Archive for December, 2009

We have just celebrated December’s New Moon, the Winter Solstice/Yule, Hanukkah, and are on our way to Christmas and others. Many regions, cultures and religions have various versions of celebration for this time of year. I find it very interesting to look at these to see what it is in life that is being celebrated. Did you know that December 8th is Bodhi Day, Day of Enlightenment, celebrating the day that the historical Buddha (Shakyamuni or Siddhartha Gautama) experienced enlightenment (also known as Bodhi). Interesting

Christmas has always been magical, always been special, and always beautiful to me. I remember being a pre-teen and my girlfriends mother stating she hated Christmas and always got depressed during the holidays. I was taken aback by her declaration, not knowing that these feelings could even be possible. I have never forgotten that, and I always think of her during the holidays and send a little wish that she find some relief from that burden each December.

When Santa would come to our house, there wouldn’t be any presents under the tree until Christmas morning, when we’d wake up and YES! Santa did come to our house!  But as I got older, my parents explained the whole deal about Santa, so then we got wrapped presents that would sit under the tree before Christmas, tempting us with the possibilities of what was inside.

Through all the changes that naturally occur through the years, I still believe in the enchantment of the holidays. I value the spiritual and religious  reasons behind Christmas, and though I do not celebrate other religion’s holiday’s I do appreciate their contributions to the season.

I would like to take this opportunity to extend my wishes to you. I wish you: peace of mind, prosperity through the year, happiness that multiplies, health for you and yours, fun around every corner, energy to chase your dreams, and  magic and joy to fill your holidays!  Namaste ~ Xina


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