The Ambiance of the Season

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Ah… the ambiance of a warm, crackling fireplace at Christmas! Stockings are hung by the chimney with care, hoping St. Nicholas will soon be there. But, if you live in a Scandinavian or a European country, do not hang those stockings too low for they will go up in flames! You see, one of the oldest traditions of Christmas is the burning of a Yule log, and it’s not just any old piece of wood.

Enjoy “The Christmas Song” by Mary J. Blige!

In the 12th century, Norway kicked off the pagan custom of burning a Yule log on the day of Solstice. Norsemen believed the giant ball of fire, known as the sun, rolled away from the earth. Technically though, it was only the shortest and darkest day of the year, but their superstitions ran rampant. So they cut down an entire tree and dragged it into their homes. Yes, the whole tree! Families shoved the largest end of the tree into the fire while the other end of the tree laid in the middle of the room. As the Christmas season progressed, they continued to push it slowly into the flames while singing, dancing, and feasting on holiday goodies. It was a celebration of the sun’s rebirth, so it was important those flames never ceased before the twelfth day of Christmas; it was bad luck.

Victorian Yule Log Christmas card c 1870

Through the centuries, this tradition of prosperity spread as far west as Ireland, as far south as Greece, and as far north as Siberia. Each country individualized the Yule log custom. In France, folks stored any remaining pieces of the cherry tree log at the end of the twelve days, inside their home to protect against lightning strikes. The UK appears to be cleaner about their holiday mess. They dry out an oak tree and strip the bark off before it comes inside to burn. Some Europeans scatter the ashes of the flames inside their home to ward off evil spirits, and others spread them around their plants to encourage blooming. In Holland, the Yule log is stored under a bed in the home as a safety against bad luck.

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Yule Winter Solstice Celebration

Moving away to a modern civilization known as North America, is there a doubt we commercialized the Yule log? Walk into Hobby Lobby or any craft store, and you will spend a lot of money on Yule log centerpieces or the supplies to make one. But like the French, I think it’s much yummier to whip up a rich, chocolate Yule log, Bûche de Noël, dripping in chocolate icing and filled with cream. I would much rather sit in front of the fireplace, celebrating the ambiance of the season, eating this sponge cake. How about you?

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Let us remember, as Christians, the yule we celebrate today is the reality that God became man in order to bring the man to God. Happy Holidays!

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FINDING MISSING PIECES OF MY LOVE ON A BLIND DATE WITH THE WORLD

Let me take you on a journey with me. You can call it a LUCID DREAM but it was actually my chance to play around with some MAGIC and some LOVE. Get on with me on this fairytale adventure where a CRANE FAIRY took us on a Blind Date with the world.

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“I think we should take a break so we can have some time to figure it out” I shouted and burst into tears. I thought he would hug me and try to settle it all but instead, Mr husband responded with a “yes”. I marched back to my room, banged the door and locked myself in. Next day I called up my bestie and told her about the fight.  she started laughing and said, “sweety, you guys are an inspiration, your fairytale romance keeps our faith alive in love. Disagreements and arguments are normal, maybe you both are just stressed out. Yes, you guys need a break but not from each other rather from your routine. Why you guys don’t plan a HOLIDAY??? Think about it and I will call you later”.

I was still feeling so angry and ignored after the fight that it was impossible to even imagine repairing the relationship but I really wanted to identify the missing pieces of our bond. The doorbell rang, he was back home and asked me about my day, I just nodded my head in fine with a half-hearted smile. We had our dinner and get into our bed to sleep.

Lying on my bed, I was gazing at stars outside my window and saw an aeroplane flying with its flickering light. I remembered my bestie’s advice about the holidays and quickly wished upon that flight, “Oh sweet world! please take us somewhere on a blind date with you so that I can find those lost missing pieces of my love back in you“. I wished upon that flight like kids wish upon the shooting star. Suddenly I felt his arms around me. He held me tight and said, “Hey love, I Missed you”. Tears rolled down my cheek. We hugged each other and were about to kiss but interrupted by a knock on our window.

There was this smiling fairy with the wings of the crane, with the yellow scarf on her neck and was wearing a navy dress. She gave us a folded map and said, “Wish Granted”. Stamping the crane logo on our wrist she said,

” Follow the instructions and do not delay… we are giving you the wings and your love will find the way”

We opened the map and it pulled us into itself…. whoa! we were standing in a beautiful fairytale European old town, beeping red dot in the map showed us that we were in  The Main Market square in Krakow, Poland.

Main-Market-And-Basilica.jpgThis place brought back the first missing piece CHARM, that fairytale charm of our bond was back. We hugged each other as if we had met each other after years of separation.

Famous Krakow horse carriage was waiting for us. We got onto that and it took us to a big garden through the beautiful Royal Route there we find this majestic Private Jet Fleet. Two magical black ribbons came flying and blindfolded us before we began our journey.

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Somebody escorted us withholding our hands to this unknown place. I could feel the cold, smell the freshness and touch the flowers. Black ribbon flew off from our eyes,

I could not contain the joy filled in my heart

by this beautiful land,

And the red dot on map beeped,

wow!!! it was Switzerland.

I screamed with joy and started dancing with the wind on the Mount Rigi, the queen of mountains. I was caught off guard by a romantic Kiss from Mr Husband. He cuddled me and said, I fall all over in love again with this beautiful smile of yours”. In that very moment,……… TO READ FURTHER, PLEASE CLICK HERE 

The ‘MUSIC & ART MIX’ Series – Part 44

Here’s part 44 of the ‘MUSIC & ART MIX’ Series from the Michel Montecrossa Blog featuring songs, paintings, movies and photos by Michel Montecrossa and Mirakali – find more music & art in the original blog post on the Michel Montecrossa Blog here https://wp.me/paKe4-5Hl

Mirakali’s Electronica song ‘Happiness For All’

http://www.audiomack.com/song/mirasoundgermany/happiness-for-all
 
Movie: Michel Montecrossa’s Song ‘Talking Europe The Strong’ – New Topical Song apropos Nobel Peace Prize for the European Union

 
Michel Montecrossa’s drawing ‘Paris Mirakali‘

 

 
Description: Paris, 2013, Pen & crayons on paper, 30x42cm

Photo by Mirakali – Intense Light & Branch

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More songs and movies: www.MichelMontecrossa.com

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Wisdom from around the world

There is wisdom in all parts of the world. A lot of wisdom can be learnt from the proverbs and wise sayings of people in all parts of the world. In this post we draw wisdom from all the continents of the world.

AFRICA

“If you close your eyes because of your enemies, you will not be able to see your friends” (African Proverb).

“The fall of a dry leaf is a warning to the green one” (African Proverb).

“A cockroach can only rule in the land of fowls if it employs a fox as its bodyguard.” (African proverb).

EUROPE

“A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.”

“A rolling stone gathers no moss.”

“Birds of a feather flock together.”

AMERICA

“A poor excuse is better than non at all.”

“A friend to everyone is a friend to nobody.”

“A man who marries twice is a two-time loser.”

“A good wife is the best household furniture.”

Source:American Proverbs, Maxims and folk sayings; The wit and wisdom of yesterday, compiled by Lemer L. Smith.

ASIA

“When an elephant is in trouble, even a frog will kick it.” (Hindu Proverb).

We can’t change the direction of the wind, but we can adjust the sails” (Indian Proverb).

“To know the road ahead, ask those coming back” (Chinese Proverb).

“A fair face hide a foul heart” (Vietnamese Proverb).

“Follow the villagers when you are in the new village” (Japanese Proverb).

AUSTRALIA

“In the planting season visitors come singly, in the harvest time, they come in crowds” (Australian Proverb).

“A champion team will always beat a team of champions” (Australian Proverb).

Are there proverbs or wise sayings from your continent or country that you would like to share? Hesitate not.