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Happy Yule!

My fiance and I celebrate Yule rather than the more common Christmas.  I don't want to give you all a history lesson here, but many of the traditions commonly associated with Christmas actually have their roots in ancient Nordic Yule celebrations.  To most people, our Yuletide celebrations probably don't seem all that different then your average Christmas.  I think one of the biggest differences is that instead of just being one day, Yule each year starts on the first day of winter and lasts 12 days - until the new year!

Last night Chris and I kicked off our celebration with a date night at the movies.  We started this tradition years back when the Lord of the Rings movies came out.  They were all released around Christmas time so we made seeing them part of our celebrations.  Of course there was no Lord of the Rings/Hobbit movies released this year, so we settled for Star Wars instead.

We got home really late so today is going to be a bit rough, but that's ok.  Chris and I both have to work today but tonight I'm making a big dinner, complete with a Yule log shaped cake for dessert.  Because when you can't burn a real Yule log, you make do with cake!

Last weekend we got snow!  We got around 2 inches of snow, although it didn't last long.  The day after it snowed it was 55*F and sunny so it all melted pretty quickly.  Fen especially loved the snow while it was here.  All he wanted to do all day was run around and play in it.  I had to be a meanie and force him inside when I noticed him starting to get cold.  He has fur similar to a husky's but he's only 10 lbs and is quite lean, so doesn't seem to be able to tolerate the cold the way a husky would be able too.  Ah the hardships of being a teeny tiny snow dog.

Kit likes the snow but not nearly as much as Fen.  Kit is more of an 'enjoy the winter weather from inside where it's nice and warm' type of dog.  He does seem to enjoy eating it though.  Silly pup.

No matter what winter holidays you celebrate, or if you don't celebrate any at all, I hope you are all enjoying the season.  I know this time of the year can sometimes bring a lot of stress with it - I'm certainly guilty of falling into that trap.  Luckily my pets make great therapists and spending time with them is one of my favorite ways to de-stress.  Hopefully, if you're prone to stressing out during the holiday season too, you have someone or something that helps you unwind enough to enjoy this unique time of the year.

Thanks, as always, for reading and happy holidays!

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