Secret Santa Day

I was away on the day they had set for the exchange and then forgot to bring it in yesterday when I went back to work. So today I have my gift for the Secret Santa exchange sitting out right by my coat and boots. I’m even thinking about spoiling myself and taking a taxi in so I don’t have to carry it in on the bus. It’s not hugely heavy but it’s ackward hauling around more stuff and it’s not exactly light either. Plus I’m just fed up with waiting for the bus.

Tired today too. Couldn’t seem to get to sleep till nearly 7:00 this morning. Then woke up before 11:00. Hope I can do better tonight so I’m not turning into a zombie.

Still no tree up but I am starting to feel that I will, maybe, do it. Maybe. No promises. Doesn’t sound like I’m going anywhere for Christmas and I will be working Boxing Day now. I could put up all the tree stuff on Christmas Day, I will be here. Would be nice to make cookies then too. Just thought of that idea. I’d need to haul flour and such here before the grocery stores are closed up for the holidays.

Christmas Day… I'm Remembering

For me, as a Witch, most holidays are about nature, traditions and remembering. It’s a little after midnight, now the day of Christmas. I’m remembering my family who are dead and thus unavailable to be here for the holidays. At least not in the flesh, capable of enjoying the wine, exchanging presents and all of those physical/ commerical type things.

Here is my list of names:

Alice McRoberts
Emma Garner
Birdie Scherle
Edith Brown
Alec Brown
Sally Harle
Violet Scherle
William Scherle
Ian Noel Brown
The baby who was never born
and the other relatives I didn’t really have enough time to get to know.

I used to write letters to penpals from around the world and my older family members too. I don’t do that any longer, there is no one left to write to. My Dad was the last one to die from that list.

So, I would like people who are in the midst of petty, trivial and silly family squabbles today or over this past week, to get over it. Realize you are making mole hills into mountains and to anyone watching from your version of an afterlife, you look like you are wasting time and being childish.

We only have so much time. You can’t buy more, you can’t reset the switch and go back to start again. Once the time is gone, it’s gone forever. Don’t waste the time you have with the people you care about, including yourself. Don’t let yourelf be small and petty. Get a life, your own life and enjoy the season for what it is, traditions, a celebration of life and the last few days of the old year.

Spare a few moments for the empty spaces at your Christmas dinner table, the people who are not there. Go with the Irish custom and set a place for each of them, at the big table or give them a table of their own on the side.

Seasons Greetings

Horoscope for December

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December 2005 Horoscope:

Career challenges have kept you on the edge of your seat for the past couple months, making life feel like a bit of a roller coaster ride. This is all due to Mars taking an extended retrograde spell through your sixth house of work. Great news, Sagittarius! On December 9th, this phase ends, helping you feel like you have your feet planted firmly on the ground once again.

You may already have felt the beginnings of relief since November 22nd, when the Sun headed into Sagittarius. A long-standing conflict with a client or coworker is soon to be resolved. If you are a freelancer, you could score an important client this month, or renew a contract with an old one. If you work in an office, expect your job to feel a lot less monotonous. You may even be rewarded with a promotion or raise for pushing through so many grueling details over the past couple months. Get ready for a miracle, Sagittarius!

All this struggle has not been vain. There was a lesson to be learned. It’s time to stop defining yourself solely by what you do. While your career is an expression of you, it doesn’t actually make you who you are as a human being. With your ruling planet Jupiter in your twelfth house until late 2006, getting more in tune with your spiritual side could transform your entire life for the better. Put a practice into your days like short meditations or journal-writing to hear your inner voice. Like Sagittarius Tina Turner, who chanted her way to serenity and success, being grounded in your fundamental worthiness is key. You don’t have to do anything to prove that you are lovable, Sagittarius. Simply be and allow good things to come your way.

Though most people are waiting until January to kick off a fitness routine, you would actually benefit by getting an early start. After December 9th, start incorporating an exercise routine into your weeks. While there will lots of holiday sweets to snack on, don’t turn them into meal replacements. Stock your fridge with salads and healthy food. Don’t skip breakfast! Eating a bowl of oatmeal or whole grain cereal in the morning can start you off on the right foot.

If you are looking for love, the Full Moon in your partnership sign of Gemini could bring it on or near December 15th. Don’t expect this person to come in the usual package. What you consider “a little conservative” might actually be just what you need. Hey, you’ll get to be the wild and crazy one instead of the heavy, responsible one. That’s a nice change of pace for someone who craves both excitement and stability in her life as you do.

If you’re already in love, an overnight getaway to a rustic lodge could be the perfect birthday present for you. You love a road trip, so the drive should be as much fun as the destination. Pick somewhere with great scenery, an amazing country breakfast and a staff that lets you canoodle in the corner without rushing you to pay your bill.

Don’t overbook yourself on either Christmas Day or New Year’s Eve. You’ll want to make them both restful, low-key affairs. If you’re hosting a gathering, enlist people early in the month to be your party-prepping patrol. You may need to slip away for a few powernaps and let someone else take on the entertaining duties. Falling asleep in a robe and bunny slippers, surrounded by a pile of ribbons and wrapping paper, will sound like your idea of the perfect Christmas Day.

That’s not to say you can’t have a glamorous time too. A festive dinner party with rich food and deep, red wines could be an ideal way to ring in the New Year. Make reservations at a restaurant and invite your ten favorite people to be a part of the celebration. Spend the whole day in spa mode, getting your nails and hair done, and soaking in the tub. Like Sagittarius Jennifer Connelly, you’ll radiate in chic black velvet. Pick out an elegant dress and have an intimate, beautiful night!

Best Date Night: 12/16 – Attraction returns with a vengeance and lukewarm feelings heat up. Self-control won’t be easy, but who needs it?!

Best Career Day: 12/6 – Bye-bye boredom You’re appreciated by employers and work feels like a brand new experience.

Best Girl-Bonding Day: 12/27 – Go into holiday recovery mode by catching a chick flick and scooping up a couple goodies at an after-Christmas sale.