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Greetings, poets! Gabriella tending the bar today. Welcome to our November OpenLinkNight. This is my first time tending bar for OLN here at dVerse and I am looking forward to reading the poems you will share with us.

Tomorrow marks the beginning of Advent, and for many, Christians or not, the beginning of the Holiday Season. Wherever we live and whatever significance Christmas has for us, December is a festive period.

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In fact it is a month filled with holidays, starting on December 6 with Saint Nicholas Day – a festival for children in many European countries. On December 8 Buddhists commemorate Bodhi Day. On December 13, Scandinavians celebrate Saint Lucy’s Day. Hanukkhah starts this year on December 17 and will end eight days later. December 21 will be the Winter Solstice. Kwanzaa will start on December 26, a day after Christmas. And, of course, we will celebrate the end of this calendar year on the last day of the month.

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Holidays are occasions for family meals and reunion, parties with friends, trips abroad or quiet times at home far from the rat race.

Join in the conversation and tell us about your country’s holidays and traditions. What is your favorite holiday? How do you prefer to celebrate? Do you have a particular memory of a special holiday?

So welcome poets to the bar tonight. Just a quick reminder of the house-rules:

▪ Write a poem, post it to your blog or webpage
▪ Click on Mr Linky below and enter your name and web address (url) of your poem
▪ Visit others, let them know what you think of their poem.
▪ Have fun.