Happy Winter Solstice! / Joyeux Solstice!

Hanukkah (Dec. 4-12) and Eid-al-Adha (Dec. 20) are already behind us. Today is the Winter Solstice, at 22:08, PST; next week we have Christmas Eve, Christmas, and Kwanzaa (and Boxing Day, if you’re shopping-prone) back-to-back on Dec. 24 to 26. Then we wait for New Year’s Eve and New Year (Dec. 31-Jan. 1), then Twelfth Night (Jan. 5) and Epiphany (Jan. 6). I like holidays. 🙂

I’m taking Monday off, so we’ll have four days to ourselves. We’re seeing friends (and gaming) tonight and Sunday night; tomorrow is Cooking-Baking-Wrapping Day. I’m also prepping a couple of games for the following weekend, one for the on-going playtest and one to run Spirit of the Season using the Truth & Justice system. We’ll also have a night of board games on the 30 with some friends.

It’s a low-budget Christmas this year; we’re low on cash and out of vacation days too. I had warned everyone last year that we would average the “big” 2006 Christmas with a lean 2007 Christmas. I feel financially apprehensive, I’m worried about dad’s health, but I’m very, very grateful for my wonderful husband and all the great friends I have.

Nous voilà passé Hanukkah et Eid-al-Adha mais nous pouvons fêter le solstice d’hiver ce soir, puis la Veille de Noël, Noël, Kwanzaa, la Veille du Jour de l’An, le Nouvel An et la Nuit des Rois. J’aime bien tout célébrer!

Il me reste juste assez de congés pour le 24 et le 31 décembre, ce qui me donnera deux longues fins de semaine. Nous sommes censés voir des amis ici et là; demain c’est jour de cuisine et d’emballage. Nous faisons un Noël à budget réduit, mais c’était prévu comme ça depuis l’an dernier. La santé de papa m’inquiète mais je me compte chanceuse d’avoir un mari que j’adore et d’excellents amis.

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