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Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Merry Christmas




Merry Christmas
To all my friends
To my dear readers
To You!

38 comments:

Isobel said...

All the best of the holidays to you too, my friend. What are the Christmas traditions in Syria?? Is there much of a celebration? What a wonderful photo!! Did you take it??? If so you must tell me the trick to getting the log to burn like that? Ohhh...I'm just full of inquiries today!! :)

BIL said...

I would like to wish you, your family and all the readers throughout the world a very joyful holiday. Season’s greetings to one and all.

Joseph said...

Thank you Abufares, for the Christmas wish. May the festive season bring plenty of peace and quite to allow you recuperate your energy and thoughts or perhaps you're hoping for plenty of excitement. Well, which ever comes first enjoy it to the maximum.
Greetings to you and your family my friend.

Gabriela said...

Merry Christmas, AbuFares.
One of the best things of 2009 was getting to know you and your wonderful blog. May you have the best in 2010. May we all can keep on enjoying your wonderful prose and style. May 2010 be better than 2009 in every aspect.
I wish you the best! And your readers as well!

Anonymous said...

Merry Cristmas to all,
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6o8-eLZhrOA

http://www.everyculture.com/multi/Sr-Z/Syrian-Americans.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ancient_Syria

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christianity_in_Syria

http://www.allthingschristmas.com/traditions.html
http://www.toolong.com/christmas.htm

Karin said...

Thank you so much dear friend!! I didn't and still don't have much of ANY celebration this year ... no Eid, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year ... I did and will work on each single holiday ... a bummer, I know! What keeps me afloat and sane is the knowledge it is the LAST TIME ... after graduation I will get back to a NORMAL "schedule", no nightshifts ect. anymore for me - EVER!

HAPPY SEASON GREETINGS to you and your loved ones!!!
:-)

Gabriela said...

I really hope you can get back to normal very soon, Karin.
¡Saludos desde Lima!

boinky said...

Maligaya Pasko from the Philippines

kinzi said...

Abu Fares, thank you so much, and may you be richly blessed. Thanks for being one for me!

Dubai Jazz said...

Merry Christmas to you too, Abu Fares!

Anonymous said...

Abufares, may gods bring us back all the rivers that were killed,

le

abufares said...

My Dear Isobel
Of course there are many nice and local traditions in addition to the usual ones.
The Tartous Christmas parade toured the city yesterday. My kids attended but didn't want me with them. Instead, each went with his/her friends and enjoyed the festivities.
I took the photo at my friend Majed's restaurant in the mountain. If it's wonderful it's because "3younek helween." lolll, OK, let me translate that. If you say something looks wonderful a gentleman like me should respond: "Your eyes are wonderful" meaning that they can only see beautiful things because they are so beautiful :-)
Finally, and to answer your last inquiry, the log was hollow. I think it came from a sick or dead tree and you know... I put it over the amber and it started burning like this. Then I took this historic photo.
How about that for an answer???
Merry Christmas Isobel, always a pleasure to see you here.

abufares said...

@BIL
Thank you for dropping by and I wish you and your loved ones ;-) the best of times, now and always.

abufares said...

@Joseph
I always love to hear from you. Your words flow like a spring from the mountains of Lebanon. BTW, I was there today with my dad and had a really good time.
My best wishes to you and yours my friend.

abufares said...

@Gabriela
I'm so lucky to have met you this year. May be I get luckier in 2010 and get to sit with you either in Lima or in Tartous and have a chance to celebrate a very unique and special friendship.
Merry Christmas my dear friend.

abufares said...

@Anonymous
Many thanks for the links
Merry Christmas to you and yours

abufares said...

@Karin
I hope you get to look back in 2010 and say: I DID IT!!!
May all your dreams come true. You've certainly worked very hard for them.
Merry Christmas dearest Karin

abufares said...

@Boinky
Milad Majeed from Syria

abufares said...

@Dubai Jazz
To you too my friend. Any occasion to celebrate is mine too.
Christmas is one of my favorites.

abufares said...

@le
Amen to that
Let's drink a toast tonight...

Kass el Furat wel Amazon :-)

Pearl said...

Wish you a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful Holiday :o)

I have met so many readers thru you ya abufares :o) so I thank you for that!

Please say hello to Syria, I miss her terribly.

abufares said...

@Pearl
Ya mit ahla wa sahla, nawwarti el blog.
Merry Christmas and the happiest of times to you and yours. I thought you must be already on vacation since I didn't see you on Mariyah's SS23.
I hope you had/have/will always have a greeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaatttttttt time.

Syria misses you too.

Mariyah said...

All the best of the season to you and your beautiful family, Abufares! I shall raise a glass of wine in good cheer to you and the rest of our wonderful blogging community tonight!

abufares said...

@Mariyah
Ahla w Sahla :-)
I will raise mine too.
I wish we could've clinked them together tonight ;-)
Don't over do it and try to read SS24 when you can. I promise to post on time.
Merry Christmas!!!

abufares said...

@Kinzi
You're so welcome and it's always a great and indescribable pleasure to see you here.
The best tor you and yours!!!

Anonymous said...

If it's wonderful it's because "3younek helween." lolll, OK, let me translate that. If you say something looks wonderful a gentleman like me should respond: "Your eyes are wonderful" meaning that they can only see beautiful things because they are so beautiful :-)

Wonderful!I think only you can write and explain such this reply!
Merry Christmas to you and to all from London.
Cheers mate.

Joseph said...

والله خجلتني يا ابوفارس. الله يمد و يطول بعمر والدك
Always hoping, your days are filled with happiness, excitement and good times, shared with your loved ones.

Yazan said...

Yen3ad 3leik Abu Fares, Milad Majeed. :)

Gassan said...

Merry Christmas I hope the new year will be a year of joy, health to you and your family . I wish to read more of your posts next year. Neighbor

abufares said...

@Joseph

Thank you my dear friend, again Merry Christmas!

abufares said...

@Yazan
Teslam ya Adami, kol 3am wa anta bi kheir

abufares said...

@Gassan
You're always welcome here, neighbor. I hope the new year brings us joy and happiness and the peace we all need.

abufares said...

@from London
I'm glad you liked my reply. Well some women are simply inspiring:-)
Cheers to you too... from Tartous.

Katia said...

You reminded me of Christmas in Syria with all its kitsch and wonderfulness. It's been a long time and I definitely miss it. I'm having a gorgeous white Christmas, which is worth raising a glass to as well. So that's what I did last night and I'm about to go do some more of it today and tomorrow :-) It's cold after all ;-)

Happy holidays!

abufares said...

@Katia
Kassek, enjoy it my friend.

Anonymous said...

Best of wishes for the New Year Abufares!

w.b. yeats

abufares said...

@w.b. yeats
To you and yours too :-)

Anonymous said...

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