Happy Holidays! Whichever ones apply:
Jewish, Christian, Pagan, secular!
Practicing people are not particular,
Perhaps because all people yearn for friends.
Year’s end’s a time of darkness, true, but when
Has darkness ever darkened one small light?
Our pleasures are like candles in the night,
Lighting lamps that burn beyond our ken.
In celebration there is more than joy:
Days of feasting bind our friendships fast,
A fat and full embrace of things that last,
Yet holy in what sense one might employ,
Savoring sweet songs that spirits buoy.
At our indoor Winter Solstice celebration year we have a “peace tree” or, if you prefer, a “wishes tree”. The tree is a potted evergreen that can be transplanted into the soil to grow naturally in February when the ground is saturated by rain. It’s decorated with only white lights, a golden dove on the top, and white wishes cards that boast a blue peace dove on one side and a golden ribbon affixed to one corner. The cards are 3 inches by 5 inches in size and the opposite side is blank for a special purpose.
As each person arrives they greet everyone, and then they sit down at a small table and contemplate the upcoming year, while they write a wish for their community and the world on their card. Once they have record their wish they hang their card on the tree with the blue dove facing outward so the wish remains unseen.
When the feasting, singing, dancing and clean up are done and we are prepared to leave. Each person goes to the tree and chooses a card randomly and holds it until the last person has their card in hand. We form a circle and each one of us then reads the wish recorded on the card out loud. Then we sing our final song and disperse with cards in hand to hang on our own trees at home. I’d like to share my wish with my readers so I’ve entered it below.
My wish is that people will love more, speak to each other honestly, hug without needing a reason, cry without feeling ashamed, laugh just because they can, be good just for goodness sake, help because they can, love life, laughter and happiness because each moment in this life is a gift.
Do you have a wish that you would like to share?
Do you have a seasonal tradition that you would like to share?
If so please feel free to do so when you comment.