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Parenting Beyond Belief, 2nd Edition by Dale McGowan

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Holidays and Celebrations

INTRODUCTION

Imagine life without cycles or landmarks of any kind—just birth, followed by a long, gray line of 27,941 days, then death.

I’m kidding—but even if that were true, it’s a moot point. We are never without our cycles and landmarks. The religious and non-religious alike live in wheels within wheels, cycling through weeks, months, seasons, and years, each of them marked with days and events we declare to be special. Some are fixed by nature, like birthdays, solstices, equinoxes—all of which celebrate the return of the planet to a precise orbital spot—and seasons, a slower, more majestic ticking that ...

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