Happy, happy holidays!

Growing up, my mom always told us that, wherever we found joy, wherever we found something that made our hearts sing, that was where we’d find God. She said it might be in religion, or it might be in playing an instrument, or on the yoga mat, or in whatever inspired passion in us. And for her, God wasn’t found in a church or a temple, it was at home, with each other. So, even though most of my family is Jewish, we always talked about all the holidays throughout the year and we used Christmas day as a great excuse to hang sparkly decorations, give each other presents, and tell all the people we love how much they mean to us. (Actually, we use just about every holiday for that…)

This time of year always feels to me like a winding down and a resetting. The darkest of days has passed, and now the sun starts coming back again; all the days from here on get brighter. One of my personal rituals is to reflect on how I’ve lived the past year and how I want to move forward into the new year. For me this has been a year of enormous change, and I feel blessed to be living my life.

I hope your holiday, whatever and however you celebrate, finds you happy, healthy, and on your way to an even brighter new year ahead.



~ by Carmen Celeste Thurston on December 24, 2011.

One Response to “Holidays”

  1. You have a very wise mom and you are becoming a wise woman yourself. May you continue to follow your passions through the coming year and may it bring you peace and contentment.
    Love, Grandma

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