The Faces of December




December: a month when people celebrate, and praise, the glory of the Great Intelligence.


December 8


Bodhi Day: a Buddhist holiday that celebrates the day Buddha (Siddhartha Gotama) experienced Enlightenment.
Siddhartha made a vow to heaven and earth to find the root to suffering, or to die trying; so he entered into deep stage of meditation. In the middle of it he was harassed and tempted by the Hindu god Mara (Lord of illusion) yet he didn’t succumb to it. Then he fell into an even deeper meditative stage; and when the sun rose, Siddhartha became Enlightened (since he found the answers to his questions) and experienced Nirvana; which is why he became a Buddha (Awakened One).


December 5-12 (25th of Kislev – 3rd of Tevet)




Hannukah: the Jewish festival of the lights.
Antiochus IV, in 167 B.C, severely oppressed the Jewish people by prohibiting the practice of their religion, by placing a Hellenistic priest in the temple and by desecrating it. A war against the oppression broke, under the leadership of the Maccabees, who defeated Antiochus’ armies. Enraged by this, Antiochus marched against the Jewish people while threatening to exterminate the Jewish nation but, while marching, he died mysteriously.
The temple was rededicated; and everybody realised that there was only enough oil to burn for one day (for the menorah was supposed to burn throughout the night every night), yet it burned for eight days (the required time to prepare a fresh supply). An 8-day festival was declared to celebrate the miracle of the oil.


December 25
Christmas: holiday that celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ (this date is traditional and it isn’t viewed as his actual date of birth).
It is a Christian belief that the Messiah was born to the Virgin Mary (thus fulfilling many prophecies made centuries prior to his birth); in the city of Bethlehem. The nativity took place in a stable, surrounded by farm animals, and the baby Jesus was laid in a manger. The first ones to see the child were shepherds (who had been told of the birth by an Angel); then the Three wise Men (Balthazar, Melchior and Caspar) joined them, by following the star of Bethlehem, and offered Jesus gold, frankincense and myrrh (one of the reasons why gifts are exchanged in this holiday).
Christmas festivities combine the celebration of Christ’s birth with several pagan customs: the decoration of trees, the eating of ham, the hanging of mistletoes, chocolate logs – all associated with Yule (which is celebrated in December 21-22).
Some people wonder if too much importance is being given to secular Christmas (Santa Claus and ultra consumption) rather than glorifying the birth of Jesus…

December lonely faces

During this festive month it is not unusual to find people who do not have anybody with whom to share a smile, a hug and/or even a meal.
My special thoughts, and prayers, go to all of those who find themselves complete and totally alone.

Merry festivities!

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Comments

  1. Wow, I didn't even know there were so many religious celebration in Dec.!

    I'm more a Chinese new year kind of girl... ;)

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  2. Hey Zhu,

    lol you didn't?! Well, I am glad that I could info you then :)!

    I tried to include a Chinese festivity, but it was impossible *shrugging*!

    Cheers

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  3. Max…another interesting article for the….an invitation to thought….very nice…

    I would like to start by wishing you and all your guests no matter their beliefs )or no beliefs) a wonderful December! There are indeed many “Faces of December”.

    Max I loved your intro line…
    “December: a month when people celebrate, and praise, the glory of the Great Intelligence.”

    To often people do not meditate upon the “Great Intelligence”. As a follower of Jesus I am to love God with all of my heart, soul, mind and strength. To often we delve to shallow depth in pondering the wisdom and knowledge of God….

    Max eloquently wrote:
    Bodhi Day: a Buddhist holiday that celebrates the day Buddha (Siddhartha Gotama) experienced Enlightenment.
    Siddhartha made a vow to heaven and earth to find the root to suffering, or to die trying; so he entered into deep stage of meditation. In the middle of it he was harassed and tempted by the Hindu god Mara (Lord of illusion) yet he didn’t succumb to it. Then he fell into an even deeper meditative stage; and when the sun rose, Siddhartha became Enlightened (since he found the answers to his questions) and experienced Nirvana; which is why he became a Buddha (Awakened One).

    In response I respectfully submit…
    Happy Bodhi Day! To any Buddhist that may visit here.

    Max I am wondering if you believe in all of the Buddhist teaching, if not all which do you believe in and which do you reject and why? How about Hinduism?

    Would you consider Buddhism as simply philosophy or as a religion?

    Respectfully…take these following words as analysis with no emotion attached….

    I note that this date is a “traditional” date for the “enlightenment”.
    Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bodhi_Day

    And that no Buddhist texts were written for at least 400 years after Siddhartha so there is uncertainty about this date and his teachings, or when he was born or died.
    Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gautama

    So this being said there is no way Siddhartha experienced Nirvana….they were not a band till the late 80’s early 90’s, Kurt Kobain wasn’t born till 1967 (a small injection of humor into my emotionless comment…I did say small).



    Max majestically wrote:
    Hannukah: the Jewish festival of the lights.
    Antiochus IV, in 167 B.C, severely oppressed the Jewish people by prohibiting the practice of their religion, by placing a Hellenistic priest in the temple and by desecrating it. A war against the oppression broke, under the leadership of the Maccabees, who defeated Antiochus’ armies. Enraged by this, Antiochus marched against the Jewish people while threatening to exterminate the Jewish nation but, while marching, he died mysteriously.
    The temple was rededicated; and everybody realised that there was only enough oil to burn for one day (for the menorah was supposed to burn throughout the night every night), yet it burned for eight days (the required time to prepare a fresh supply). An 8-day festival was declared to celebrate the miracle of the oil.

    In response I respectfully submit…
    To any Jewish guests Happy Hannukah!

    Max I am wondering what Jewish beliefs you hold to or reject….

    No doubt Antiochus was a real tyrant even murdering his infant half brother! His actions against the Jewish people were reprehensible to say the least!

    Max do you believe this event actually occurred in regards to the oil? Do you believe that a miracle occurred?

    Max creatively explored….
    Christmas: holiday that celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ (this date is traditional and it isn’t viewed as his actual date of birth).
    It is a Christian belief that the Messiah was born to the Virgin Mary (thus fulfilling many prophecies made centuries prior to his birth); in the city of Bethlehem. The nativity took place in a stable, surrounded by farm animals, and the baby Jesus was laid in a manger. The first ones to see the child were shepherds (who had been told of the birth by an Angel); then the Three wise Men (Balthazar, Melchior and Caspar) joined them, by following the star of Bethlehem, and offered Jesus gold, frankincense and myrrh (one of the reasons why gifts are exchanged in this holiday).
    Christmas festivities combine the celebration of Christ’s birth with several pagan customs: the decoration of trees, the eating of ham, the hanging of mistletoes, chocolate logs – all associated with Yule (which is celebrated in December 21-22).
    Some people wonder if too much importance is being given to secular Christmas (Santa Claus and ultra consumption) rather than glorifying the birth of Jesus…

    In response I respectfully submit…
    Merry Christmas to any who are inclined to receive such an overture…

    Max you are accurate in that we do not know the exact day of Jesus’ birth but of course we do know the exact days he died…and rose from the dead (and of course have writings from people who actually knew Him and from non-Christian contemporaries writing about Him).

    I recognize you are perhaps describing a popular perception of the events around the birth of Jesus but many of these do not hold up Biblically (I think you know this and chose to go with a traditional setting for the ascetic aspect in an expression of your delightful creativity…and maybe you are baiting me….bite :)

    As the Scripture describe the infant Jesus being laid in a manger (crib or manger, a manger can be a feeding trough) some surmise it was a stable, it may have also been some close by caves (of course there are some such caves in the area, which are incidentally in an area known to be used by shepherds….so a stable is probably a good representation.)

    There is absolutely no mention of “Three wise Men” in Scripture. Three gifts were given to Jesus the Messiah and King so some surmise three wise men. No individual names are given at all for these wise men. The gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh are gifts fit for a king. Matthew 2:11 tells us that these wise men then “worshipped” Jesus.

    The wise men Biblically speaking actually come to Jesus at least days later or after the great Roman census that had “forced” Joseph and Mary to go to Bethlehem, they are actually now in a “house” at the time of the arrival of the wise men. Therefore the commonly telescoped events of the wise men and shepherds together is probably unlikely but do make interesting imagery.

    The “Christmas Festivities” are quite interesting I would interject that Christmas festivities did not “combine” with pagan practices but over time superseded them particularly in the modern era, not many today want to partake in the animal sacrifice that went with pagan Yule for example, but yet some today traditionally would eat pork, the original animal sacrificed was probably wild boar (pre-Christian sources of information on practices in regards to Yule are actually very limited.) Although here in North America it is predominantly turkey even for those from North European countries where those kinds of pagan practices occurred.

    Interestingly as you mentioned about the commercialization and consumerism of “Christmas” this Jesus honoring event is now in some places being superseded itself. And for many it has also come to be thought of as a “time for family”. Both have little to do with the true meaning of Christmas which is that God Himself chose to come to earth as the God-man Jesus because He loves us so very much, this is where the idea of gifts comes from….the great gift of Jesus and the free gift of salvation….of course one must be willing to receive a gift you can’t earn it.

    Max you have placed an interesting face on each of these perspectives, and it has been a pleasant path to walk along with you…thanks and well done….

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  4. Dec. 8th is also the Feast of the Immaculate Conception in Roman Catholcism. A widely held misconception is that the feast day honors Mary getting knocked up without sex. It actually refers to Mary being concieved without the stain of original sin upon her soul.

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  5. GREAT introduction to different types of celebrations in December, Max he he he he...

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  6. Hello LS,

    All that? And I thought I was going easy on people this week lol. Quand même: thank you *bowing*!

    "I would like to start by wishing you and all your guests no matter their beliefs )or no beliefs) a wonderful December! There are indeed many “Faces of December”." - Thank you, my friend :). I wish you a marvellous and delightful December, yourself :).

    "To often people do not meditate upon the “Great Intelligence”. As a follower of Jesus I am to love God with all of my heart, soul, mind and strength. To often we delve to shallow depth in pondering the wisdom and knowledge of God…." - how true this is. Although I am not a follower of Jesus, such as yourself, I do love God with all my might (if it weren't for Him I wouldn't exist). I have no words to describe my relationship with God...if I start you might think that I am a fanatic or something LOL :).

    "Max I am wondering if you believe in all of the Buddhist teaching, if not all which do you believe in and which do you reject and why? How about Hinduism?" - I begin by telling you that I have read a few books on Hinduism, and as much as I agree with some of its philosophy (reincarnation, Karma, love relationship between two people etc), I don't feel related to it since I wouldn't be able to adore, worship their divinities. For me there's only One God, and I only serve Him. About the Buddhist teaching: I have studied it, a few years ago; and I tried to be a Buddhist and all...but, I couldn't stop serving God. Buddhism states that there isn't an interfering God and I couldn't, nor can't, agree with this...so, I quit.
    To answer your question: the eightfold path makes sense (I think that if we train our minds to have the right view, intention, speech, action, livelihood, effort, mindfullness and concentration we can deal with suffering - dukkah - better, and more peacefully), therefore it was easily accepted by me; I also like the buddhist meditation (for it is very hard to empty one's mind, and float in the black velvetness of thought. It took me 3 years to do so, and this accomplishment gave me a sense of discipline and focus); I also agree with the rebirth theory (although I reject the idea that when humans commit suicide they reincarnate in plants and animals); you know how I feel about Karma (and the Buddhist theory is very interesting, cause it gave me a whole new perspective on Karma: I learned that intention plays a big role in acquiring the chains of Karma, ex: if one murders with the intent of murdering a person, this person creates a serious Karmic link with the victim and the Universe; whereas if one kills another person by accident, one may create a Karmic link with the victim, but not with the Universe...).

    "Would you consider Buddhism as simply philosophy or as a religion?" - I would consider it a simple, yet quite complex, philosophy of life.

    LOL it's ok, LS (why would I attach emotion to your correction?); yes, the date is like Xmas date: traditional :).

    "And that no Buddhist texts were written for at least 400 years after Siddhartha so there is uncertainty about this date and his teachings, or when he was born or died. Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gautama" - Wikipedia is not the most reliable source, is it? Buddha transmitted his teachings orally, since he became enlightened until he reached Paranirvana; so I am not surprised that it was written centuries later. But anyway, Abraham also lived +/- 400 years before Moses and that didn't stop Moses from writing about the beginning of things (I know that God spoke to Moses; but how do we know that some entity didn't inspire the author of the first Buddhist texts?).

    "So this being said there is no way Siddhartha experienced Nirvana….they were not a band till the late 80’s early 90’s, Kurt Kobain wasn’t born till 1967 (a small injection of humor into my emotionless comment…I did say small)." - LOL LOL LOL that's a good one, LS :). I didn't like Kurt Kobain nor his Nirvana band. I had some class mates that cried when he died, burned candles and smoked weed in his memory LOL *nodding*. And then in class asked to read a poem, by Kobain: "rape me, rape me, my friend! (...)" - I started laughing; I didn't want to, but it was beyond my control *nodding*.

    "Max I am wondering what Jewish beliefs you hold to or reject…." - LOL LOL oh boy, I can't wait to reach the Christmas section LOL. I hold the Jewish belief that God is One and Only; that He is eternal and incorporeal; that He is Omnipresent, Omnipotent, and Omniscient; that the Messiah will come; and that Moses received the Law from God. The only thing I reject is one saying (and this has nothing to do with beliefs): "it is said that God sent ten traits of communication, women took nine!" LOL LOL *nodding*.

    "No doubt Antiochus was a real tyrant even murdering his infant half brother! His actions against the Jewish people were reprehensible to say the least!" - I agree with you.

    "Max do you believe this event actually occurred in regards to the oil? Do you believe that a miracle occurred?" - yes, I do believe this miracle occurred. I believe that God, Himself, took Antiochus' life half way; and I strongly believed that He kept the menorah burning for 8 days; as a sign that He was still there (that although the desecration He had come to sanctify the temple again): His people needed not to be afraid, Shekhina was there...

    "I recognize you are perhaps describing a popular perception of the events around the birth of Jesus but many of these do not hold up Biblically (I think you know this and chose to go with a traditional setting for the ascetic aspect in an expression of your delightful creativity…and maybe you are baiting me….bite :)" - lol lol yes, I am aware that some of the events described are not supported by the bible (the 3 Wise Men, for example); however that's the traditional tale, and it is such a cute one :). But I also wanted to bait you, I confess LOL!

    "There is absolutely no mention of “Three wise Men” in Scripture. Three gifts were given to Jesus the Messiah and King so some surmise three wise men. No individual names are given at all for these wise men. The gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh are gifts fit for a king. Matthew 2:11 tells us that these wise men then “worshipped” Jesus." - Jesus' role cannot be diminished; of course he was a king (after all he was royal); and plus he came to play an important role (build Christianity, and be part of God's Two-in-One plan).

    "(pre-Christian sources of information on practices in regards to Yule are actually very limited.)" - probably burned by the Christians *nodding*.
    "Although here in North America it is predominantly turkey even for those from North European countries where those kinds of pagan practices occurred." - I tried to be pagan too, but found a little difficult to call God Cernunnos (this name has such a sexual connotation to it, that I couldn't possibly use it on God *nodding*). Plus, so many divinities....*nodding*. However, some of their energetic philosophies makes sense. We also eat turkey too, here in Portugal.

    "And for many it has also come to be thought of as a “time for family”." - this makes sense, since it may represent that little family: Mary, Joseph and Emmanuel.
    "Both have little to do with the true meaning of Christmas which is that God Himself chose to come to earth as the God-man Jesus because He loves us so very much, this is where the idea of gifts comes from….the great gift of Jesus and the free gift of salvation….of course one must be willing to receive a gift you can’t earn it." - you know how I feel about this: God didn't come to earth; He sent a special soul to fullfil His Two-in-One plan. Yes, perhaps the idea of gifts stems from that thought too (so many opinions): it makes sense :).

    "Max you have placed an interesting face on each of these perspectives, and it has been a pleasant path to walk along with you…thanks and well done…" - Thank you so much, LS *bowing*! But in fact I preferred yours...it was entertaining yet it addressed serious issues: well done :).

    Cheers

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  7. Hey Amelia,

    Thanks, girl :)! I am glad you liked it *bowing*!

    Cheers

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  8. Hey LB,

    Thanks for coming and leaving a comment :).

    Yes, I am quite aware of that Feast, since it is a national religious holiday here in Portugal (the Portuguese always look forward to that holiday to use it as an excuse to skip work; but this year it falls on a Saturday, so: no can do).
    We are a Roman Catholic country, although we like to pretend that we are secular...

    I'll visit your blog in a while.

    Cheers

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  9. Hi LB nice to meet you…

    As you explained….
    “Dec. 8th is also the Feast of the Immaculate Conception in Roman Catholcism. A widely held misconception is that the feast day honors Mary getting knocked up without sex. It actually refers to Mary being concieved without the stain of original sin upon her soul.”

    My response to this is that Mary the mother of Jesus is most blessed among women….and that nothing in Scripture supports her being “concieved without the stain of original sin upon her soul”. As she herself says “And my spirit has rejoiced in God my savior” (Luke 1:47) since Mary recognized she was a sinner in need of a savior I believe her.

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  10. Hey Max
    Got your note. Your link is up at http://vptvrelationships.blogspot.com. Please put mine up when you get a chance.
    Viewer Participation TeleVision

    Best,
    Lyle

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  11. LS,

    I must confess that I do agree with you on this one: Mary was the most blessed among women...what an honour :)!

    Cheers

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  12. Hey Lyle,

    Thank you very much *bowing*!
    I will add your link to my blogroll, still today :)!

    Cheers

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  13. Hi Max! My wordpress account moved to http://mlizcochico.com, i still maintain the blogspot tho. hope you'd find time to drop by. Take care!

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  14. Max, thanks for letting us know, I knew about Christmas, lol. I am fortunate to celebrate twice, since my husband is Roman catholic (Italian), so we get to celebrate in December, and myself Ukrainian (Greek catholic), so again we get to celebrate 2 weeks later, in January. I am glad that you mention the Jewish celebration and I am always sadden by their suffering. I have studied literature, and watch many documentaries, and I am just so sadden about the evil side of humanity and how could they done such terrible thing. Many times I have these images front of my eyes from documentary movies or books, as the kids walk to the end of their life (the furnace) :(. Great post Max as always, and you will be hearing from me to your comments on my blog soon. Anna :)

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  15. Hey Liza,

    Thanks for the update :)! I will change the link in my site :).

    Cheers

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  16. Anna,

    Long time no see! Where have you been :)?
    You are very much welcome :). Oh, so your husband is Italian? How nice!!! :). Wow, so...did you get married twice as well? This is so interesting :-D!
    Yeah, it was sad, indeed; all the things that were done to the Jewish people *nodding*. But it will never happen again :).
    Thanks, Anna...and don't be a stranger :)! I will be looking forward to hearing from you :).

    Cheers

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  17. Max dear I have been around, just busy, may be one day I will blog about it, lol. Nothing to worry though, and as I mention to LS, I think the cold weather tends to slow us down here in Canada, just like going from water to ice cubes, and we always like to blame on the work and everything else, lol, I guess that is human nature. My blogging been very scattered, just landing on one blog, leaving message/comment, and then off I am go to do laundry or cook, work, etc. Yes my hobby is Italian, and no I have been married only once, thank god, he was my only first real date and the last - at my school days I found dating a destruction, because there were always these things I like to do, and may be I could only focus on the one thing at a time, lol. I don't think I would be able to live through wedding planning again, especially where Italians and Ukrainians are so culturally oriented. Don't get me wrong, I love culture, but sometimes I find it too too much and to structural. I have actually been thinking about you, and missing the conversations we had, I just wish that I had wireless everywhere, then I could take my laptop with me and use it while we are driving to my parents or parents in law or anywhere else. So next time if I am not around, remember, I am still thinking about you......:). And yes what happened to Jews will never happen again. Anna :)

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  18. Is it already that time again?

    I think I need someplace quite to contemplate nirvana.

    ~Oswegan

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  19. Hello Max! Thank you for for reminding us that Christmas is not the only December celebration! And also that there is no Celebration at all for those who have no one to care for them! It is easy with the holiday scurry to forget that,Thank you!!!

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  20. Dear Anna,

    Being busy is good :). LOL yeah, I know what you mean: winter gets in the way indeed *nodding*.
    Blogging absorbs a lot of time, it's true; and then there's real life, isn't it there? That's what I was telling Oswegan the other day: I am not married yet, nor have kids so I can invest some of my time to blogging; however it is not that easy for family bloggers *shrugging*.
    I was asking if you had got married in both Roman Catholic and Greek churches (thus the twice lol). I also found dating a distraction, that is why I started dating after I become an adult (21). So, you husband was your first real date, that is so cute :)! LOL LOL so, wedding planning was sort of nightmarish, ey? I can only immagine :).
    I know that you think of me, it's ok, Anna...I know how life goes :). So, in case we are not around, we can both be sure that we are thinking about each other *tender face*. You are such a kind lady, I like you :).
    Amen!

    Cheers

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  21. Hey Scott,

    Yes, it is already that time...lol...
    LOL LOL.... I bet you are a Xmas kind of dad :)!

    Cheers

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  22. Hey Genevieve!

    You are most welcome *bowing*! Yes, it is quite easy to forget about those who spend these festivities alone; and they shouldn't be forgotten :). May God be with them; may God be with you :).

    Cheers

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  23. Hey Max,
    Thanks for all of those rather interesting facts about December. I always love learning the history and origin of events, words, history, you name it.

    Peace be with you my sisiter!

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  24. Hey Alexys,

    You are most welcome :)! I know what you mean: I am like that as well.

    Thank you, and may the Light be with you, sister :)!

    Cheers

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  25. This is a lovely, inclusive post! Kudos to you, max!

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  26. Hi Max! Thank you so much :). Take care and have a nice day!

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  27. Hey Linda,

    Welcome to MAX! I am so glad you liked it :): thank you *bowing*!

    Thanks for having dropped by, and for your kind comment :)!

    Cheers

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  28. Hello Schumey,

    Thanks for having dropped by :)!
    You are most welcome *bowing*.

    Have nice day yourself :).

    Cheers

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  29. Max,
    So many people get caught up in Christmas that they don't realize that there are quite a few other celebrations during December. This was a great post, gently telling us that sometimes we need to look outside of our own little spheres.

    Nicely done.

    I was reading some of the comments and discovered that you bow a lot. should I read anything into that??? (just kidding.)

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  30. Mel,

    Thank you for your kind comment :).
    Oh yes, sometimes we do need to look beyond what surrounds us :).

    LOL You should read that I am humble, and that I respect humans *bowing*!

    Cheers

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  31. Hey Max, oh now I know what you were asking. No we did not go that route, only one church was enough, for us the God is the same, just different traditions, and hobby is really easy going, he will follow me anywhere, lol. It was really nice of him, and plus I think there was a bit more of religious structure on my side, and so it was easy to follow one. It really worked out good for both of us. But then the party we did Ukrainian band with Itailian food, however, the band was able to play some Italian music too to cater. Oh and I forgot to mention, the ukr priest was able to speak Italian, so to cater Italians again he did some prayers in Italian. I tell you Max, we were so lucky with the wedding stuff in order to keep both sides happy. But yes there where moments that I just walked away - you know me. I like prefection, but I don't like perfection in nature, so to tell you one funny story here: I requested just simple flowers simply just put together in simple arrangement, in stead I got this perfect arrangement of flowers into a prefect sphere, and big one too, oh, I tell you I was shaking it where ever I went to make it imprefect, and at some point passing dog ate couple of rose heads, lol. Well, now I laugh about it. Oh well I better go and do some work. You got some nice turn out on this post, great idea to bring people to celebrate month of December. Anna :)

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  32. Hey Anna,

    I agree with you: God is the same for every religion :). "he will follow me anywhere" - that is so cute, love is in the air :).
    Italian food is just dreamy: I love it! lol so everybody was happy: both Ukrainians and Italians...that is marvellous :-D!
    "I tell you Max, we were so lucky with the wedding stuff in order to keep both sides happy." - that is the hardest thing to do when there are two cultures involved, isn't it?
    LOL I like perfection too, can you believe that?

    "oh, I tell you I was shaking it where ever I went to make it imprefect, and at some point passing dog ate couple of rose heads, lol." - LOL LOL LOL LOL this is funny indeed...but at the time you must've been nervous lol...

    "You got some nice turn out on this post, great idea to bring people to celebrate month of December." - thank you :). LS and I wanted Graffiti to share the festivities with our friend-readers. We wanted it to be joyful :).

    I love our girl talks; they are so interesting :).

    Cheers

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  33. Wow, so many comments!

    But happy festivities indeed. But don't they say all Gods are one?

    Everything else is just a messenger?

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  34. Hey Shan,

    Thank you :)!
    Yes, they all say that God is one; however there are people who disagree :).

    I agree with you: there are a lot of messengers :).

    Cheers and Happy festivities, Shan!

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  35. You called? Lol

    It is incredibly intolerant to tell the majority of the people on the planet that they are all to stupid to realize they worship the same god or God.

    All of the major belief systems are exclusive in this regard….they ALL claim their way is the only way…to claim they are all worshipping the same god or God is also a claim of exclusivity because you are saying they are ALL wrong and you are right…..you are excluding them…

    There is nothing wrong with people peacefully co-existing with various beliefs; there is no reason to pretend we all believe in the same God, we don’t….

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  36. Yes, I did call LOL!

    LS; you know well that I believe that God is only One and the same!

    You don't agree, and it's ok, it's your right to do so :)!

    Cheers

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  37. Hi, Girlfriend!

    I wanna share another award with you:

    BFF

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  38. Hi Max, thanks for your comment. About God being the same, falls under your previous excellent post about truth. On the end the God is here to guide us in the right direction, and we are the ones responsible for our actions - if you know what I mean. This can open up a new topic, how people will go to church yet pray for things that I just wouldn't imagine to pray for, meaning materialistics stuff.

    Yes it is the hardest part keeping the both sides happy, but yet someone was looking after us, to bless us with such conviniences to make both sides happy afterall.

    Keep up the good work with your posts, they are so fun to carry conversations and learn about each other, and in general just learning about life.

    Thanks Max, and will see you around. Have a good weekend if you don't hear from me again. Snow storm is moving into our town, so hopefullllyyyyyy will not snowed us too much. Anna :)

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  39. And for many of these celebrations, we get time off. I look forward to it. :)

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  40. Hey Manimala,

    How true :)!
    Happy festivities!!

    Cheers

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  41. Hi Maximum Hostessus….

    LOL

    I wanted to let you know that I am very much enjoying you being more interactive with your guests. You are an eloquent and generous hostess….

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  42. Hey Amelia,

    Thank you *bowing*! I will drop by your place to grab it...meanwhile I must prepare a speech lol...

    Merci encore...

    Cheers

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  43. Anna,

    You are most welcome :).

    "On the end the God is here to guide us in the right direction, and we are the ones responsible for our actions - if you know what I mean." - I know perfectly what you mean, Anna; and I agree with you. God guides us into the right direction (of course we must seek for His guidance, for Him...although I don't think that it is a sine qua non condition; He is more merciful than we expect Him to be), but it is up to us to choose how we wish to act (and after that choice is made, we are the only ones to be accountable for it), this is free-will.

    "This can open up a new topic, how people will go to church yet pray for things that I just wouldn't imagine to pray for, meaning materialistics stuff." - well, some defend the theory that without materialistic stuff one can't concentrate on the spiritual side of life. I don't agree with this, entirely...but for some people it seems to work *shrugging*. I think that one should go to church to thank the Lord for everything that is good and bad (cause even bad things hold a purpose, and we should be thankful for them); and praise His name and glory :). And why not seek for comfort also...:).

    "Keep up the good work with your posts, they are so fun to carry conversations and learn about each other, and in general just learning about life." - thank you, Anna. But I must share a secret with you: I am the one learning about life from you guys! Your thoughts, comments give me a glimpse of life; they are part of the ingredients to my posts; and for that I thank you all *bowing*.

    "Snow storm is moving into our town, so hopefullllyyyyyy will not snowed us too much. Anna :) " - oh my...! I hope you will be safe :).

    I had a nice weekend, thanks :).
    We see each other around!

    Cheers

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  44. LSus,

    "You are an eloquent and generous hostess…. " - you must want something...no, you cannot have a debate now LOL LOL..you must wait until my next article LOL LOL LOL *nodding*!

    Seriously now, thank you, my friend :). I am also enjoying the interactivity...I have to thank Anna for it :)!

    Cheers

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  45. Hi Max,
    I just wanted to let you now that my Proudest Moment Post is up. Sorry it took so long.

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  46. My dear Mel,

    Thank you for having advised me...I will be coming over to your blog shortly :).

    Cheers

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  47. Hey Amelia,

    No, girl; I don't mind :)! Although I think that Liza has already tagged me for that one ;)!
    Thanks :)!

    I am on my way to your place....

    Cheers

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  48. Greetings to all. I want to thank everyone for their input here and thank you too Max for providing the fodder for us to discuss.

    I'm not big on the celebrating end of things (I do love thanksgiving though) but I understand why people do. I'm thankful to you for your informative post about some of the December celebrations and beliefs surrounding them.

    I very much appreciate the ending of your post and do hope that people will remember that there are people who will be alone and maybe hungry - this is something I had just posted about myself and I'm glad to see that we're in step on this so to speak.

    Peace, love and understanding.

    ~ RubyShooZ ~

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  49. Hello Ruby,

    Thanks for dropping by :)!

    I will come by your blog to read your latest post :)...

    Yes, it is important to remember those who are alone in this world *bowing*!

    Peache, dear!

    Cheers

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  50. "I am the one learning about life from you guys! Your thoughts, comments give me a glimpse of life; they are part of the ingredients to my posts; and for that I thank you all" - good attitude to have Max, and I admire that in you. Don't you hate (not really hate, just an expression), when someone won't let you speak because they know it all, and when they listen you can just see the words entering one ear and leaving the other, lol. With blogging it is two way traffic, and only those who truly listen stick around.
    About God, I am not sure how to say it, but it is the equal game, he guides us, we apply the guides, and yet not to forget about Him we follow him and his further guides. Thanks Max for your comments, and yes we have full loads of snow here, lol. It is beautiful snow, so light and up to our knees. But then it seems like all we are doing is driving in snow blizzards and traffic, shoveling snow at night and then in the morning, and de-icing also as it sometimes rains before - I am glad that me and my hobby are working together so I don't have to drive in the stormy weather, and we we both can do the shoveling and cleaning, it really helps. Well there is nothing we can do, and once you see the snow so beautiful, it does not matter. Thanks for your comments, as always. Anna :)

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  51. Anna,

    You are very kind *bowing*...
    Yes, I hate it when people want to flaunt their knowledge on others and make them feel ignorant (it drives me crazy); specially because we don't know everything that there is; we learn new stuff everyday, and people are an excellent source of knowledge. We may read all the books in the world, all the sites on the web, interact with as many people as possible, and still...we don't know enough.
    I am grateful to God for the knowledge I have, but I always ask for more lol. And one of the many ways to get it is by talking to people :).

    " With blogging it is two way traffic, and only those who truly listen stick around." - how true this is, Anna...indeed.

    "About God, I am not sure how to say it, but it is the equal game, he guides us, we apply the guides, and yet not to forget about Him we follow him and his further guides." - I hear you. But I think that it is a bit impossible to forget Him; for He is within each and one of us :). But I get you mean.

    No need to thank me, it's my pleasure :). Snow up to your knees..sounds cold lol lol...
    I find it cute when couples work together :).

    Cheers

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  52. Hi Max and Anna (and for that matter everybody else getting this comment);

    Max you said to Anna (I will also provide her words for context):

    "About God, I am not sure how to say it, but it is the equal game, he guides us, we apply the guides, and yet not to forget about Him we follow him and his further guides." - I hear you. But I think that it is a bit impossible to forget Him; for He is within each and one of us :). But I get you mean.

    I respond:
    Max when you say it is a “bit impossible” is that an absolute truth? :)

    Sorry couldn’t resist!

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  53. Hi LS (and Max if you listening), I have to agree with you - yes it is hard to forget Him, and it is absolute truth. However, I have seen many examples, when people move away from Him and forget Him, just lead too good of a life to bring Him to their lives until something bad happens, that is when He is remembered. I thought I throw in here few Canadian Cents since I heard my name, lol. Anna :)

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  54. Hello LS;

    "Max when you say it is a “bit impossible” is that an absolute truth? :)" - no, it isn't an absolute truth cause some people might refute me, and you (for all that matter) *nodding*!

    "Sorry couldn’t resist!" - LOL LOL *nodding*

    Cheers

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  55. Hello Anna (and LSus);

    And yes I was eaves-dropping lol :).
    Ah, Anna; but if you have seen people forgetting God and moving away from Him, then it can no longer be considered an Absolute Truth.
    I am talking on the philosophical point of view, cause if you ask my personal opinion...then it becomes a whole different matter lol :).

    It is sad when people forget the Creator (and now that I think of it, it is kinda irrational, isn't it? It is like forgetting our own parents...) *nodding*.
    I too have seen people who spent a lot of time dissing on God, and then when something awful happened in their life they decided that God was the One to turn to *nodding*...does a person need to suffer to remember Him?

    Thank you for your Canadian Cents (it is better than that American rapper: 50 Cents lol) :)!

    Cheers

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  56. Oh Max girl you are absolutely right, cannot argue with you on this one. This is why I need you to understand better and explore different views, and not just one view. Thanks, and you are very welcome, yes Canadian Cents are getting some value here, lol. Anna :)

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  57. Anna,

    Exploring different views and understanding them better is necessary indeed :). That is what I am trying to do by conversing with LS, you and all the rest of the gang :)!

    "Thanks, and you are very welcome, yes Canadian Cents are getting some value here, lol. Anna :) " - you are most welcome, dear :D! LOL yes, indeed the Canadian cents are increasing in value lol...

    Cheers

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