Frankly, I'm more interested in the 21st than the 25th. Christmas has been destroyed by business. The shift is more meaningful.
While I don't let the holidays consume me, it does mean a few things. I will begin decorating my home next weekend. Christmas shopping is easy this year. I am only shopping local businesses, no major department stores or chain stores. It also means some holiday themed projects at work, a Christmas party and family gatherings.
It marks the end of the year when I begin making goals for the new year. It's a special time of the year, but I don't get caught up in the madness. I try to keep it peaceful and fun.
Yesterday was the first day of Advent, which is a special time for the Christian aspect of my life. I take some time each day to feel like an expectant father, for the Child of God belongs to us all. When we care for God as an infant in our own arms, a whole new dimension of mystical love opens up for us.
My primary focus is on the natural calendar, and December 21 6:12am Eastern US time is a special minute for me, for even in darkness, there is light. I get the same feeling from Hanukkah, the Jewish midwinter festival of lights which gives us the courage to continue in faith while enduring persecution.
And the week of December 1-8 is also a special time for me as a Zen practitioner, as it is Rohatsu, a time of intensive meditation in memory of the Buddha's successful effort to Awaken.
My husband will be home from his 6th deployment in less than that and we will finally get to spend Christmas as a family!!!
I'm so happy for you. Are you going to cover him in duct tape roses? Even better - I bet you want to use the duct tape to keep him home! Congrats on Hub of the Day!
Wonderful! I wish you all a happy time together
It tells me I just have three weeks left to do the rest of my shopping...
It means full speed ahead in spite of the Mayan issue...and avoiding any panic-stricken people on the 21st while I do my last minute Christmas shopping. It also means reveling in thanksgiving and praise for a wonderful God who let me have yet another beautiful holiday season to enjoy with my wife and loved ones.
It means I have time to enjoy being w/ friends, to decorate my home/garden , listen to carolers, choir, and favorite recordings, get creative w/ cards and wrapping, admire twinkling lights and beautifully decorated trees, share favorite traditions w/ my family, and savor all of the things I LOVE about Christmas. My minimal shopping is done by the end of Nov. because I put things away all year long.
for me it means that that i have my family one more year so I thank God for that and it's also time to plan for next year to make next year better than this one
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