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Clearing Out Christmas

As I prepare to pack up the Christmas decorations this morning, I am thinking about all of the years that I have done this task, gone through these identical motions…

I Love having the decor up through the season because it makes the atmosphere seem so festive.  From the significance of the twinkle lights (for some reason, impatience and frustration are so much more easily diffused when the lights are twinkling), to the nostalgia of the stockings “hung by the chimney with care”, to the personal significance of our nutcracker collection, which is so precious to my boys.  The energy of Love and Light and gratitude fills the air and warms me inside like a cup of hot cocoa.

And then the time comes to un-decorate.  It is a labor-intensive process (or at least more so than putting everything up) – removing, re-wrapping, & repacking the individual ornaments; taking down the lights, the wreaths, and the tree; and replacing the furniture that had been displaced by the aforementioned items.  Yet this annual ritual has become a tradition in itself, and is inherently comforting.

Christmas Ornaments

As I sort through the ornaments I can feel the memories they’ve absorbed over the many years that they have shared our holidays, and the Love inherent in each of them comes flooding back.  All four of our babies’ first Christmases.  The multitude of their elementary years embodied in handmade chenille-stem miniature wreaths and reindeer which completely make up for in sincerity what they lack in symmetry.  Even those ornaments that have survived from my own childhood to grace our tree remind me of the roots of my ideas about what family means.  Introspection, inspired by a collection of items that dwell in the garage for eleven months of the year.

The tangible symbols of the warmth and magic of Christmas may be packed up in boxes and stored away, but the air that flows through the newly uncluttered house is fragranced with the delightful aroma of possibility inherent in new beginnings.  Free of the weight of the trappings of the holidays, it seems anything is possible.

And indeed it is.


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In the beginning…

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New Year’s Day is kind of an arbitrary designation.  Just because the (Gregorian) calendar tells us something has changed, doesn’t really mean anything, does it?

But what does signify change is the energy that we as human beings bring to the day.  It is precisely because a multitude of us, collectively, believe that there is something special about New Year’s Day that there is.  That, and the fact that there is a new moon today, which brings its own (very real and not at all arbitrary) energy to the dance.

Change is in the air, and conditions are ripe for it.  A new year dawning.  A new beginning.  What will you do to harness the powerful energy of this New Year’s Day and put it to work in your favor?

This morning the Dalai Lama posted on Facebook: “Today, as we wish each other a Happy New Year, let us determine to be more sincere, compassionate, warm-hearted human beings, trying to make our world a more equal place. That way we’ll actually make it a happy year.”

Change.  In the form of sincerity-turned-to-action.  That is something I can definitely get behind.  I can’t imagine anything I could resolve to do or become that would be more significant than that.

Wishing you each an abundance of Love and peace and joy in your lives this coming year.  And always.  How will you make it manifest?

~ C.C.

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