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Parenting Beyond Belief by Dale MCGOWAN

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CHAPTER 3Holidays and Celebrations

Introduction

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

Okay, it wouldn’t be that bad. But fortunately it’s not an issue: We 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, and equinoxes—which celebrate the return of the planet to a certain precise orbital spot—and seasons, a slower, more majestic ticking that (at my latitude, anyway) gives a person a glimpse at the cosmic wristwatch.

The recognition of life landmarks, such as naming, rites of passage, marriage, anniversaries, and ...

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