For many of us, the holiday season has arrived!
For those of us who are Jewish or Christian or American or maybe even a Westerner, no pages on the calendar marks the passing of time like the time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. For others, it is the season of celebrating light: Diwali and the Winter Solstice.
Whatever our traditions, we are likely to think, Another year has passed! or So much has happened this past year! At this time, our days and nights are full of traditions to think about: religious celebrations, special meals, cards and letters, photographs, decorating our homes, shopping for gifts, holiday gatherings. Sometimes we feel like we don’t even have time to think at all, that our list of things-to-do is impossibly long. We know we should be having fun, but we may feel stressed or even inappropriately sad. Others of us are blessed by memories of past holiday seasons, as we remember the beloved people and places that have made those times special for us.
Whether or not you are ready to celebrate Hannukah or Christmas or the Solstice or New Year’s Eve–and despite your mood–the last few days of the year can be a blessing. In the hectic times and the quiet moments, try looking for the most important aspects of this solstice season. Set aside your to-do list and focus on three things that, once embraced, will be holiday gifts to yourself. I am suggesting peace, joy and love! In the Nativity story, the Wise Men might have done well to offer these three, since Jesus certainly embraced them — and the Hannukah story is full of them. Peace, Joy and Love. They are already in your life, waiting for you to find them amidst the bustling crowds, the wrapping paper and bows, the latkes and candy canes, the Yule fires and midnight noisemakers. Close you eyes and feel them — or open your eyes and see them. You will be blessed!
To help in your search, here’s a holiday poem as my gift to you. Happy Holidays!
Peace! Joy! Love!
In Candle Glow and Choir Song,
In Places You Know You Belong,
When Frantic Preparations Cease,
Oh, Friend, May You Find Peace!
In Laughter and in Life’s Embrace,
In Smiles that Light Up Every Face,
In the Hopes of Little Girls and Boys,
Oh, Friend, May You Find Joy!
As You Open Gifts and Give Them Too,
As the Season Brings Its Best to You,
Like the Sweet Descent of a Sacred Dove,
Oh, Friend, May You Find Love!
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