I will pick what I want first, and then what Kevin wants, what Lily wants, what Sarah wants..."
"Wait! We are only buying Christmas presents for you, Kimi."
"No! You have to buy one for everyone in my kindergarten class!"
"Why is that?"
"Most of them don't celebrate Christmas. So most of them won't have Christmas presents. So they won't be happy. Christmas won't be Christmas unless every kid is happy. So you have to buy one for everyone!"

So, I will soon be on my way to buy Christmas presents for everyone, while listening to Buddhist mantras in my car.


Kimi is generous hearted! Buddhist's Mantras sound good. Are there Taoist mantras I wonder?
Title: Re: Seasonal Greetings
Post by: OrchestralNut on December 24, 2012, 04:18:28 AM
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays (a safe one!) to all GMGers.

May you enjoy a very festive holiday with all your beloved ones!  :)
Title: Re: Seasonal Greetings
Post by: Willoughby earl of Itacarius on December 24, 2012, 05:37:20 AM
I wish every one a Merry Christmas, and a good rutsch into the new year. May health and happiness be the main ingredients in 2013 and long afterwards.
Title: Re: Seasonal Greetings
Post by: SonicMan46 on December 24, 2012, 07:47:17 AM
Well, from North Carolina - HAPPY HOLIDAY SEASON & PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR!

I know that the pic below has been posted elsewhere, but worth a repeat - our menorah fully lit!  Dave  :)

(http://giradman.smugmug.com/Other/Miscellaneous/i-JNN8twd/0/O/Menorah_09.jpg)
Title: Re: Seasonal Greetings
Post by: North Star on December 24, 2012, 08:59:50 AM
Happy holidays, everyone!
Here's a view from the front balcony - a bit more snow now, though.
(http://files.myopera.com/KK91/albums/13301842/003r2.jpg)
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Post by: Elgarian on December 24, 2012, 09:31:08 AM
I'd also like to wish everyone here a very happy Christmas.
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Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on December 24, 2012, 09:33:17 AM
Same to you, wi' knobs on, feller!
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Post by: Elgarian on December 24, 2012, 09:42:55 AM
Same to you, wi' knobs on, feller!

Dear Santa,

Please cancel my Christmas order for some things with knobs on, as I now have an abundance of them. Instead, send Karl something really nice.
Yours truly, etc...
Title: Re: Seasonal Greetings
Post by: marvinbrown on December 24, 2012, 11:28:43 AM


  MERRY CHRISTMAS & A HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL GMG MEMBERS!!!!!!

  Will be listening to this Chistmas Day.......

 



  marvin
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Post by: madaboutmahler on December 24, 2012, 11:42:05 AM
Merry Christmas to everyone from here in England/Mahler land!! :)
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Post by: Lisztianwagner on December 24, 2012, 12:23:31 PM
I wish everyone to have a wonderful Christmas and all the best, from Italy!! :)
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Post by: Gurn Blanston on December 24, 2012, 12:35:17 PM
Happy Solstice from Gurn and Kaergard. Last Friday was a lovely one to celebrate, despite those Mayan killjoys! May the Winter Season bring you all best, no matter your particular belief. :)

8)
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Post by: Holden on December 24, 2012, 12:53:13 PM
..Best wishes and Seasons Greetings from Australia to all at GMG
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Post by: AnthonyAthletic on December 24, 2012, 01:56:45 PM
Merry Christmas to all GMG Members!!!!

Salutations from the North West of England  ;D

Tony
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Post by: Mirror Image on December 24, 2012, 07:01:38 PM
Merry Christmas and Seasons Greetings to all my friends from Northeast Georgia on this cold, foggy, damp Christmas Eve night.
Title: Re: Seasonal Greetings
Post by: Hollywood on December 25, 2012, 12:43:26 AM
Happy Holidays from Vienna, Austria!

(http://img.mota.ru/upload/wallpapers/2011/11/28/08/05/28789/mota_ru_1112705-preview.jpg)
Title: Re: Seasonal Greetings
Post by: Florestan on December 25, 2012, 02:56:49 AM
MERRY CHRISTMAS OR HAPPY HOLIDAYS EVERYONE! JOY TO THE WORLD!
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Post by: Papy Oli on December 25, 2012, 03:05:48 AM
Merry Christmas and season's greetings to all of you from sunny North Brittany  :D
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Post by: Brian on December 25, 2012, 06:36:48 AM
Merry Christmas and season's greetings to all of you from sunny North Brittany  :D

Ah, I see you have escaped winter in Suffolk, but have not gone too far!  ;D
Title: Re: Seasonal Greetings
Post by: OrchestralNut on December 25, 2012, 06:55:11 AM
Merry Christmas from Winnipeg, Canada!  It's a cold, but beautiful day!

-26 Celcius, -36 Celcius with the windchill.  -15 Farenheit.  Balmy, for these parts of inhabitation!  ;D
Title: Re: Seasonal Greetings
Post by: Papy Oli on December 25, 2012, 08:17:14 AM
Ah, I see you have escaped winter in Suffolk, but have not gone too far!  ;D

Not a huge departure, that's true  ;D
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Post by: DavidW on December 25, 2012, 02:15:37 PM
Happy Holidays! :)
Title: Re: Seasonal Greetings
Post by: kishnevi on December 25, 2012, 02:31:09 PM
חג שמח 

(That's Happy Holiday, to alleviate the need to reach for Babelfish.)
Here in SoFla, we're predicted to get record high temperatures tomorrow, in the mid 80s F.  But we did get a blast of winter over the weekend,  with temps down in the 50s.  (Yes, that's cold by us.)
Title: Re: Seasonal Greetings
Post by: Florestan on December 28, 2012, 10:03:51 AM
I'll be away from the internet from tomorrow til January 2nd next year so I wish you all A Happy & Prosperous New Year, full of wonderful music!
Title: Re: Seasonal Greetings
Post by: Coopmv on December 29, 2012, 08:43:34 AM
Likewise from Norway!

Every year in Norway is a good year, unlike the US ...
Title: Re: Seasonal Greetings
Post by: springrite on December 29, 2012, 09:07:28 AM
Every year in Norway is a good year, unlike the US ...

Instead of "The grass is greener", maybe we should say "The snow is whiter"?
Title: Re: Seasonal Greetings
Post by: Pohjolas Daughter on November 29, 2021, 09:05:49 AM
A very Happy Hanukkah to all who celebrate it!  :)  ❤️

PD
Title: Re: Seasonal Greetings
Post by: SonicMan46 on November 29, 2021, 09:43:17 AM
A very Happy Hanukkah to all who celebrate it!  :)  ❤️

PD

Hi PD - Susan & I have a 'mixed' marriage, she being Jewish and I brought up as Catholic; but she likes to celebrate Hunukkah by lighting the candles on a menorah (actually I'm the controller of the shamash) - she has a collection of five menorahs (one not shown in the first pic a while ago); the top right image is our usually used menorah (fully lit after 8 nights); last year, she wanted to change, so the bottom pic is our newest and more 'modernistic' menorah fully lit a year ago.  Dave :)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Other/Miscellaneous/i-zsVHLvK/0/a38a27a6/O/Menorah1JPG.jpg)  (https://photos.smugmug.com/Other/Miscellaneous/i-ptHnMGz/0/e49a4011/O/Menorah2.jpg)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Other/Miscellaneous/i-pbJFJ6X/0/5d29fea6/O/Menorah3.jpg)
Title: Re: Seasonal Greetings
Post by: Pohjolas Daughter on November 29, 2021, 09:57:55 AM
Hi PD - Susan & I have a 'mixed' marriage, she being Jewish and I brought up as Catholic; but she likes to celebrate Hunukkah by lighting the candles on a menorah (actually I'm the controller of the shamash) - she has a collection of five menorahs (one not shown in the first pic a while ago); the top right image is our usually used menorah (fully lit after 8 nights); last year, she wanted to change, so the bottom pic is our newest and more 'modernistic' menorah fully lit a year ago.  Dave :)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Other/Miscellaneous/i-zsVHLvK/0/a38a27a6/O/Menorah1JPG.jpg)  (https://photos.smugmug.com/Other/Miscellaneous/i-ptHnMGz/0/e49a4011/O/Menorah2.jpg)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Other/Miscellaneous/i-pbJFJ6X/0/5d29fea6/O/Menorah3.jpg)
Cool photos!  Nice that you can share and respect each other's faiths and holiday traditions.  :)

Here:  debating how much decorating for Christmas to do this year.  Currently taking a short break before going back to debunnyfying the living room, etc.  ::)

PD
Title: Re: Seasonal Greetings
Post by: SonicMan46 on November 29, 2021, 10:23:15 AM
Cool photos!  Nice that you can share and respect each other's faiths and holiday traditions.  :)

Here:  debating how much decorating for Christmas to do this year.  Currently taking a shot break before going back to debunnyfying the living room, etc.  ::)

PD

Well, when our son lived w/ us, he got a small toy each night of Hanukkah, and we also did a Christmas tree when he would get a bunch of more substantial presents - now with just the two of us (and of course Susan never having celebrated Christmas), we do no decorating.  BUT, there is a tradition here in Winston-Salem, which started out in the 1760s in the Moravian community of Salem - current Moravians (and others who are not but like the tradition) will put up a lighted Moravian star (see below) usually at the doorway and often will also place white candles in each window of the house - makes for a pleasant appearance at night; our two neighbors (not Moravian) follow the tradition.  Dave :)

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A Moravian star (German: Herrnhuter Stern) is an illuminated Advent, Christmas, or Epiphany decoration popular in Germany and in places in Europe and America where there are Moravian congregations, notably the Lehigh Valley of Pennsylvania and the area surrounding Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The stars take their English name from the Moravian Church, originating in Moravia. In Germany, they are known as Herrnhut stars, named after the Moravian Mother Community in Saxony, Germany, where they were first commercially produced.
Title: Re: Seasonal Greetings
Post by: Pohjolas Daughter on November 29, 2021, 10:32:40 AM
Well, when our son lived w/ us, he got a small toy each night of Hanukkah, and we also did a Christmas tree when he would get a bunch of more substantial presents - now with just the two of us (and of course Susan never having celebrated Christmas), we do no decorating.  BUT, there is a tradition here in Winston-Salem, which started out in the 1760s in the Moravian community of Salem - current Moravians (and others who are not but like the tradition) will put up a lighted Moravian star (see below) usually at the doorway and often will also place white candles in each window of the house - makes for a pleasant appearance at night; our two neighbors (not Moravian) follow the tradition.  Dave :)
Lovely tradition!  I also love seeing white candles in the windows.  :)

I have a neighbor whose husband brought with him his tradition of placing lit candles in their Christmas tree; and yes, house is still standing!  :D

Also, just realized that I had created a typo in my original reply to you (now fixed in my posting).  I had mentioned about taking a "short break" from cleaning, but had left out the "r"!  :-[  lol.  Now working on lunch and then back to cleaning.

PD
Title: Re: Seasonal Greetings
Post by: k a rl h e nn i ng on November 29, 2021, 10:39:11 AM
Lovely! Does my heart good!