Happy Holly Days

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When I was young, I learned to draw a Christmas holly. It was easy, and fun, and I felt very clever for being able to decorate all my Christmas present tags, cards and so on with this delightful festive icon.

Happy Holly Days Holly illustrations lovingly drawn on a letter to Santa

And so it was that I came to reflect upon the meaning of « Happy Holidays ». It must mean, I reasoned, « Happy Days of Holly ». After all, no one ever mentioned holly bushes or berries at any other time of year. That must be it.

I held on to this conclusion and for many years, affirmed this understanding by adding a cheerful holly symbol to all the Christmas stuff I generated to decorate or give each year.

Never did it occur to me that « holiday » might mean « holy day ». You may guess we never attended church.

Do you have any rituals, symbols or understandings…

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Que vaut vraiment le Canadien 2014-2015 ?

Go Habs Go !!!!!

The Powerplay Quarterback

Carey Price, bien remis de la blessure qui l'avait privé de la finale de la Conférence Est, est l'élément clef d'un Canadien qui mène la ligue. Le gardien Carey Price, bien remis de la blessure au genou qui l’avait privé de la finale de la Conférence Est, est l’élément clef d’un Canadien de Montréal qui mène la ligue (image Canadiens.com).

Montréal en tête de la NHL (à l’heure où nous écrivions ces lignes, le Canadien partageait le premier rang overall avec les Canucks et les Ducks) après plus d’un quart de la saison, c’est une situation que peu de pronostiqueurs avaient annoncé avant le début des hostilités. Sans toujours se montrer étincelante, l’équipe québécoise réalise l’un de ses meilleurs débuts de saison depuis bien longtemps. Mais lorsqu’on se penche sur les chiffres, on ne peut que s’interroger, s’agit-il d’une simple embellie, ou de l’annonce que la fenêtre de tir de l’équipe pour lutter, année après année, pour la Stanley Cup, est bel et bien en train de s’ouvrir? Tentative de réponse.

Les raisons de douter

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France steps up patrols after spate of lone-wolf attacks


The latest from Reuters World News! PARIS (Reuters) – French security forces stepped up security at public places for the Christmas holiday season on Tuesday after three separate acts of violence in three days left about 30 wounded and reignited fears of attacks by Islamist radicals.

Reuters: World News http://ift.tt/1AWaiSB

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Week 16 Divisional Review: NFC West


cardinals-logoArizona Cardinals – 6 (11-4)

vs Seattle Seahawks – 35 (11-4)

Arizona were blown out at home in disappointing fashion, handing over control of the NFC West to Seattle in process. The Cardinals kept the game tight for three quarters but could not keep pace with the Seahawks in the fourth quarter when the game finally got out of hand. Arizona need Seattle to slip up next week at home to St. Louis, while they must beat San Francisco to have any chance of winning the division.

With Ryan Lindley at QB following the injury to Drew Stanton, Arizona knew they would be facing a mountainous task against the reigning champions. By the end of the night, Lindley had extended his unwanted record of most passes thrown by an NFL player to never have a touchdown pass to 225. He was wildly inaccurate, throwing high, wide and low of his receivers…

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