Genie’s Note: This was originally published on Dec. 11, 2016. Think it still applies? A few additions for 2020 have been added in italics. Here we are in the middle of the holiday season, that magic, miraculous time of year. This is the season of miracles like the virgin birth of the Christ Child (Christmas) andContinue reading “The Season of Magic and Miracles”
Every year as the holidays approach I am saddened by the number of people who seem to have become slaves to their holiday traditions. Over indulging in food and drink, over spending, working to the point of exhaustion and extreme stress are too often simply accepted as the way things are. Most of us don’tContinue reading “Reclaiming the Holidays”
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.
Remember celebration is a state of mind. All the other stuff — elaborate gifts, food and drink, excessive spending is optional. Money is not required to express the joy of the season. Even the rushed, busy, non stop flurry of activity is a choice. So this year, try just slowing down. Life will still go on. The holidays will stillContinue reading “Spreading the Light #1”
It is no accident the greatest light holidays of humankind fall during times that for many people of the world are cold and dark. As the days grow shorter and the weather become colder we need that little glimmer of hope that Christmas, Chanukah, Diwali, Kwanza and others bring to us. This year times seemContinue reading “Let There Be Light”