Lazy Holidays

Hooray! It’s holiday time!

I’ve spent the last two days sleeping and reading. And playing games on my phone. And watching movies. It has been blissful!

I have a whole week off work. And it’s only a week. I know full well how quickly time flies by. In the wee hours of the morning, I made my to-do list, because I have a lot I would like to accomplish in this week. Well, less than a week now, because I spent two days being lazy.

That’s not true. I spent two days being. No agenda. No pressure. Just relaxing, and hanging out with my family. And I so needed that.

We celebrated on the Solstice. Actually, a bit before the Solstice. So by the time Christmas rolled around, we could just enjoy the time together. No pressure of big meals, or presents to wrap and unwrap. It was nice to sit by the fire, reading the books we received, sipping hot apple cider.

I hope your holidays are restful and re-energizing. Blissful and peaceful. Loving and joyful. Everything you need.

Blessings,

Mary

The Longest Night

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.

Blessings of the SeasonIt 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.

Blessings,

Mary

Merry (Fill In the Blank)

I’ve just arrived home from my Circle’s Yule Celebration and potluck, and I’m trying desperately to finish writing this blog post before succumbing to a food coma. So if I start to ramble, please forgive me.

Blessings of the SeasonThis year, my husband and I decided to celebrate Yule, or Winter Solstice, instead of Christmas. For many years, we’ve celebrated both, partly because of family visiting, and partly because of the societal hubbub that surrounds Christmas. It has become a very commercialized holiday, and I’m tired of that aspect of it.

I’m also tired of the “political correct” arguments about whether or not to wish someone a Merry Christmas. From people arguing that we have to put Christ back in Christmas, to those who say we can’t offend anyone of different religious beliefs, to those who would rather “Bah humbug!” and be done with it, I say it doesn’t really matter.

If you look at all the major holidays that fall around this time of year, they have one thing in common: light. In the northern hemisphere, it’s been getting noticeably darker – the days have been getting shorter. With the shorter days comes colder weather. This fact did not escape our ancestors. Around this time of year, even if we don’t notice it right away (like the 4 days between the Winter Solstice and Christmas, perhaps?) the days start getting longer again.

If you were dependent on the warmth of the longer days to feed yourself and your family, you’d be pretty happy about the days starting to get longer. It would definitely be a cause for celebration. You’d get together with your friends and family and feast and give each other presents because you were so grateful its not going to be dark forever. Maybe you’d even start getting together a little before the Winter Solstice, lighting candles and praying for the light to return because, hey, it couldn’t hurt, right?

I know, I’m over-generalizing all the holidays. We really are celebrating for many of the same reasons, though. So if someone says, “Merry Christmas!” to me, I’m not going to get upset about it. They are wishing me the same thing as Happy Hanukkah or Blessed Yule in their language. I’ll say it right back to them in their language. Because it is not as important to me to be “right” as it is to spread more love and joy and light at this dark time of the year. The words themselves are not as important as the meaning behind them.

So whether you celebrate Hanukkah, or Christmas, or Yule, or something else, or none of the above – I wish you peace, love, joy and infinite blessings. I wish you light.

Blessings,

Mary

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Happy Solstice-time Holy-day!

This is going to be brief because my parents are here visiting, my boys are bouncing around excited to open presents tomorrow, and I’m pouring all my writing efforts into launching the first Elements of Abundance 5-week teleclass!

holiday blessingsWishing you a very happy and blessed Holy-day, whichever one you choose to celebrate. May this time be filled with love, good food and lots of laughter.

Blessings,

Mary

Happy….

Whether you celebrate Christmas, Yule, Hannukah, Ramadan or Kwanzaa,
May the growing Light bless you with Peace, Love and Joy this holiday season.

Want to learn more about these different holidays?  ReligiousTolerance.org has a great write up describing the different celebrations at this time of year.  You can read about it here….

Blessings,

Mary

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Winter Solstice

Last night we had our annual Solstice Celebration, “Banish the Dark.”  It was a much smaller group than we have sometimes had, and yet we had an excellent meal cooked by my wonderful husband, and some good discussion.

After dinner, we turned off all the lights, and the fire in the fireplace had burned down to small coals.  One of the first fears that we experience as young children is fear of the dark, as my youngest immediately began complaining about.  David asked the question, “What is dark?”

My first response was, “Absence of light.”  My eldest son answered, “The opposite of light.”  Our guest suggested that a lot of sacred ceremony takes place in total darkness.

And then my lightbulb flashed.  The dark obscures outer vision so we may better see with inner vision.  We each took some time quietly meditating on that inner vision…well, the adults, anyway!

Then my husband lit a single candle from the almost extinguished coals of the fire.  How bright that light seemed after being in the darkness for a while! Slowly, we lit more and more candles, and the room became bright once more.  The higher we lifted our lights, the brighter the room became.

Winter Solstice Candles

I also took time to recall another Winter Solstice four years ago.  I had done many things to encourage my youngest to be born, but was waiting until the time he chose.  I went out for a walk on my own in the dying hours of the day.  I walked the path through the woods behind my home, across the two streams, down to the ocean, across the rocky beach to come to the entrance to my neighborhood, and back up to home.  I was out for at least an hour, in the rain and fading light.  The whole time I was out, I spoke to the baby inside me, encouraging him to come snuggle in my arms.  Just before two the next morning, my third son was born, echoing the rebirth of the Sun.

In my darkest hour, I went within, and new light sparked forth.

May you have the courage to face the darkness, your shadow, and through the challenge lift your light high for others to see.  All good things are coming to me, and to you.

Blessings

Mary