Twas the Night Before Xmas #ChristmasEve #BestWishes

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I hope you and yours are safe and snug, every last one.

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Happy Christmas #merrychristmas #happyholidays #xmas #hannukah #HappyHannukah #Kwanzaa #HappyKwanzaa

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Favorite ornaments

The holiday season is in full bloom. Solstice is behind us and I enjoyed walking a friend’s labyrinth at her party. It’s Christmas Eve, Hanukkah starts tonight, Kwanzaa in two days, and  other winter festivals you might enjoy: Saint Nicholas Day (Christian), Fiesta of Our Lady of Guadalupe (Mexican), St. Lucia Day (Swedish), Hanukkah (Jewish), Christmas Day (Christian), Three Kings Day/Epiphany (Christian), Boxing Day (Australian, Canadian, English, Irish), Omisoka (Japanese), Yule (Pagan), Saturnalia (Pagan). I wonder which holidays will follow colonists into space?

Personally, I’m a totally lapsed Catholic who still enjoys the traditions of my youth – I have one live Xmas tree and two artificial trees in my home. The cats are finally old enough (mature enough?) to refrain from knocking them over. 🙂

My best wishes to you and yours for the holidays and the New Year.

Merry #Xmas :) Keep an eye out for Santa

is that you santaHarvey – cover model for Glory on Mars – watches for Santa – or, at least, for reindeer

The Face of Jesus #MerryChristmas #ChristmasEve

face-of-jesus-01-0312-mdnThis has always fascinated me – I’m familiar with medieval artistic traditions portraying Jesus of Nazareth as a tall, slender figure with flowing hair, light colored eyes, and a decidedly European appearance. But the Gospel of Matthew says, when the Romans arrested Jesus in the garden of Gethsemane, Judas had to show the soldiers which one was Jesus because they couldn’t tell him apart from his disciples. So Jesus was a man who looked like other men of his time and place. What did he really look like? Popular Mechanics produced an answer in 2002 (reposted in 2015) using forensic anthropology, and it’s still my favorite. Happy Xmas.