Merry Time of Light

Merry Time of Light

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Oh, Christmas, you sorta slay me. On the one hand, I adore you – snow (real or otherwise), lights, pretty paper, surprises for those I love! On the other hand, you wear me completely to a frazzle – crowds, traffic, the pressure to find just the right surprise for every name on my list, and the nagging feeling that I can never do/be enough. That last little bit nags me other times of the year, of course, but it seems especially strong this time of year.

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Then there’s the whole debate over the meaning of the holidays – merchandising efforts go into overdrive, which tends to make everybody think it’s ALL about buying/getting and/or topping last year’s buying/getting. The enormous tree in Rockefeller Center can no longer be called a “Christmas Tree” and now it seems even “Happy Holidays” is uncool because “Holiday” equals “Holy Day” which apparently goes full circle back to Christianity!

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I’m going to be honest and say I am not a Christian. I do, however, have faith in a higher power – something that guides our lives toward the light… when we let it. I don’t think all this arguing over what to call the season or marketing of the latest doo-dad has much to do with living in the light and the truth is that all of the holy traditions – Judaism, Kwanza, Christianity, Paganism, maybe more I’m not even aware of – seem to be celebrating the same thing. That is, the miracle of light – being kind, living with honor, taking care of those we love and trusting in the possibility of miracles.

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I sort of long for a time of year that I can truly call holy; a time when everyone is given a space of breathing room – to heal, to celebrate, to rest, to renew and plan for the future. A time when we just slow down a little, be a little kinder, send some love out – in thought and deed vs. retail acrobatics. Doesn’t matter your religion – it doesn’t get much holier than that!

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With all that said, I do really love this time of year.  I love being outside in the crisp, burning-wood-scented air, making and giving celebratory cards, baking yummy treats that I stubbornly refuse to make any other time of year (they wouldn’t be special if I made them all the time). I even love giving gifts – though, I’m never more grateful for the DVR and fast-forward button than I am at Christmas-time!

4 Comments

  1. Love this post and feel the same way. Loved my Christmas card. You are a wonderful artist — don’t forget that! 🙂

    1. Kelley Walker

      Thank you, Snap – for your continued support and YOUR sweet Christmas card. Sending hugs your way!!

  2. I could not agree with you more….adore this post….can’t wait to see you next Fall….how can it be so far away. xox

    1. Kelley Walker

      Thanks Corrine – fall does seem far away, but I remember feeling that way last year this time and now I’m wondering where 2013 went! Hugs to you, my friend!!

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