Bah, Humbug! As enjoyable as the December holidays can be, it can also be a stressful and sometimes lonely time of year. To help ease the "bah, humbugs!" I'm bringing tidings of good cheer for the holiday season...for Christmas, Chanukah, and let us not forget Festivus!

So take a break and have a relaxing mug of holiday eggnog topped with nutmeg and spiked if you like with a bit (or more depending on the day) of rum or brandy. Sit down in a cozy chair by the fireplace ...or just close your eyes and pretend you're by a warm fireplace with the glowing embers dancing as the logs burn. Just enjoy the moment. Now don't you feel better already?  
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Christmas Cheer
Something traditional and perfect for sitting by the fireplace (or your pretend fireplace...works either way!).
 Happy, happy Christmas, that can win us back to the delusions of our childhood days...and transport the traveler back to his own fireside and quiet home!
~Charles Dickens


Christmas Bells 

I heard the bells on Christmas Day
Their old, familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet
The words repeat
Of peace on earth, good-will to men.
      ~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

from Snowball by Shel Silverstein
The Grumpy Old Punks make a Christmas song! 
Posted with thanks to Linda of Elleroy Was Here 
I'll close the Christmas part of my post with a poem in memory of my sweet pups, Roscoe and Coco, both gone now (Roscoe March 2013, and Coco April 2014) but never forgotten. 

Christmas Dog
Tonight's my first night as a watchdog, 
And here it is Christmas Eve. 
The children are sleeping all cozy upstairs, 
While I'm guardin' the stockin's and tree. 
What's that now---footsteps on the rooftop?
Could it be a cat or a mouse?
Who's this down the chimney?
A thief with a beard---
And a big sack for robbin' the house? 

I'm barkin', I'm growlin', I'm bitin' his butt.
He howls and jumps back in his sleigh.
I scare his strange horses, they leap in the air.
I've frightened the whole bunch away. 

Now the house is all peaceful and quiet again.
The stockin's are safe as can be.
Won't the kiddies be glad when they wake up tomorrow
And see how I've guarded the tree.
~ Shel Silverstein


Roscoe

Coco
Miss my pups, they really loved getting treats in their Christmas stockings! 


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Chanukah...the Festival of Lights

Eight days the light continued on its own: A miracle, they say, but not more so than ordinary lives of flesh and bone, consuming wicks burned ashen long ago. ~Nicholas Gordon




A Chanukah classic!


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Festivus

Festivus began as a holiday parody introduced on a December 1997 episode of the TV sitcom, Seinfield, and quickly became a holiday classic with the slogan: A Festivus for the rest of us!  Festivus features an unadorned aluminum Festivus pole, the "Airing of Grievances," a holiday dinner, "Feats of Strength," and a Festivus miracle.

Festivus explained
  

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Wishing you a Happy and Peaceful Holiday Season and New Year!


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