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Happy Hogswatch!

... yesyes, and merry Christmas, happy Hanucka (please excuse the spelling) or whatever else you are celebrating these days.

'twas the night before Hogswatch and all through the house
not one creature stirred, especially one mouse:
It hadn't been careful and stepped in a trap,
so it ended it's life with a "squeak!" and a "snap!".

Now all that is left is to meet the Grim Squeaker
Who'll be swinging it's scythe like the ultimate sweeper
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that the Hogfather soon would be there.

The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of liverwurst danced in their heads.
And mamma in her ‘kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just settled our brains for a long winter’s nap. (...)

Whether you believe in someone running the universe or not, take a moment and think of your friends and the good things that bind you together. If you're in the northern hemisphere like I am then light some candles or switch on the light, don't let the winter darkness get the better of you.

PS: The picture above (Quoth the Raven and Death of Rats, wishing you a Happy Hogswatch too) is one of the Hogswatch motives done by Paul Kidby. You can get the actual card and many other of his fantastic Discworld motives on his homepage: http://www.paulkidby.com/

PPS: Both Quoth the Raven and Death of Rats are reoccuring characters in the marvellous Discworld series by Terry Pratchett (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Discworld). If you like reading as I do you will love it. I could go on and on about what makes Discworld so special for me, how it is funny but also very deep, how the Discworld in itself follows a deep sense of logic or how allmost each of it's major characters in some way is my favourite Discworld character (and list them all while doing it). But others, who are better than me at writing allready did this numerous times before (see Wikipedia), so I won't. ^^