Posted by lisaspiral
There is something about this time of year that is simply magical. Maybe because it gets dark so early we find ourselves outside in the night a little more often. The stars sparkle and their light is reflected on the snow. Because its cold the air feels clear. There is a sharpness to sound that evokes the ringing of bells.
There is a fantastical element to all the lights and decorations. Santa can be seen in his red suit. But Santa can also be found in small acts of kindness. Smiles and seasons greetings pop up in unexpected places. Generosity is abundant (and often unbounded when credit cards come to hand). Giving small gifts of time, handmade treasures and treats or the perfect purchase is it’s own reward.
The season lends itself to surprises. Unexpected guests drop in. Carolers seem to appear from nowhere in the malls. The postman brings cards and letters from friends far away, and sometimes packages. It snows on the internet and inboxes are filled with invitations to festive celebrations of friends and family.
Time is funny between the solstice and New Years day. School children are underfoot destroying any sense of routine. The offices that are open seem to have more free spaces in the day for chatting with co-workers or stealing treats from the break room. Holiday hours are posted making that late night run for milk sometimes a tricky affair. The mail and the garbage man seem to come intermittently and never when you expect.
Even staying at home can get busy. There are presents to wrap and cookies to bake. The smells fill the house and evoke memories of holidays past. Boxes of decorations have been brought out of storage. They also hold memories, keepsakes of holidays past.
All this can be frustrating and annoying and cloying and difficult. But take a deep breath, and remember how special this time of year can be. Slow down and notice the magic, the spirit, and the joy. Stop before rushing off and take in the night, and the cold, and the clarity.
May the magic of the season stay with you through-out the coming year.