Category Archives: Seasons

Major Snow dà xuě 大雪 Dec 7th

On December 7th we move into the solar term of 大雪Dàxuě (Chinese), Taisetsu (Japanese) 대설 Daeseol Korean and Đại tuyết (Vietnamese). It is literally translated as major snow and is the 21st solar term. It snows heavily for the first time in the year, in northern … Continue reading

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Unseasonal Weather and Seasonal Activitiies

The first of the month round of payments to drop off took place this morning, including the most annoying property tax bill on the truck. Given that the town provides me little except bad water and police who knock on … Continue reading

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Deck the Halls

In many countries, such as Sweden, people start to set up their Advent and Christmas decorations on the first day of Advent. In many churches this is done in a formal ceremony, the Hanging of the Greens.  The part of … Continue reading

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Music for the Season

Along with the rituals of the Advent calendars and wreaths, music plays an important part in the season. Even in that most secular of places, the shopping mall, the store managers know how well music puts people in the season. … Continue reading

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Caturday Thoughts: Christmas Shopping

We were busy at the rescue thrift today, trying to put up Christmas things that were in the storage from the move. We also sold some; a snowman cookie jar to a lady who had a collection of eighty, a … Continue reading

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Advent

Advent is the beginning of the Western liturgical year and starts on the fourth Sunday before Christmas. The celebration of Advent are hundreds of years old. In the fifth century, Bishop Perpetuus, in the diocese of Tours, gave an order … Continue reading

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A Julekalender Variant

In Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden there is also a tradition of having a so-called Julekalender  in the form of a television or radio show, starting on December 1 and ending on Christmas Eve.  I like this idea of a … Continue reading

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