Today, my family is celebrating the Winter Solstice – the longest night of the year, and the shortest day. After today, the amount of daylight will begin to grow longer and longer once again.
It never ceases to amaze me that cultures all around the world have celebrations to honor the return of the light: Yule, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and others.
There’s a primal-ness to this night. The darkness. Knowing that this is the moment of shift, and yet wondering – will it really happen? Can we survive the cold and the dark?
As the light begins to grow again, we naturally want to celebrate. To feast and give each other gifts to show how much we each mean to each other.
So I’d like to give you a gift to show you how much I appreciate you!
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Happy Hanukkah. Merry Christmas. Blessed Yule. Whatever you choose to celebrate, or not, I wish you peace, love, joy and infinite abundance.
Yesterday was Christmas, a time when some of us think about our own brand of spirituality, some of us take joy in giving, and some of us are all about getting (I won’t even call it receiving).
I was a little bummed as I put out the Christmas stockings, and mine was only half filled. There were no presents for me under the tree (well, there was one, kind of – it was for me and the rest of my family). I didn’t let my slump last long though. There were quite a few presents for my boys, and I had been a little worried that they would have precious few gifts to open. And I did buy myself a present a few days before Christmas.
I enjoyed seeing them get excited about the items my husband and I had found for them. I started seeing the abundance all around me: the abundance of gifts for my children, the abundance of birds in the trees outside, the abundance of love in my home, and food in my cupboards, and activities to keep my mind engaged.
I spent the day cooking for my family, and was gifted with the thanks of full tummies throughout the house (which, in a house with three growing boys, is a rare blessing indeed!).
I even went for a walk in the sunshine with my sweetheart for the first time in many weeks.
By the end of the day, I was feeling full to overflowing with blessings in my life. And so I share some of my blessings.
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Tradition! Ah, the family traditions that tie one generation to the next, and create memories for many years to come. Here is one of our family’s Christmas traditions:
Making our Gingerbread House
Each year we make a gingerbread house (from scratch) at Christmas, and then share it with friends the following week. The boys get to help roll the dough, cut out the cookies, and decorate the house. They love sampling the candy as it goes on, too!
What traditions do you have in your family at this time of year? Or what memories do you have of traditions from your childhood?