Actually those holidays are the catalyst for all of the above. Except the weather of course.
This time of year can go so quickly. It is made worse by the fact that immediately following this festive quarter, is the most boring, darkest, coldest; bleakest time in the year in this part of the world; the frigid malaise that is January through early March.
You are savoring your first pumpkin spice latte of the year one day* and your turn around and realize it's January 15th all of the sudden, your knee deep in snow, and nothing anywhere means anything.
Which is why I plan to engage in all of the holidays more this year. Don't get me wrong, I have always been a huge fan of Christmas, and a pretty big one of Thanksgiving. Even Halloween, when I am around people who enjoy it. But for years I have let the holidays go buy and paid just lip service to being fully engaged in them. Full present in the festivities. Yes, I have enjoyed the time of year, as usual, but I have not reinvented my absorption of the sights, sounds, smells, and emotions of the holiday season in many a year. And I think this year is a good time to begin such a re-calibration once again.
It's not just about going more places or doing more things, (though in the right context that can help.) But being more present at each of the things I do. And choosing those things to do and places to go not simply because that is what everyone does, or because tradition demands it, but because it can offer meaning and spiritual value to me on the moment, and not just overall.
My picture tends to be too broad sometimes. I spend a lot of time planning the so called "long-game." Well I hope to use the holidays coming up this year as a way to remember the close up. The tight shot. The short yardage running play. And in so doing, grab more of the essence of festivities around me.
How do you celebrate holidays? Or anything at all?