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Entering Christmas, MI. A road sign
Come again and rejoyce in Joyce, WA.
Santa in Summer
Christmas 2020 if the housing bubble were to continue
My spam filtering idea, but there's already better ideas.
Resumes evaluating them using gravity. 
Y2K poem I wrote in 1999.
 

Happy Holidays

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"BOAS FESTAS"
"JOYEUX NOEL"
"VESELE VANOCE"
"MELE KALIKIMAKA"
"NODLAG SONA DHUIT"
"BLWYDDYN NEWYDD DDA"
"GOD JUL
"BUON ANNO"
"FELIZ NATAL"
"FELIZ NAVIDAD"
"MERRY CHRISTMAS"
"KALA CHRISTOUGENA"
"VROLIJK KERSTFEEST"
"FROHLICHE WEIHNACHTEN"
"BUON NATALE-GODT NYTAR"
"HUAN YING SHENG TAN CHIEH"
"WESOLYCH SWIAT-SRETAN BOZIC"
"MOADIM LESIMH0-LINKSMU KALEDU"
"HAUSKAA JOULU0-AID SAID MOUBARK"
"'N PRETTIG KERSTMIS"
"ONNZLLISTA UUTTA VUOTTA"
"Z ROZHDESTYOM KHRYSTOVYM"
"NADOLIG LLAWEN-GOTT NYTTSAR"
"FELIC NADAL-GOJAN KRISTNASKON"
"S NOVYM GODOM-FELIZ ANO NUEVO"
"GLEDILEG JOL-NOELINIZ KUTLU OLSUM"
"EEN GELUKKIG NIEUWJAAR-SRETAN BOSIC"
"KRIHSTLINDJA GEZUAR-KALA CHRISTOUGENA"
"SELAMAT HARI NATAL - LAHNINGU NAJU METU"
"SARBATORI FERICITE-BUON ANNO"
"ZORIONEKO GABON-HRISTOS SE RODI"
"BOLDOG KARACSONNY-VESELE VIANOCE "
"MERRY CHRISTMAS - - HAPPY NEW YEAR"
"ROOMSAID JOULU PUHI -KUNG HO SHENG TEN"
"FELICES PASUAS-EIN GLUCKICHES NEWJAHR"
"PRIECIGUSZIEMAN SVETKUS SARBATORI VESLLE"
"BONNE ANNEBLWYDDYN NEWYDD DDADRFELIZ NATAL"
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This ascii art was sent to me several years ago. Origin unknown.
It gives holiday greetings in many languages.



Above:
Snow scene on one of those rare snowy days at Whatcom Creek under Dupont Street Bridge.  Often a year can go by with no snow.

To right:
Red sticker dot on nose of dear crossing sign.  Rudolph crossing.


Commentary by Robert
On community meals for the holidays

Getting together with local community for Christmas might be better than traveling to be with traditional families that are spread out all over the world. 

Think about spending the holidays in places like the snowed-in Denver Airport Terminal, not on purpose, but the "S" word happens. 

One can define the "S" word several ways.  Snow is one word starting with S.  "White Christmas" may be the most popular Christmas song, but it's writers didn't have the Denver Airport in mind.  Nor did they have I-5 on the Sunday just after Thanksgiving where I hear that it took 5 hours for some folks to get from Burlington to Bellingham. 

Then there is the whole issue of family feuds and also whether gay people are still in the closet with their birth families. 

In many cases, traditional family gatherings are good, but it is nice to know there are alternatives.  Alternative options like, you don't have to stay with family members. I am sure there are cheap hotels where ever you are traveling to. Stay at a hotel and be pampered! You could use the stress free environment, especially if your holiday excursions are lasting a few days and few dinners.
  

Also the Internet makes it easier to stay in touch with far flung friends and relatives.

Happy Holidays 2006 and try not to sweat it.  Christmas can be a rat race, but it can also be a good time of year.  It doesn't have to be the same tradition for everyone.  You can innovate to make it enjoyable.

Also see: Why Halloween is safer than Christmas.

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