The seasons are upon us.
What do I think?
I like them. Nostalgia is a good thing. But also, I am seeing past the commercialism that turned me off since I was a kid.
Wednesday night was the first night of our annual Holiday hobby: driving through the neighborhood looking for lights while listening to the holiday radio station.
What started at first as a way to appease my son in his quest for bigger and better inflating Christmas Characters on the lawn, since we don't have a lawn and I couldn't figure out how to get the plug to reach out in front, has become a tradition. Even though we have 'all the stuff' out front, and a new plug built in just for this purpose by an electrician friend, we like to go and see what our neighbors have to do.
This time I was struck by two things:
1) These displays really are a 'light in the darkness' and evoke lots of joy in those who see them.
2) the tiny apartment display on the balcony shed as much love, if not more, than the typical yard.
When else do you get to show how kind you are to strangers and coworkers and family?
It is a season built on love. And giving. And sharing for those who are less fortunate.
It has the power to STOP WARS, if only for a day and night.
It has the power to seek peace in families, reconciliation.
It also marks the passing of time.
Christmas is the time which reminds us all life, is a circle, and in the cycle of the year we start again.
I call it Christmas. Some have other names for it, like Kwanzaa, Hannukah, Solstice, Yule. No matter what, the concept is the same.
I found freedom from the 'Holiday: Commerce Day' when I let go of all expectation regarding the holiday. Yes, I still find discomfort from having to work instead of be with my family. And from being single at a time when couples and family are highlighted the most. Letting go means letting more light in from Source.
Enjoy your time with the Holidays. You may not pass this time again. Enjoy it. Just for you.
Love and Light and Namaste,