It Snowed

Two days ago I awoke to find it was snowing!  There was about an inch of snow on the ground, and it continued snowing throughout the morning, although not much more accumulated.  I hadn’t been feeling very festive, but the snow helped re-create that sense of fun as I remembered past snow-ventures with my son.  Sledding, skiing, making snowmen, and forts; having snowball fights, and coming in later to make big mugs of hot chocolate while our outer wear (and usually socks as well) got strewn over all the radiators throughout the house to dry.  I have fond memories of steam radiators for precisely that reason.  The hissing release valves signaled warmth to me, regardless of their design intention.

I miss having my son with me.  This year is harder than last, probably because my son told me he’s only going to stay for our extended family gathering a couple of days before Christmas, and then he’s heading back to his apartment.  Christmas is pretty much just another day because I’m not a follower of anything except the days growing longer again, but having a child to celebrate the spirit of generosity and cheer to lighten the dark days was always welcome.  I liked having a Christmas tree, but can’t afford one this year, which is just as well because it’s only me now.  I’ll decorate the room with my silver and gold garlands and maybe make a wreath for the door.

I still enjoy Christmas music, it really does help to ‘make the season bright’.  I like eggnog and sugar cookies, and especially appreciate the few hours spent with my family exchanging gifts and sharing a meal.  I’m thankful for these traditions that connects my family, and joins us to the larger world in those celebrations as well.  Although I always say ‘Merry Christmas’ on December 25th, I prefer Happy Holidays because I include all those who celebrate their various traditions this time of year, and recognize that even ‘Christmas’ was co-opted from the Earth-centered celebrations of old in an effort to extinguish those earlier ‘pagan’ beliefs.  Thank Goddess it didn’t work!

Happy All-The-Days WordPress friends! Cheers! 🙂

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Thrill The World

I took part in thrilltheworld this morning, a yearly event seeking to break the Guinness World Record for the most people dancing simultaneously to Thriller around the globeThere is a morning dance slot and an evening one, but with the forecast for snow, and various other Hallowe’en-related events, the morning slot was the best option for me and my friend.

I got up at 6:30 to drive to my friend’s house so we could ride together to Great Barrington, about another hour from her house.  Check-in ended at 9am, and the official dance time began at 10am.

It was freezing out!  The forecast was for snow later today, and I think it was about 30°F when I got to my friend’s house, and probably a bit warmer by the time we got to the school where the dance took place.  I didn’t realize we would be dancing outside!  I thought they’d hold it in the school’s gym.

There were a lot of teenagers and younger kids there, but also a good showing of older people too.

I had learned and practiced the dance yesterday, so I was a half-step or more behind the rest of the group, but that’s why I stayed in the back.  My favorite part was getting Zombified:

We all warmed up and ran-through the dance on the track, but the official dance took place on the field.  We started out by lying down on the cold, wet grass for about a twenty-second count, and then began our rise as zombies until the music cue that starts the dance steps.  It was so fantastic to see such a variety of people who all knew the moves, and were dressed either typically, or in costume with full Zombie make-up.

I had brought a white Zombie outfit that I put together last night, but it was way too cold to wear it, so I stayed in my street clothes.  I’m glad I wore my ‘Spooky’ graphic-T-shirt today, so at least I had something apropos on.

Despite the bone-chilling cold, we had a fantastic time.  On my drive home, it started to snow, and there’s about two or three inches of accumulation already.  I think the forecast was calling for eight to ten inches of snow, but I hope the weather report is wrong…  I can’t remember the last time it snowed this much in October.  It’s too bad because I really wanted to go to a Hallowe’en party tonight, but I guess it’s a movie and hot chocolate evening instead.

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