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Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas!

it's 4:30 a.m. christmas morning and, after having escorted my aging and insistent bladder to the appropriate place of relief, i thought i'd check my email prior to crawling back between those delicious flannel sheets to grab a last bit of shut-eye, before the grandsons shoot out of their beds like cannons to snatch up their goodies from under the tree in their annual frenzy of pillage and plunder...

for some reason i can't quite put my finger on, this is turning out to be the most wonder-filled, quietly happy and deeply satisfying christmas holidays i can remember for a long, long time... in past years i have been increasingly alienated by the relentless focus on the mercantile aspect of the season and the unreasonable and largely unattainable expectations that reality could never quite match... but this year is different... maybe it's just me, but i can't quite shake the feeling that there's something in the air and that a rising wave of good tidings is slowly but inexorably lifting us all to a place we've never been...

with that as backdrop, let me offer everyone my wishes for the best and most joyful christmas ever and my profound hope - ok, i'll say it - my profound belief that the best is not only yet to come but is also just around the corner...

in the spirit of sharing the joy of the season, let's have a great deal more of this...

My grandson's fourth grade class offering up their Christmas program

and a whole hell of a lot less of this...

Palestinian Christians living in Bethlehem could be spending their last Christmas in their hometown.

They live next to Jewish settlements and that means they also face the constant threat of eviction by the Israeli authorities.

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