Where ever your belief lay, my wish for this time of year is that it brings you a sense of peace and hope - maybe from a compassionate gesture or the thought of a warm home then and now...
My warm home memory is from the time my sister and I spent a Christmas in our teens decorating the tree and singing Christmas carols in French. We recorded ourselves. One day, we'll find the cassette but until then, we'll have to imagine the teenage seriousness. Sacre couer!
In my growing-up home, we always decorated - even if time was short, the plastic manger scene would be in the front yard. What other time of year do we get to dress up the outside of our homes? Sometimes I wish it was year round but I imagine the tradition would lose it's magic.
Speaking of magic, part of mine this year was working on the short holiday CD promo for Susan Marshall. You should see the outtakes! Ha!
To sign off, here's another holy-day message for you: I hope you have the capacity for love, both in giving and receiving. It's a simple hope, one we can easily take for granted. For me, this is where I find holiness.
Happy Holiday season & Namaste friends.