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>I had written before about my favorite "Christmas" things but never saw it
>appear on artsednet, strangely, did anyone see it? But I certainly
>understand your feeling Carla, I am a Christian, that is this nations
>national religion is. I donīt really know what I am. But I do sometimes
>feel quite "outside" this list just being one of the few foreigners on it.
>But I still love this list. Here are some of my favorite things for this
>time of the year! Waiting for the thirteen icelandic santa clauses, really
>called cristmas lads (jolasveinar). They actually donīt bring gifts but
>come and play tricks on you, like snatching sausages hanging from the
>rafters(in the old days) or taking the candles kids got for Chrismas or
>licking the bowls yogurt was made in! But nowadays the icelandic children
>put their shoe in the window every night thirteen nights before christmas
>and get a little present from each of the christmas lads(they start coming
>to town thirteen days before cristmas). This is one of our favorite
>traditions this time of year. So is cookie making, making paperthin
>christmasbread with very fine cut out patterns, making our advent wreaths
>and of course listening to yuletide music and drinking hot glogg.
>Hope everyone is loving this time.
>Best regards from the far north,
>>My favorite "Christmas" things are:
>> Chanukah songs
>> a menorah blazing with light
>> my joyous children
>>I wasn't going to respond to this thread, and didn't for a long time, but
>>since it's continuing I would like to respectfully point out that not all
>>us on artsednet are Christian. I have no problem with people asking about
>>Christmas things, but I would really liked to have felt included, as a
>>this listserve. We're all so quick to be sensitve to things like not
>>desecrating Hopi dolls, and honoring the beliefs of other cultures. Well,
>>this is not a homogenous culture either. I'd appreciate the same
>> Thanks for letting me vent.
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