So it’s Christmas or at least it will be soon. I’ve been more than a little blue about the prospect I’ll admit. Then I had an epiphany. Many of the Christmas traditions that we are familiar with have roots in the pagan celebration of Midwinter Solstice. The burning of a Yule log is a good example of a “borrowed” tradition. In British/ Celtic pagan tradition Midwinter involved a large bonfire being lit, among other things. December 25th is largely considered the longest night of the year although the longest night this year is the 21st. Anyway, that bonfire I mentioned was meant to remind people that even at the darkest, coldest times of year Spring was still coming. All the days after that get progressively longer and brighter. So if like me you have been ambivalent about the upcoming holiday because the less than stellar economy has taken a large toll on your ability to feel festive, chin up, it will get better soon. That’s what the New Year is for, a fresh start. So I suggest putting on a warm coat and getting a cup of your favorite hot drink and brainstorming ideas about how to make the next year awesome. I bet you can lay some of the groundwork for your project now. If you can it will make you feel even better and help chase away the feeling that you’re doing nothing except a lot of waiting.
In case anybody wonders the post title came from track 105 on my Project Playlist account,the Glee cast version of Bust A Move.
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Inspired by track 73 on my Project Playlist account. Christmas is fast approaching and even though it looks like it won’t be near as desolate as I once feared one fact remains, I will most probably spend Christmas alone. This is not to say that I won’t see my family, I will. As thankful as I am for them my most heartfelt wish is to spend the holidays with someone who loves me without the benefit of sharing my genetic materiel. I doubt if it will happen though. Santa Claus doesn’t do matchmaking, at least not in my case.
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Winter is almost upon us and with that Thanksgiving and Christmas loom larger every day. This year Thanksgiving will be meager at best. With the lack of income this year Christmas is just another day in the calender . Seeing the profusion of decorations, ornaments and outdoor lights that are now in stores is just plain depressing… it’s hard to find joy a in holiday that you don’t have the means to celebrate. As the the leaves fall so do my spirits.
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I remember standing on the observation deck of the Empire State Building as a sophomore in high school very clearly. I remember that the cars looked like ants. Eight million ant like people hurrying home after a busy day,completely oblivious to 30 curious tourists so far above them. Years after that trip I am amazed at how narrow and subjective the human concept of reality is, to the commuters driving home we did not exist. To the few of us looking down on them that night, all those people were nothing more than specks of light, no more important to us than dust motes floating by. I caution against that mindset because if we start thinking of each other that way we will become lower life forms.. Someone once said, “be kind to everyone you meet, you never know who is fighting a great battle.”