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The Gifts of the Magi, Modernized

24 Festive Tasks: Door 21 – Christmas, Task 2: Modernize the three gifts given to Baby Jesus by the Magi.  Instead of myrrh, frankincense, and gold – what would the Magi give as baby shower gifts in 2020-21? Well, if the Magi were counseled by a mother, they just might go the sensible / practical […]

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My All-Time Favorite Gifts

24 Festive Tasks: Door 20 – Christmas, Task 4: What was the best Christmas / holiday present you ever received – the one that meant the most to you or gave you the greatest joy?  (This can be anything; objects / material gifts as well as something someone did for you, or anything else – […]

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Christmas Book Gifts

24 Festive Tasks: Door 20 – Christmas, Task 3: Did your Christmas celebrations include books?  Share your book haul pictures with us!   Trust Gaby to raid my wishlist and add to my book collection come gift giving time!   Original post: ThemisAthena.booklikes.com/post/2022193/24-festive-tasks-door-20-christmas-task-3

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E.T.A. Hoffmann / Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker – as arranged by Septura

E.T.A. Hoffmann’s Nutcracker, narrated by Derek Jacobi; with excerpts from Tchaikovsky’s ballet, arranged for brass septet and performed by Septura (= seven members of the brass sections of Britain’s leading orchestras): One of my Christmas gifts for my mom this year: it got here just in time and since she opened the package not realizing […]

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@Linda: They’re here — thank you so much (again)!

They’re beautiful — and actually bigger than I thought … what a wonderful surprise! As I said in my PM, I know they will be treasured, both by me and by the friend who’ll be receiving one of them as a present.   Original post: ThemisAthena.booklikes.com/post/2000071/linda-they-re-here-thank-you-so-much-again   Beyond the 100th Meridian Project Page Reviews and […]

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Christmas Gifts: Books and Cat Stuff

My BFF happily raided my wishlist again … and found a few cat-related things to go with the books.  The placemat is part of a set (the rest of which I left at my mom’s apartment, since we’ll both be using these). And predictably, within minutes: “What do you mean, your Christmas stocking?  I sits […]

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Did some last minute Christmas shopping …

… including shopping for book gifts.  Inevitably, I ended up also getting a few books for myself …   Original post: ThemisAthena.booklikes.com/post/1821353/did-some-last-minute-christmas-shopping

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16 Tasks of the Festive Season: Square 15 – Boxing Day

Tasks for St. Stephen’s Day / Boxing Day — BONUS task: box up all the Christmas detritus, decorations, or box up that stuff you’ve been meaning to get rid of, or donate, etc. and take a picture and post it. Won’t be donating this, but anyway, here’s the result of my after-Christmas house cleaning: … […]

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Christmas Book Gifts

Christmas book gifts from my BFF — in addition to various teas, spices, home made holiday baking, and a CD.  She spoiled me … as she always does!   Original post: ThemisAthena.booklikes.com/post/1626512/post

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An early Christmas present!

… my beautiful, magical physical “16 Festive Tasks” card, courtesy of MbD and her husband, which got here just in time for Christmas all the way from Australia.  Thank you both — it’s beyond gorgeous, and I’m just sooo happy!  This will be a much-treasured memento of our mad dash putting together and hosting this […]

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Bonn Christmas Market

I managed to squeeze in a few hours on Saturday morning for a visit to Bonn’s main Christmas market … here are a few impressions: The ice rink tent isn’t actually part of the Christmas market but nearby. (Bonn city hall is on a square to which the Christmas market doesn’t extend,either, but just a […]

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The Twelve Tasks of the Festive Season — Grand Finale and BLACKOUT!

Snow Globes: Reads Bells: Activities I intend to also read a book for the Kwanzaa square and try to get as many of my as-yet missing activities done (Holiday Down Under, Movie Ticket, and Holiday Party), but since completing either activities or reads qualifies for completing a square, as far as the game itself is […]

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Holiday Splurge 2015

The way things have been shaping up in the recent couple of months, the holiday season ending today was most likely my last real reprieve from fairly major (not to say time-consuming and persistent) work-related unpleasantness for the foreseeable future.   This being the case, I naturally decided to make the most of it: I […]

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