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As for the Holidays …

For the next four weeks we all (well mostly all because there will always be the ones that don’t 😉) will be quite busy preparing for the annual celebration of the Holidays (Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa) and later to ring in the new year. How time has flown. It seems like yesterday we were getting ready to get together for the same. Time, aside from being the measurement we use to determine a point of time as measured in hours and minutes past midnight or noon and the indefinite continued progress of existence and events in the past, present, and future regarded as a whole* and very well defined in the Oxford Dictionary, remains elusive like a smooth flowing continuum. (And if you are lost there ... don;t worry it will only get better) Dimensional and illusory, time is an observed phenomenon perceived as senses and changes in the environment and the universe. Quite a mouthful, I agree, but with a certain poetic undertone to it nevertheless.

Anyway, I am diverging. This is about the holidays and not really about time. Or is it? I’d like to start with Christmas, the holiday that celebrates the birth of Jesus, a time where people come together and on Christmas morning open the presents Santa Claus thought they deserved. My daughter V, like her dad, loves Christmas. It’s her favorite holiday, and she really starts getting into the spirit right after Thanksgiving. No, before Thanksgiving. Just as soon as the Hallmark Christmas movies are being released on tv. Real Christmas nerds they are, those two.

And decorations … Between Disney Christmas things, the Christmas music, the Christmas movies, and other Christmassy thingies, she is a true “Griswold” in training. Up to the Daliesque sunflower wreath, which I love!

I am quite a Bah Humbug myself (according to others … 😉), but when being with her, I cannot help but feel the vibes and get into it myself. Although this year, with all the changes, the move, et al., Christmas decorations (because yes, we decorate our house too) have been limited greatly. No large Christmas tree, only a small one, and instead of outside lights we will “lighten up” our porch … It is all the same. It will work out well.

Let’s not forget that Christmas is indeed a time of giving and a time that should be used for reckoning. The good, the bad, and the ugly. In our world, celebrations run high, dollar amounts included, and where it should be about giving, it is more often about receiving. Lavish parties are thrown, credit cards are maxed out, and forgotten are the woes of the year passed. The sad part is that there are those, there always are those, that cannot follow the trends. There are always those who will not be decorating or celebrating or open presents with their children; there are those who will not even eat. I find it important to remember that this season. Let us open our hearts (and our wallets.) and give to those in need. Give to those with nothing, so they have, at least this holiday, something to make their lives a little less hard. It is not much, but it is something. And remember, a dollar can go a long way.

Last but not least, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa will not be forgotten.

Check in next week when we put the light on Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights.

In the meantime, have a happy week. Namaste.

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