Did you know that there are at least 11 winter holidays besides Christmas–many of them related to light or the return of light.
One needs evaluation tools to determine the merit or worth, to evaluate the holiday’s value to you. For me, any that return light are important. So for me, there is Hanukkah (and eight candles), Solstice (and bonfires and yule logs), Christmas (and Advent wreaths with five candles), Kwanzaa ( and kinara seven candles). Sometimes Diwali falls late in November to be included (it is the ancient Hindu festival of lights that is a movable feast like Hanukkah).
I have celebrations for Hanukkah (I have several menorahs), for Solstice (I have two special candelabra that holds 12 candles–a mini-bonfire to be sure), for Advent/Christmas (I make a wreath each year), and for Kwanzaa (a handmade Kinara). And foods for each celebration as well. Because I live in a multicultural household, it is important that everyone understand that no holiday is more important than any other–all talk about returning light (literal or figurative). Sometimes the holidays over lap–Hanukkah, Solstice, Christmas all in the same week…phew, I’m exhausted just thinking about it. Sometimes it seems hard to keep them separate–then I realized that returning the light is not separate; it is light returning. It is an evaluative task.
So well come the new born sun/son…the light returns. Evaluation continues.
Happy Holidays…all of them!
I’m taking two weeks holiday–will see you in the new year.