It is a virtual smorgasbord for holidays to celebrate in December but I still do not understand why some people get so pissed off about being politically correct about it – – pick one or celebrate them all! Should we care which? Does not the spiritual aspect of all of these days suggest light, love, peace and happiness? The return of the sun (son), feast, family… Gleaned from an interfaith calendar website and a google search turned up more than I had ever expected. So Celebrate! Make Merry! Open your homes and your hearts to peace, respect, understanding, sharing and celebration. Light and Love!
I often wonder who I will piss off next by saying something that they find offensive when I meant it as a joke or a simple misunderstanding. Things are getting crazy, my friends. Words are sounds and vibrations – that is all they are. Is there a way to use them correctly? Yes. But along comes shorthand for using with texting and instant messaging. Emojis to communicate feeling rather than using words. It is a sad day when I go to pick up a pizza and there are balloons all around a table with a huge birthday cake in the center but all the children are on their cell phones – get this – texting one another instead of talking. Where are we headed? Our social skills and social etiquette, in my opinion, are going down the toilet.
- Advent (Christian) Dec 2 – Dec 24
- Hanukkah (Jewish) Dec 2 – Dec 10
- Saint Nicholas Day (Christian) Dec 6
- Immaculate Conception (Catholic) Dec 8
- Bodhi Day/Rohatsu (Buddhist) Dec 8
- Fiesta of Our Lady of Guadalupe (Mexican) Dec 12
- St. Lucia Day (Swedish) Dec 13
- Posadas Navidenas (Christian) Dec 16 – Dec 25
- Saturnalia (Roman/Pagan) Dec 17 – Dec 23
- Saint Thomas the Apostle (Christian) Dec 21
- Yule/Solstice (Wicca/Pagan) Dec 21 Northern Hemisphere
- Litha (Wicca/Pagan) Dec 21 Southern Hemisphere
- Christmas Eve (Christian) Dec 24
- Christmas Day (Christian) Dec 25
- Feast of the Nativity (Orthodox Christian) Dec 25
- Zarathosht Diso – Death of Prophet Zarathustra (Zoroastrian) Dec 26
- Boxing Day (Australian, Canadian, English, Irish) Dec 26
- St Stephen’s Day (Christian) Dec 26
- Kwanzaa (African American) Dec 26 – Jan 1
- Holy Innocents Day (Christian) Dec 28
- Feast of the Holy Family (Catholic) Dec 30
- Omisoka (Japanese) Dec 31
- Watch Night (Christian) Dec. 31
By Imbolc, the days have become noticeably longer since midwinter’s darkness as the sun continues to mature in the sky. The young earth is becoming fertile and the young sun begins to show signs of his virility. Seeds that have lain dormant in the earth will soon sprout. Life is becoming more active as the cold winter fades away.
By sharing a smile, I am not about to make a difference in the plague that has so many spewing hate, but I do it. I do not believe in organized religion, so I practice as a solitary and on the full moons with peacefires. The celebrated calendar is not my new year but I’m not offended by the majority watching (and shouting during) fireworks. I do find myself eating pork, mashed potatoes and sauerkraut new years day. In fact, I insist on it.