why i celebrate

forgive my lack of posting; it's been a ridiculously busy month. on the upcoming 'to-post' list: tally hall, fall '09 classes, winter/spring '08 classes (wow, i'm behind), holidays, other such fun stuff

watch for 'em [hopefully...relatively] soon!

...but for now, i'll just let you know that Christmas was amazing. i hope you are all enjoying the holidays. for those of us who celebrated Christmas, let's remember the reason we have it, eh?

{these photos are brought to you by my camera and my mother's lovely house.}

to see another Christmas reminder, go here.

as my friend britta put it, Christmas = Christ + mas ("more" in spanish). so,
more Christ.

(i agree)


--jeff * said...

i <3 your camera and the photographs that come from it. at the moment, i'm particularly fond of the one on this post.

thank you for the reminder. like the english/spanish analysis.

and i'm looking forward to the blessed tally hall post. (i also dig your art class posts, too, i'm just not as emotionally connected to them).

sleep well. : )

joe said...

That's good to remember. I was actually laughing at church though when she said that cause the origin of the word is actually in its Catholic roots. It's supposed to mean "Christ's Mass." Lol. Now I feel all stuck up and snotty. :(

Point is... MORE CHRIST AT CHRISTMAS!!!! I second, third, and fourth that motion!

K said...

Of course, Joe is right. But I found that interpretation intriguing. Of course, Spanish comes from Latin roots, as does the word for Catholic mass, so I'm wondering what the latin etymology is of both those things. Perhaps Mass means more - as in, more worship, more contact with God. So Joe, don't get stuck up too quickly.

And of course, I agree. Most things we use to decorate at Christmas are, at heart, symbols of the true story - candy canes are shepherd's crooks, the evergreen - everlasting life and endurance through death till new life, the ornaments the fruit on the tree of life - and when the ornaments are symbolic of the things you love in life - family, nature, music - whatever - those are blessings that can count as the beautiful fruit of the life we have been given. And so it goes -

kwistin said...

i liked all 3 of your statements, jeff. :)

and haha-- yes. thanks, joe, and k, for the "correct" meanings. i actually did know that the roots were derived from Catholic mass, however, when britta suggested this different take, it made me really think about it. i was able to grasp it easier in regards to applying it to my way of thinking about Christmas.

and thanks, k, for delving deeper...i hadn't thought of the latin etymology. awesome. :)