|Ready to party.|
However, there is one particular holiday that I won't be celebrating, and that one is Christmas. Now, before everyone grabs their pitchforks and attempts to throw me out of the village, let me say this-- I harbor no ill towards Christmas. I don't think that anyone should stop celebrating Christmas if they don't want to. If you love Christmas, if it's part of your own traditions and beliefs, then celebrate to your heart's content, I encourage you to find joy and happiness in your winter holiday. My reasons for not celebrating Christmas after 22 years of presents are my own, and I'm not trying to be a grinch. The fact is, last year when we attempted to celebrate the Sabbats, our plans were often abandoned in favor of the holidays I grew up with-- Easter and Christmas being the big ones-- and that was sort of expected. Old habits die hard. I've spent my whole life celebrating these big Christian holidays, I mean, since before I can remember. However, as I explore my own spiritual path away from Christianity, I've realized that for me, continuing to celebrate these holidays has taken away from celebrating the new ones. I put more of my energy into the old holidays, and then I have no space in my brain for Yule, or Beltane or whatever holiday that comes up. I don't think we even celebrated Yule last year-- it was more of a "Oh, it's the Winter Solstice today, Happy Yule!" as we scrambled to buy gifts we couldn't really afford with money we didn't really have for people who would love us even if we didn't get them gifts.
|Of course, I think I'll miss the holiday sweaters the most...|
|Trees don't need to be cut down to be decorated!|
|Maybe we'll watch the sun rise....|