If one of your holiday traditions has been making goodies and you no longer have anyone to bake for go ahead and make them anyway. Donate the fruits of your efforts to a homeless shelter, share them with your neighbors and co-workers and don’t forget the soldiers far away from home at the holidays. There are groups that would appreciate your baked goods to include in care packages for members of the military.
“Chanuka is about the spark of the divine in all of us made in God’s image.” — Suzanne Fields
Bob and I chose many years ago not to get caught up in the frenzy of the holidays. We celebrate a quiet, spiritual Christmas. That doesn’t mean we don’t have fun, we simply try not to get drawn into the excesses of the season.
Several years ago I began what I call A Season of Angels. During December I work on an angel art or craft project each day. The purpose of this is to take a little time each day to focus on the spiritual teachings of Advent and the role of angels as God’s messengers.
This year I invite you to take a few minutes each day to slow down the holiday craziness and relax in and reflect on the Light of God.
“O ye beneath life’s crushing load,
Whose forms are bending low,
Who toil along the climbing way
With painful steps and slow;
Look now, for glad and golden hours
Come swiftly on the wing;
Oh rest beside the weary road And hear the angels sing.” — It Came Upon the Midnight Clear (3rd verse) written by Edmund Hamilton Sears in 1849
Make room at your holiday table for a neighbor, friend or co-worker who may be spending the holidays alone. As someone who in the past found myself alone on too many holidays I can tell you that an invitation can be a welcome act of kindness.
“You keep us waiting. You, the God of all time, Want us to wait. For the right time in which to discover Who we are, where we are to go, Who will be with us, and what we must do. So thank you … for the waiting time.”
John Bell, quoted in The Westminster Collection of Christian Prayers, compiled by Dorothy M. Stewart
Honor your spiritual, ethnic or family traditions. Read from the sacred texts of your faith, sing the songs, eat the traditional foods, watch the classic holiday movies you watched as a child with your children.