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  1. J. R.'s Piece

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    "Are you too busy to take your Christmas decorations down? Are people telling you it's unlucky to have your decorations up after Twelfth night?

    Well, I have the perfect solution for you. You can leave them up until Candlemas Eve (1st February) and tell everyone that you're following an age-old tradition.

    As I have mentioned before, it was traditional in Medieval and Tudor times for homes to be decorated with greenery, such as laurel, holly, ivy and rosemary, at Christmas time but there was no rush to take it down on Twelfth Night, instead it was left decorating the house until Candlemas Eve. 17th century poet Robert Herrick wrote in his poem "Ceremony Upon Candlemas Eve":

    "Down with the rosemary, and so
    Down with the bays and misletoe ;
    Down with the holly, ivy, all,
    Wherewith ye dress'd the Christmas Hall :
    That so the superstitious find
    No one least branch there left behind :
    For look, how many leaves there be
    Neglected, there (maids, trust to me)
    So many goblins you shall see."


    Of course, you now need to remember to take them down on 1st February otherwise you'll have those goblins to contend with!

    Note: Candlemas, which is celebrated on 2nd February, is also known as the Feast of the Presentation of Christ in the Temple and the Purification of the Blessed Virgin. It commemorates the day on which the Virgin Mary would have been purified after childbirth and would have presented her son at the temple in Jerusalem. It was also the day on which Church candles were blessed."
    https://www.tudorsociety.com/christmas-decorations-twelfth-night-and-candlemas/
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    "The 2nd of February is Candlemas Day or if you are working by the old Julian calendar it is the 15th of February. The day marks the end of the old 40 day Christmas period and marks the halfway point of winter. This ancient day has been a day associated with the meeting of witch’s covens and pagans celebrate this as the ‘Festival Of Lights’ or Imbolc. It was from this point onwards the days got steadily lighter and heralded the approaching Spring and the flush of spring lambs and calves. As always the Christians found some excuse to steal the event and they called Candlemas Day – the ‘Presentation of Christ in the Temple’ or the ‘Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary’, I know what name I prefer. The name Candlemas derived from the Catholic practice of blessing the church candles that were to be used throughout the coming year. Hones (1846, p.52) describes such a service:

    On this festival, the second day of February, the Romish church celebrates with great pomp, the Purification of the Blessed Virgin. It stands also as a holyday in the calendar of the church of England… It is called Candlemas, because before mass is said this day, the church blesses her candles for the whole year, and makes a procession with hallowed or blessed candles in the hands of the faithful“.

    On Dartmoor it was always important to take down all the Christmas greenery that had decorated the house on Candlemas Eve. Not to do so was inviting a death in the household during the coming year. Robert Herrick wrote a verse on the ceremonies of Candlemas Eve (Hesperides, 1852, p.92) :

    Ceremonies upon Candlemas Eve.

    Down with the rosemary, and so

    Down with the bays and mistletoe;

    Down with holly, ivy, all.

    Wherewith ye dressed the Christmas Hall;

    That so the superstitious find

    No one least branch there left behind;

    For look, how many leaves there be

    Neglected, there (maids trust to me)

    So many goblins you shall see.

    Candlemas Day was an auspicious day for omens and predictions as it was thought that if you hear the church bells on this day it would warn of an imminent death of a close friend or relation. It was also the custom to light the last Christmas fire and let it burn until sunset. The fire must them be doused and relit and some of the charred wood kept to light the following Christmas log or Ashen Faggot, not to observe this was asking for a years worth of misfortune. Again, Herrick pens a verse on the ceremonies of Candlemas Day:

    The Ceremonies for Candlemas Day.

    Kindle the Christmas brand, and then

    Till sunset, let it burn;

    Which quench’d, then lay it up again

    Till Christmas next return.

    Part must be kept wherewith to tend

    The Christmas log next year,

    And where ’tis safely kept, the fiend

    Can do no mischief there.

    In some households it would be the custom to light a candle and put one in every window of the home. This was meant to attract good luck throughout the coming year. One superstition states how if anybody heard the sound of the soul bell on Candlemas Day then this was a warning that a member of the family or close friend would be die. The number of bell tolls that the person heard corresponded to the number of days that would pass before the death took place. The rest of the winter could be forecast from the weather on Candlemas Day. If it were a bright and dry day then the rest of the winter would be long. cold and wintry and visa versa:

    “If Candlemas Day be fair and bright,

    Winter will have another fight,

    But if Candlemas Day be clouds and rain,

    Winter is gone, and will not come again”.

    There was also a saying which went – “A farmer should, on Candlemas Day, have half his corn and half his hay.” Which basically meant the winter was halfway through and anybody who had less than half of their feed left could have problems later. I know of a farmer that still today refuses to start his “Candlemas fodder,” until the 3rd of February. Oddly enough in 1851 Dartmoor had not seen a single snowflake fall by Candlemas Day which was something unheard of in living memory. Alternately there is this rather morbid piece of farming advice:

    On Candlemas Day if the sun shines clear,

    The shepherd had rather see his wife on the bier“.

    Here there is a warning that a sunny Candlemas Day heralds the onset of cold weather which to the shepherd may well mean losses amongst his ewes and lambs, although on most of the moor the lambs do not arrive until much later in the year. It was also considered that by Candlemas Day the daylight hours should begin to lengthen and so there was less of a need for candles, hence the saying:

    You should on Candlemas Day,

    Throw candle and candlestick away.”

    At one time the strong winds that normally accompany the moths of February and March were known as ‘Candlemas Eve Winds’ because with the old weather patterns this was when they arrived howling across the moor. So, all in all the second of February has been a special day in the calendar since early pagan times, is another feature of global warming going to be the loss of such traditions?"


    http://www.legendarydartmoor.co.uk/christ_canmas.htm
     
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    Thanks for clearing that up for me. I honestly don't want to take my mom's angry Siamese anywhere in her stroller that much anymore. Lucy weighs like, fifteen pounds, and pushing that stroller is getting too hard now! The only thing I am confused about is why Petsmart or whatever (can't remember which chain it was) lets people bring their dogs to walk around in the store with them. And I KNOW that not all of those dogs (if any) that I saw are service animals or seeing eye dogs or whatever the heck they are supposed to be! Why is a pet store above the law!?
     
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    Okay, that is beyond gross! (shudder!)
     
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    Because pet stores are not preparing food to be sold for human consumption.
     
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    I've always liked the smell of fish food.
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    I've always been bothered by the sight of people (usually older men) making themselves too comfortable on furniture in stores. I'm referring to furniture such as armchairs and such, not the benches most stores provide at the entrance. These old guys seem okay with making themselves a part of the display by tucking in and making themselves at home. At times it looks like eldercare.

    Today I was in HomeGoods, an outlet-type store that sells occasional furniture among many other things. Invariably, some old guy is camping out in a chair or on a sofa that is clearly merchandise for sale (tags on it, usually up on a platform a foot off the ground, etc.). They're not "trying it out" before purchasing it; they'll sit there half an hour or more, just watching customers walk by as if we're walking through their living room. What bugs me most is that these are pieces of merchandise, and he might very well scratch it or stain it--and then it's un-sellable. And if he were to fall off it or out of it (like I said, the pieces are on low platforms, not just sitting on the floor) you can just bet he'd be screaming lawsuit despite the ridiculousness of the situation. I guess the managers don't want to make the old guys angry (well, angrier) by telling them to get up. Maybe their wives are so sick of dealing with them that they ordered hubby to sit there and let them shop in peace!
     
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    People who, when you have sent them an email with all the info they need, who come and talk to you or call you saying 'I thought it would be easier to do this by phone'.

    No. That is exactly the reason I emailed you you twat!
     
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    So I come in with my soup and the girl I'm working with says 'oh what have you got?'

    'Soup'

    'What kind?'

    'Tomato'

    'Oooo I had tomato soup'

    'Great'

    Five minutes later as I'm trying to eat it....

    'Oh what do you have with your soup...oh is that bread??? Oh you would have to have something with it really...'

    OH F OFF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:crazyme:
     
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    Perhaps, moving to the Elderly State was not such a good idea:lol:

    What I also hate is: sign for delivery. In the days of pen & paper (showing age here) the pen didn't work or the paper was wet or crumpled or too small (I have a very big signature).
    But NOW I have to sign with my finger! On a filthy touch-screen thing, touched by many many other people. And how am I supposed to "finger" my signature properly anyway?:confused:

    Well at least I don't have to put my signature on bank cards anymore.
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    See that ridiculously tiny white space? It's not big enough, especially when you write your signature with force, like I always do.
     
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    I often have to sign for the packages at work, and there HAS to be a more accurate technology for the signature. Even when they have that little stick/stylus thing, your signature looks like an unraveled ball of string, not resembling human handwriting whatsoever. If the signature is supposed to be an 'official' record of receipt, FedEx or UPS ought to come up with touch screens that can better capture one's actual handwriting. 99% of the time it looks like the person signed it with their foot.
     
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    The last time I didn't press hard enough so the "signature" didn't appear on the screen. The impatient deliveryman decided to do it for me.
    Yes people, that's right, HE signed for the delivery!! I just stood there completely baffled.
     
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    They sometimes do that where I live. I still get the presents. I'd get really annoyed if they took them after signing it for me.
     
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    I think that's very courteous.
     
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    I'm getting really sick of going into a store to by something only to be asked if I have a loyalty card and when I say no they say "Can I have your email address and I'll get you one?"

    No, you can't. I just want my purchase and I want to leave.
     
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    They usually don't want to be bothered up with it either, but their bosses force them to ask. :re:

    I preferred the old days when the loyalty cards were geared only to your phone number or an address you gave them. I made up so many fake addresses on the spot, and the stores could have cared less.
     
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    I get freebies with loyalty cards. So I don't mind.

    But when I recently won 5kg of shortbread and a Balthazar of champers from the Diabetes Support Group, I made the mistake of not storing them inside one of the hidden rooms that my family (with the exception of a trusted lock-picking INFP first cousin once removed descending playmate who caught me climbing through the back panel of a wardrobe and agreed to keep my adventuring secrets secret in return for me not revealing evidence of who really broke the dining room table) don't know about. Two weeks later someone got incensed when they asked for someone because I didn't let them have any. I didn't even know they liked shortbread. Besides I'd consumed it all within 36 hours of winning it. I never share shortbread anyway because the idea of anyone else eating my shortbread makes me uncontrollably angry for very nearly two seconds.
     
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    When people stop the elevator as the doors are closing because they simply cannot wait for the next one!!!!
     
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    I may have already complained about this one, but it happened (again) today and I thought of this thread.

    I had an early lunch today in a nearly-deserted restaurant. There were (probably) eighty tables sitting empty and where does the next patron decide to sit? Directly across from me, one table over. Eating alone is not a big deal for me, but having to avert my eyes and feign interest in everything except what's in my direct line of sight is annoying. It did not help that every time I accidentally looked in his direction, he did the same thing to me.

    Next time, I'll have to get up and move even though I was there first. [/pouts]
     
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    ^
    Hilarious, but I recognize the situation. I once ate in a restaurant (alone) and they gave me one of the two tables that were put on some sort of platform.
    So there I was, entertaining the crowd with my dinner. I remember the price, Fl. 20, 75. Thankfully I had a lot of 5 cents coins in my wallet:).
    If anyone deserved a tip it was me.
    "I want to pay this with my loyalty points. No, not that one, oh wait, no, maybe you're right. I'll buy that one with the loyalty points".
    "The card is not working". "It happens sometimes".
    And the line at the checkout is getting longer and longer. It's a nightmare for everyone, when people have to think how to make the purchase.
     
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    I have a habit of stopping the lift as the doors are closing to let other people have the delight of sharing a ride with me. I never could say no, since I don't want to deprive them of their day's highlight. Although I usually do that from inside the lift. Lucky them.
    I love loyalty points. I bought Batman and the 1966 feature film with loyalty points and then got half those points back the very next day for being loyal and got all their points back plus more by loyalty-card based shopping over the next month. And then I spent them on Star Trek, because I'd never seen it. And then was accumulated them all again. And then spent them on Mission Impossible seasons 1-7 and the eighties continuation. And then accumulated all the spent points back again. And then got a Monty Python box set and got Carol Cleveland (delightful lady) to sign it and then I bought a Carry On box set (and got Amanda Barrie, Valerie Leon, Kenneth Cope, Margaret Nolan and Angela Douglas to sign it) and then accumulated every point back again and have left them accumulating. One day, I even intend to start watching the box sets possibly (obviously I've been already been watching Batman) but I haven't set a date yet.
     

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