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Monday Mottoes – #170

charming-silver-and-blue-christmas-decor-ideas-23There’s something about the holidays. Whether it’s Christmas or Hanukkah this time of year, or even if you don’t personally celebrate either, it’s special to see the lights and foods marking something special.

A holiday is a holy day. Technically. Nowadays we have national holidays and secular holidays, but the idea of a day set apart as something special came from the fact that it was holy.

For many, the holidays are still holy. They include gatherings with family and friends, church or synagogue attendance, cuisine like potato pancakes or candy canes that make their appearance in honor of the day or week.

And, of course, that leads to all sorts of questions about how one was raised, whether you eat potato-latkesyour potato pancakes (latkes) with sour cream or with applesauce on top… or both. That’s always been a toss-up in my book, having rarely met a food I did not enjoy….

On the other side of the family, my husband Benedetto purchases mini candy canes, the perfect size to drop in the kids’ hot cocoa and give it a peppermint twist to start the day.

thWith a holiday, you get to enjoy decorations and fragrances and foods and festive clothing. It’s special. It’s a set-apart time to thank God for His gifts and goodness and miracles in our lives. Which brings us to today’s motto:

“I once wanted to become an atheist, but I gave up – they have no holidays.” ~Henny Youngman

I think that says it best. Happy Monday, everyone!

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