“Happy, happy Christmas, that can win us back to the delusions of our childhood days, recall to the old man the pleasures of his youth, and transport the traveler back to his own fireside and quiet home!”
— Charles Dickens
The month of December is mark as a time of sharing family traditions whether they are from our culture or our faith. It seems like the gift giving season may sometimes take away from the meaning that hold a nostalgic fondness that we tend to continue to strive for. Making time to slow down and enjoy our families, friends and communities during the last month of the year seems to help us value those who are dear and have shared life with you throughout the year. It is really wonderful to see generations holding on to traditions they grew up with. But most exciting is seeing them make their own “new” version of traditions that they will share with generations to come.
The busyness of preparing our homes and workplace with festive décor and plan fun entertainment to welcome everyone can be a stressful time. So being intentional and present during this festive season with others is a great way to end the year. Love the fact that most of the festivities are centered on foods eaten and prepared to share with others. Why is it that the best meals and sweets are eaten during December?
In December, we turn to the many holiday gift-giving traditions that emanate from a combination of faith and secular celebrations and customs. In gift giving between family and friends, we find a common thread running across cultures/religions throughout December holidays worldwide, including, Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, Pongal and Yalda and many other festivals of light holidays.
Plus, while in the mist of gift giving month Winter Solstice (First day of winter) one of the oldest winter celebrations takes place. A time where the cold winters force us to come in and share warm meals and the warmth of community. The word solstice derived from Latin, Winter Solstice meaning sun set still in winter. Amazing that the earth tilts so we have the shortest hours of daylight and the longest hours of night of the year. Just maybe it is meant for us to rest a bit more during this busy season and enjoy the longer evenings making memories with those in our lives and making new connections and traditions.
Furthermore, closing the year out with New Year’s Eve a major social holiday where we celebrate the end of the year and welcoming of a New Year, with a toast, hugs, and best wishes for the next twelve months.
“How did it get so late so soon? Its night before its afternoon. December is here before its June. My goodness how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon?”– Dr. Seuss
I’d love to hear about your traditions for the month of December. How will you celebrate, or relax?