So it is that time again which can be a little confusing. Here we are again at the time of year when so many people are celebrating (or not) the birth of Christ, or the sun God (or Not).
The origins of Christmas are plane and simple, and yet just like Halloween and Easter so many people either do not know what it is about, or they do not acknowledge where the traditions and stories evolved from.
It is another time of year when there are some that get upset about other people celebrating (or not celebrating) in different ways. Or because they see people not going deeper into the stories and understanding where they come from. It is a time when religions can clash and with it peoples beliefs.
For me I get upset for a whole different reason. I get upset with the stress I see some people go through. It is a time of year when people who have had loss feel it deeply. A time when these with difficult families can have a very difficult time. Or with no families can see happy families and feel very alone. I get upset with the consumerism that is intensified and eating up more of our planets resources. With seeing people be judged by the gifts they give (or don’t give).
I find myself at this time of year withdrawing a little and removing my self from the festivities. Not because I get upset that people are celebrating Christmas when for this side of the world it is not even Yule. I withdraw from the negative stuff and stress I see over spill from what can be a wonderful time.
For no matter the reason (be it Christmas, Easter, new year, birthdays, or any of the seasonal celebrations) this time can be amazing. So be it that it has become popular through the story of Christ and a man with a red suit. It can be time of forgives, of happiness, of joy. Of getting together with those you care about, or getting in touch with friends who you have not spoken to all year. Of reminding people that you love them and care about them. A time to stop and take care of yourself, smell the roses or cook an amazing meal. To play with your children, friends and family.
So to every one out there, play, laugh, be merry and be safe.
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