Archive | December 21, 2019

2019 Chanukah (Hanukkah) On December 22 — Closer To Christmas Than Last 2-Years, But Still No Cigar.

by Anura Guruge


Definitely not a ‘Chrismukkah‘ as it was kind of in 2016
& for sure, for sure in 2005.


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The first night of Chanukah/Hanukkah can fall anywhere from November 27 to December 26 (Boxing Day). So, it can definitely fall on Christmas day or thereabouts. It fell on Christmas Eve in 2016 and there was much excitement — especially among those that have friends and family across both faiths.

Since it is an 8-day celebration it can still be going on at Christmas even if its start does not coincide with Christmas day per se. That would be the case this year. It will definitely span Christmas and stretch all the way close to New Year’s Eve.

That was NOT the case last year (2018) and the year before (2017). Chanukah/Hanukkah started in ‘early’ December. But, not so this year. It starts 3-days before. Close, but no cigar.

The jackpot will be in 2024 — when it will AGAIN be on Christmas Day.

Last time it fell on December 22 was in 1989 — 30-years ago.


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The Picture Of The Day (Google Pixel 4) + 6 Also-Rans — December 21, 2019, Winter Solstice.

by Anura Guruge


NO post-processing whatsoever.

Taken with my Google Pixel 4 Phone.

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tiki flame bright for the winter solstice New Hampshire Anura Guruge Google Pixel 4


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The Tantalizing Lit, Overspill Dam In Pittsfield, New Hampshire.

by Anura Guruge


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Blinking beautiful!

Saw it, last night, on the way to the ‘Festival Of Carols’ at the ‘First Congregational Church’ in Pittsfield — on Main St. After the concert (and dinner (at the ‘Main Street Bar & Grill, which was very good)) I walked back, despite the cold, to the dam so I could get some decent pictures. I was definitely rewarded.

Very simple, but clever, artistic and striking. Just a set of spotlights that change color.

Bravo, Pittsfield. You did good. Thank YOU.


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‘Festival Of Carols’, First Congregational Church Of Pittsfield, N.H. — Friday, December 20, 2019.

by Anura Guruge


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I, as some of you know and others have worked out, like most things ChristmasChristmas carols, especially live (and ideally lively) performances thereof, a particular favorite. During my near 14-years in Ceylon, I heard my adoptive mother (dotingly devout Buddhist (who taught at a Baptist girls school (and played the piano at all their assemblies and services)) sing ‘silent night’, at least once a day, year round! She sang Christmas carols in the car all the time, with great gusto — we not having a radio in the car.

Anywho, I like Christmas carols and have the car radio set, as of Thanksgiving, to the stations that play them. So, when I saw this ‘festival’ in the local paper I was keen to attend — we didn’t have anything scheduled for that evening and it was close enough (given that we had gone to Boston, for our annual ‘Revels‘, the night before).

Glad we went.

It was GOOD. Very well done. Nice warm church. Good, friendly folks — one of them, a leading voice in the choir, a neighbor.

It was a heartwarming, uplifting concert. Inspired choice of carols and hymns. We enjoyed it. It hit the spot. Thank you.

This will go on the calendar for next year.

We had been to that church before — but for a Christmas fair. Though it is but two towns away we rarely go into Pittsfield. We drive by all the time. Must rectify that. Nice town. Found a greta place to eat after this ‘Festival’. Had fun their too — and they too had live music, albeit not of the Christmas variety.

Merry Christmas.


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