I’ve discovered that:
The pre winter dark is full of an unbelievable richness. It slows and quietens. Promise and hope live here.
The dawn light is the most important light of these dark days before Solstice. Being awake for the beginning of the day makes the days feel a little longer and whole lot lighter.
Snow brightens and softens the world. Children recognize this – and some adults.
Community gatherings are what make Christmas special. Go to Christmas concerts, The Nutcracker, Christmas teas and bazaars… We all need each other, it’s what makes life rich and meaningful.
Music and the dark season are inseparable. Attend carol services, musical events, put music on as you sit by the fire at night. Music helps herald in the light.
You can’t really overdo Christmas lights or candles this time of year. It’s a way for us to all hold vigil until the light returns.
Being present to others is a great gift to give: listen, hold hands, smile.
Worrying about calories is not a good idea right now. This is the time for feasting and inviting friends and family and people without friends and family to our tables.
Taking time for yourself, treating yourself, is one of the greatest gifts we can give to ourselves – and others. Happiness is contagious.
Being in the woods at this time of year, preferably on snowshoes or skis, is the very best meditation available during the holiday season. Stop and look at the animal tracks, listen to the Jays, feel your connection to the natural world.
Cookies and milk are Santa’s favourite….and everyone else’s too.
Being active together builds the very best memories. Build that snowman, go to the rink, play that board game.
Believing in Santa long past when you were a child helps to keep the magic of Christmas alive.