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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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Caturday Thoughts – St John’s Eve Jun 23rd

St John’s Eve is the vigil of the feast of St. John the Baptist. It coincides very closely with midsummer or the summer solstice. The Nativity of John the Baptist is one of the oldest festivals of the Christian church … Continue reading

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Caturday Thoughts – New Year’s Eve With Cats

No fireworks unless the neighbors have 4th of July leftovers. No Times Square crowds or glitzy, tacky hotel parties. No silly TV countdowns with talking head presenters. I like my New Year’s Eves quiet at home. Of course that means … Continue reading

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Insects Awaken 驚蟄 Jīngzhé

In the traditional Chinese calendar, a solar year is the time from the winter solstice to the next winter solstice. The solar year is divided into 24 solar terms, which correspond to intervals of fifteen degrees along the ecliptic. Two … Continue reading

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Leap Year – What will you do with an extra day?

It is almost universal that people wish they had more time. More time to do what they want instead of meeting demands imposed on them. More time to get things done without constantly feeling rushed. More time to live, plain … Continue reading

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Celebrating Chinese New Year (Part 1)

In the west you get New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. You get an overindulgent evening, and a a day of TV football, then back to the regular grind and who knows what fortune in the coming year.  With … Continue reading

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