Pkin found out that our Buddha is Hotei, God of Contentment and Happiness, also known in the West as the Fat Buddha or the Laughing Buddha. Both are very appropriate titles for anything inhabiting our home.
Hotei carries a large cloth bag, which is what Ho Tei literally means, over this shoudler. The bag is filled with food for the needy and poor and it never goes empty which sounds very much like a bag that Santa would carry.
We used to celebrate the Roman Catholic church Christmas but that lost favor over the years. We now celebrate the one with cookies, tamales, and lighted moving ornaments. I especially like the lighted moving ornaments.
When I was young, and had lots of disposable cash that I should have been saving for now when I'm old and have less of the fungible stuff, I bought a number of lighted, moving, mostly Hallmark Christmas ornaments. The oldest is dated 1989, and it still works. The winter clad woodland creatures are skiing, albeit with a bit more whirr of the tiny tree-light powered engine, around a light candy cane. It's very surreal. If I engaged in mind-altering substances I'm sure one look at my tree and I'd be writing "The Yellow Submarine, Part Deux!"
The best part about a tree is the tinsel. I both am sorry and not that this year I will not be removing any tinsel from kitty litter, if you get my drift. There will be no ornaments falling to the ground amid the scurry of kitty paws. Rosey has not taken to the tree. I thought she might like the tree water but alas pool water is much more to her liking. She's a risk taker you see and a little sap is no comparison to the kidney-zapping strength of chlorine.
I still need to move about some furniture and clean up the mess.
Is your burg one of the most literate cities in the USA?
The Central Connecticut State University has looked at newspaper circulation, the number of bookstores, library resources, periodical publishing resources, educational attainment and Internet resources for cities and determined which are the ten (10) most literate. I don't live in one of them but maybe you do.
Barbie is holding her own this year against the little Bratz. It was touch and go for a while but Barbie is timeless and, let's face it, a bit of a press hound. She'll do anything for the media. She doesn't even relax her feet in case someone is there to snap her picture, she always has perfectly arched little tootsies. This year Barbie is working for Diane Von Furstenberg. For a smooth C-note, you can have 70's coiffed Barbie with a DVF dress and luggage. See, I'm not making it up!
"Bitterness and an unforgiving spirit can be likened to you taking poison and expecting that someone else would die from the effect. Forgiveness is about setting the prisoner in your heart free only to discover that all along, you had been the real prisoner."(Tope Popoola)
The virtue that encompasses forgiveness is "forbearance," see Wikipedia. I shouldn't watch ER and then open my spammy-type mail. The quote came from such a spammy-type email. And ER, as you may know, comes from NBC and Michael Crichton. You then get odd statements that are related to nothing really.
My personal worst virtue is diligence -- though I'm not high on any one of them. There is always the great new year resolution to put myself right on track.