these days my husband, daughter, and i celebrate an array of holy days - those passed down to us by our ancestors as well as those that we have come to honor simply because they resonate with our souls. the winter solstice is a treasured day of ours (and this winter solstice is an exceptional one: it's a full moon AND a lunar eclipse). we pause to marvel at the light and honor it’s return. i consider, if only for a day, how astonishing it is that we are all alive on this swiftly twirling planet. i take the chance to ponder my place in this universe and be grateful for every day and every night i have here.
this december my family gets to celebrate solstice as well as hannukah and christmas. i’m profoundly grateful to be a part of a great big family of folks who have wildly different belief systems and backgrounds, yet share the same love. how fortunate i am to be able to celebrate another year of light and dark, another year of life.