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I grew up watching It's a Wonderful Life every year as a part of my family's holiday tradition. It's such a beautifully written and performed film, and never gets old. And, I've always loved this scene ;)
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I grew up watching It's a Wonderful Life every year as a part of my family's holiday tradition. It's such a beautifully written and performed film, and never gets old. And, I've always loved this scene ;)
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I celebrate Christmas with family and friends, and also privately observe Yule.  Yule, celebrated around the Winter Solstice, is traditionally known as the time when the mythic Oak King defeats the Holly King in battle, the time that the darkness of winter begins to give over to the light of longer days.  An interesting quote:

"Often, these two entities are portrayed in familiar ways - the Holly
King frequently appears as a woodsy version of Santa Claus. He dresses
in red, wears a sprig of holly in his tangled hair, and is sometimes
depicted driving a team of eight stags. The Oak King is portrayed as a
fertility god, and occasionally appears as the Green Man or other lord
of the forest."  (Taken from this site:  http://paganwiccan.about.com/od/yulethelongestnight/p/Holly_KIng_Yule.htm)

Here's a couple other links that might be of interest regarding the celebration and tradition of Yule: 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yule
http://www.wicca.com/celtic/akasha/yule.htm


I do also celebrate Christmas.  I love this time of year, and have a love for the traditions and spirit of the holiday season despite not being of the same faith.  I observe Christmas as a time to remember the gift of family, to celebrate the spread love and kindess to the world, to take a moment to contemplate the possibility of divine love, whatever one's personal beliefs.  And, quite frankly, I love giving gifts to people, whether I make them or buy them.  I love seeing the looks on the faces of my loved ones when they see what I've given them.  It's probably my favorite part of the holiday.[Error: unknown template qotd]
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I celebrate Christmas with family and friends, and also privately observe Yule.  Yule, celebrated around the Winter Solstice, is traditionally known as the time when the mythic Oak King defeats the Holly King in battle, the time that the darkness of winter begins to give over to the light of longer days.  An interesting quote:

"Often, these two entities are portrayed in familiar ways - the Holly
King frequently appears as a woodsy version of Santa Claus. He dresses
in red, wears a sprig of holly in his tangled hair, and is sometimes
depicted driving a team of eight stags. The Oak King is portrayed as a
fertility god, and occasionally appears as the Green Man or other lord
of the forest."  (Taken from this site:  http://paganwiccan.about.com/od/yulethelongestnight/p/Holly_KIng_Yule.htm)

Here's a couple other links that might be of interest regarding the celebration and tradition of Yule: 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yule
http://www.wicca.com/celtic/akasha/yule.htm


I do also celebrate Christmas.  I love this time of year, and have a love for the traditions and spirit of the holiday season despite not being of the same faith.  I observe Christmas as a time to remember the gift of family, to celebrate the spread love and kindess to the world, to take a moment to contemplate the possibility of divine love, whatever one's personal beliefs.  And, quite frankly, I love giving gifts to people, whether I make them or buy them.  I love seeing the looks on the faces of my loved ones when they see what I've given them.  It's probably my favorite part of the holiday.[Error: unknown template qotd]
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LOL Not really. I keep my family out of my online life, and that's about it. I have a few long-time friends on here, who probably think I'm a bit strange, but that's nothing new! I AM a bit strange. I feel a bit self-conscious with the fangirl stuff sometimes, but it's not a big deal. I like what I like. We all need distractions! =)
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LOL Not really. I keep my family out of my online life, and that's about it. I have a few long-time friends on here, who probably think I'm a bit strange, but that's nothing new! I AM a bit strange. I feel a bit self-conscious with the fangirl stuff sometimes, but it's not a big deal. I like what I like. We all need distractions! =)
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I have a completely irrational feeling that says the moment I honestly, truly think something is going to happen, or not going to happen, the opposite comes true.  It's most annoying, and quite probably a self-fulfilling prophecy, but it definitely falls into the realm of silly superstition!  On the bright side, though, it often spurs me to prepare for the unexpected. 
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I have a completely irrational feeling that says the moment I honestly, truly think something is going to happen, or not going to happen, the opposite comes true.  It's most annoying, and quite probably a self-fulfilling prophecy, but it definitely falls into the realm of silly superstition!  On the bright side, though, it often spurs me to prepare for the unexpected. 
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I would.  I've gone through so much faith-related instability and confusion in my life that I think it might bring some peace, even if it's a peace of knowing that there would be nothing afterwords.  At least I'd know and could mentally/emotionally prepare accordingly.  Unfortunately, there's just nothing that can really give a concrete answer.  I mean, near death experiences, valid or not, are as varied as the religions of the world, which to me suggests that they could be some sort of coma dream, or that the experience of death itself is like a dream.  Maybe the dream fades after the body completely dies, and maybe not.  Maybe there is actually a soul that is reincarnated into other forms.  Maybe there is some sort of paradise for those who... what?  Live good lives?  Help people?  Who can know?  I just don't think that there is a hellish place for people who don't believe exactly the right dogma-- that whole philosophy just stinks of human manipulation and control tactics.
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I would.  I've gone through so much faith-related instability and confusion in my life that I think it might bring some peace, even if it's a peace of knowing that there would be nothing afterwords.  At least I'd know and could mentally/emotionally prepare accordingly.  Unfortunately, there's just nothing that can really give a concrete answer.  I mean, near death experiences, valid or not, are as varied as the religions of the world, which to me suggests that they could be some sort of coma dream, or that the experience of death itself is like a dream.  Maybe the dream fades after the body completely dies, and maybe not.  Maybe there is actually a soul that is reincarnated into other forms.  Maybe there is some sort of paradise for those who... what?  Live good lives?  Help people?  Who can know?  I just don't think that there is a hellish place for people who don't believe exactly the right dogma-- that whole philosophy just stinks of human manipulation and control tactics.
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Trapped in one place for all eternity?  Wow, that would be hell.  I'd rather cease to exist.
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Trapped in one place for all eternity?  Wow, that would be hell.  I'd rather cease to exist.
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Hrm.  When I was a kid, it was the era of Pac Man and arcades and bulky, green-tinted computer monitors.  Um... I also remember Pong, though it was going out with the past at the time.  The game I remember the most, though-- how old was I?  Four or five, I'd think.  But it was this silly game where you put different parts of different animals together to make composite beasts.  I forget what it was called.  It just tickled me though.

Also, my dad wrote two computer games, that (he claims, but my dad has an ego... lol) were ahead of their time in use of graphics and did fairly well for awhile.  Of course, they'd be completely outdated now.  One was, I think, called Space Vikings (I think there was another game by the same name later on, but no relation), but I can't remember the other.

Then, when I was a teenager, I got addicted to Wing Commander after my dad showed me the game.

Yes, I plunk the cause of my current love of sci fi directly in my father's lap.  (though he inexplicably hates Doctor Who and can't understand why I love it... LOL)
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Hrm.  When I was a kid, it was the era of Pac Man and arcades and bulky, green-tinted computer monitors.  Um... I also remember Pong, though it was going out with the past at the time.  The game I remember the most, though-- how old was I?  Four or five, I'd think.  But it was this silly game where you put different parts of different animals together to make composite beasts.  I forget what it was called.  It just tickled me though.

Also, my dad wrote two computer games, that (he claims, but my dad has an ego... lol) were ahead of their time in use of graphics and did fairly well for awhile.  Of course, they'd be completely outdated now.  One was, I think, called Space Vikings (I think there was another game by the same name later on, but no relation), but I can't remember the other.

Then, when I was a teenager, I got addicted to Wing Commander after my dad showed me the game.

Yes, I plunk the cause of my current love of sci fi directly in my father's lap.  (though he inexplicably hates Doctor Who and can't understand why I love it... LOL)
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Oh, yes.  I might even live in it because it's haunted. 

Because I'm really weird that way. 

=)
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Oh, yes.  I might even live in it because it's haunted. 

Because I'm really weird that way. 

=)
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I think knowing another's innermost thoughts is incredibly overrated.  Too often the mind is colored by fear, insecurity, past experience, and personal perception.  Plus, it hurts like hell when you discover what a loved one really thinks of you, if what they really think is... less than flattering.
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I think knowing another's innermost thoughts is incredibly overrated.  Too often the mind is colored by fear, insecurity, past experience, and personal perception.  Plus, it hurts like hell when you discover what a loved one really thinks of you, if what they really think is... less than flattering.

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