Celebrate the old; Anticipate the new

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Xmas tree 2014Y’know, there’s a reason so many holidays from so many faiths fall at this time of year, the time of the Solstice: This is the end of the traditional growing season and the beginning of the next one.  A time to celebrate the bounties we brought forth over the previous year—and to prepare ourselves for the bounties to come.

The time to affirm our relationships with friends, family and loved ones, and to gift them from our bounties to show how much we love that they are in our lives, and hope they will stay in our lives through the next season… and the next, and the next.

The time to affirm our lives, faiths and traditions, to reflect on them, to forgive any part of them that did not serve, and if necessary, to consider changes to them.

The decorated tree is symbolic of our connection to nature and the growing seasons, and the place where we display our gifts for all to see.

Here’s hoping everyone is able to affirm their loves and their relationships, have something to celebrate from the past year, and can hope for more wonderful years to come.

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2 thoughts on “Celebrate the old; Anticipate the new

  1. I appreciate your awareness that many holidays and traditions emerge from this time of year. As my global perspective expands here at WordPress, I wonder about the celebrations of Southerners, both those between me and the equator, and those south of the equator. I understand that they don’t have the seasonal swings that us Northerners have, and their cultures have been heavily influenced by Europeans. My understanding, so far, is that they simply enjoy the festivities, without deeper meaning of long cold barren night. What do you think?

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    • I wish I knew more about many of the peoples on this planet, especially those who live in Africa and South America, countries that have always gotten short shrift from those in the northern continents. I know many of those who have adopted Christianity have a mix of local traditional festivals and Christian holidays. But my knowledge of those local traditions is sorely lacking.

      Even at the equator, however, there are clear seasonal demarcations (mostly defined by weather or game patterns), and as those often indicate specific periods of food-work, they are often celebrated (like the day the men-folk leave in their fishing fleets). As such, their celebrations are more pagan than religious, but they are cherished nonetheless.

      And as you get further away from the equator and more seasonal agricultural practices take hold, you see some of the same celebration-of-bounty holidays and festivals as we celebrate… about six months later.

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