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Tonight is Christmas Eve in the Christian world, the eve of the day on which Jesus Christ was born--according to tradition anyway. In reality, the holiday's placement in December has more to do with Christianization of pagan holidays than with historical fact, but personally I like that Christmas comes in December. So many great traditions (at least in the Northern Hemisphere) having to do with the cold and snow. Personally I prefer Christmas Eve over Christmas day. Christmas day has just become so materialistic--Christmas Eve is peaceful, joyful, and holy to me.

Taken from the ski lift today at Sunshine Village in Banff National Park. I think this is the first time I've seen a completely blue sky at Sunshine. The ski resort is woefully misnamed. But it's a very pretty place, especially when it's sunny and the temperature is above -10 C.

Merry Christmas to each of you. And if you don't celebrate Christmas, then a very merry holiday of your choice in December 2009.

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