I know it’s December 17th already, but I’ve never really gotten into the Christmas spirit until December first rolls around. I guess maybe it’s because I tend to live in the Now and I don’t see any purpose in wasting time worrying or preparing for a holiday that’s months in the future. But I do enjoy the season while it’s here. The lights and decorations, the scent of pine and fir trees, the tangy taste of spiced cider and gingerbread men, the soothing comfort of hot chocolate and peppermint candy canes. I mean, what’s not to like, unless you overspend, and that’s a personal choice. Despite all the commercials and peer pressure to outdo your neighbors and relatives, nobody’s twisting your arm.
So my cards, if I send any, are usually late, becoming New Years wishes, and my gifts often arrive after the tree’s been taken down, but I don’t and won’t feel guilty, apologize, or make resolutions to do better next year. To me, a non-Christian, it’s not about a particular date, it’s a Winter Solstice celebration, a time to show kindness to others, a time to renew our faith that the days will start to get longer, that things will always get better. That our troubles, like winter, are merely temporary.
I’m sharing some images today from my little piece of the planet which I hope will add to your enjoyment of the season no matter how you choose to spend it. And may there be peace and gratitude in all your celebrations.