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It is the weekend of Gaudete Sunday, so Im posting this. Here's the incomparable Maddy Prior and Steeleye Span, singing "Gaudete". Someone has kindly provided a translation of the verses in the comments; the chorus is "Rejoice, rejoice! Christ is born of the Virgin Mary! Rejoice!"

Let us remember that, in spite of the state of the world, there is much to rejoice about. Whatever you celebrate, I hope you'll have a happy, healthy winter festival.
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And Happy (belated) Hanukkah, Happy New Year, Happy Kwanzaa, and so on! I hope we may all have a happy, healthy and peaceful year ahead. Right now I want to share a 14th-century Irish carol which I find absolutely beautiful. It's called "Peperit Virgo", and it's sung by Anonymous 4.

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daffodils, Litchfield
Originally uploaded by maryj59

Here is a pic of a farm near my Dad's house - and all the flowers have been in bloom for awhile now! Happy Easter to all who celebrate!
And happy Passover, too, to those who celebrate that holiday. Uri Avnery, the renowned Israeli peace activist, has a fascinating post on the Haggadah here

I think the thing to remember is that these holidays are about love, forgiveness, and freedom. Let's all cast out fear and hatred and remember that our life in this world is a blessing.

End of sermon from me! Happy holidays. :)

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Just want to wish a happy holiday to everyone who celebrates. Am working on a longer blog, which I'll post in a few days. In the meantime, have a great weekend! Here's a bit of nonsense to help you celebrate:

http://www.primarygames.com/holidays/thanksgiving/games/turkeytogo/start.htm
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Just a quickie to wish everyone on my friend's list a Happy Easter (if you celebrate, of course). And Happy Spring! It's still very wintry by us, at least as far as the temperatures go, but the robins and bluebirds are back. )

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