The Return of the Light

Sunrise beach – Cape May, NJ

It’s always been interesting to me how the holy days in the christian calendar overlap with the pagan holidays of old. Before we had Christmas, there was the Germanic Yule — which gave us things like yuletide caroling and the yule log — and the Roman Saturnalia, a rousing ruckus of a time when laws were temporarily suspended and people exchanged gifts, got rip-roaring drunk, and ate — wait for it — fruit cake!

Moody Sunrise, Cape May, NJ

No matter what your holiday you celebrate, remember there is no wine without clean water. A little something to ponder while you drink your Christmas ale.

Misty Sunrise, Cape May, NJ

Here comes the sun!

Technically, Sunset – Cape May, NJ

About Pam Lazos

writer, blogger, environmentally hopeful
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31 Responses to The Return of the Light

  1. jkaybay says:

    The Sunrise Beach photo is wonderful!

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  2. I, too, love the origin stories of our different idioms and customs. Thank you for sharing! One of my favorites (non-Christmas-y) is the origin of the good night wish “sleep tight” 🙂

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    • Pam Lazos says:

      Because of the way they held the straw mattresses together with twine, right? And usually followed by, “don’t let the bedbugs bite” because the straw had mites of some kind. Is that how you know it?

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  3. Lovely post and photos, Pam. Sending blessings to you and your family, and gratitude for your continuing efforts to raise awareness about water! 💜

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  4. hilarymb says:

    Hi Pam – when the sun eventually returns here … I’ll be really grateful – but at least it’s ‘warm’ but wet! Still – alive and well we are. One doctor + boyfriend missed out on Christmas down here due to Covid … but not serious though, and I’m sure they’ll be down soon.

    We do need to look after our planet and think about the future … leaving things as pristine as possible – I hope more learn and understand … we can only lead by example, at least we can, and hope others follow.

    Cheers and all the best for the coming year – Hilary

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  5. Excited for the sun to return here in Wisconsin, to be sure! Frankly, excited the holidays are wrapping up, too. This December was a tough one with the more grueling work schedules. We did our best for our kiddos to have a happy Christmas, but we definitely are happy to have the stress of Christmas in the past. I hope you are able to have some fun with family as we transition into a new year!

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  6. Linda Schaub says:

    After the holidays are over, the days will lengthen as we slowly make our way to Summer Solstice – to feel the light on our faces is what gets us through these trying times. Blessings to you and your family for this holiday season and beyond Pam.

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  7. TanGental says:

    Happy holidays Pam and May next year be full of sunrises

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  8. Cape May is A-OK. Looks like you had the sands to yourself.

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  9. Happy Holidays, Pam! May your days be filled with light ❤

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  10. Susan Scott says:

    Ah lovely Pam! Happy solstice blessings to you! And of course for the festive season and for the new year! Hope you’re all keeping well, safe and happy ❤️💥❤️

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    • Pam Lazos says:

      Same to you, dear Susan. I hope omicron is not making everyone’s life hell over there and that all is well I your world. 🌎 Peace on earth, and maybe some biscotti and a nice whiskey. 😂 🥃

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  11. May you have the most wonderful Christmas my lovely friend xxxxxx

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  12. lampmagician says:

    You said the words! Thank you, and wishing you and yours, a happy holiday with the hope for the better in the next year. 🤗🥰❤️🙏

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