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Sunday, January 06, 2013

Now that Christmas is behind us (although some of it appears to be lingering around my midsection), and New Year's has passed (heralding in another 2 months of writing down the wrong year on all letters, forms and applications), it’s time for the next feestdag of the Flemish calendar – that of Driekoningendag, or Three Kings Day.

On this day, children in groups of 3 dress up to represent the kings and proceed from house to house. They sing special songs for the occasion and are rewarded with sweets or money. Koningentaart is prepared – a puff pastry cake filled with frangipane – and a coin or bean is hidden inside. Whoever gets the piece of cake with the coin is “King/Queen for the Day” and gets to wear the crown. Some people open the doors and windows to let in good luck for the year.

We’ve just got back from a costly 3.6 mile walk – encountering several kings along the route who lightened hubby’s wallet to the tune of quite a few euros!!! Well, you can’t really say no, can you?

I was hoping to have an epiphany of my own to share today but no amazing sudden realisations have flooded my mind. However, something that I truly believe in (and may have been an epiphany at some point in my life) is that we can make things happen by being positive. Being positive doesn't mean that bad things and negative feelings never happen or even that a little self indulgent sulking isn't a part of my life. It's knowing inside that you can make things work out no matter what obstacle you’re met with – eventually, by working at it. Being negative is powerful and can give you power to not try anymore. It robs you of your power to succeed in other areas. When I indulge in negative thinking, I spiral downwards and it feels like I have a mountain to climb. It's easy to think at these times that there is some force working against you. There is – it’s yourself.
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1BEACHWALKER 1/8/2013 12:55AM

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SUSAN-IS-WORTHY 1/7/2013 10:21AM

    You are absolutely right! Positivity is the key and we are the ones that hold it. I need to stop locking myself out of my own house sometimes!

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ALIHIKES 1/6/2013 7:54PM

    Thank you for sharing the tradition of three kings, it is a really interesting and charming tradition! I totally agree with you about attitude. It makes all the difference in the world! emoticon

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LIS193 1/6/2013 11:16AM

    Enjoy the festivities. I remember them being mostly "south of the rivers" in Holland.
Yo are so right about positive thinking - the mind is a powerful thing!

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JACKIE542 1/6/2013 10:29AM

    I love that you share stories of the history of where you live, and I am glad you got out today even though it was costly.
I very much agree on keeping positive, I never got anywhere by being negative. Take care. Have a great day. emoticon emoticon

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WILSONWR 1/6/2013 10:23AM

    Quite an interesting tradition!

I agree about the negativity - it's a program killer. We all have to be more positive!

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UNSWEETMAMA 1/6/2013 10:22AM

    Well said!

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NEPTUNE1939 1/6/2013 10:14AM

    Keep your eye on the ultimate goal - Health - it has some great rewards both seen and unseen, Earl emoticon

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