This time of year between Christmas and New Years always reminds me of a gap or hole in the space-time – a dead week when it’s hard to get any work done, and not much reason to either. I believe in the Mayan Calendar, when they had finished counting through one Time-Cycle and there were a few days before the beginning of another Cycle, they held feast-days to fill up the gaps in Time. It was a dangerous time-out of Time, and anything could happen. They probably killed a few important sacrifices they had saved up for just such a momentous occasion as well.
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