A BLESSED AND PEACEFUL DAY EVERYONE!!!
Before going into the 25th day of holiday fun post, let me show off some cards received 😄
Okay that's enough. Let's get serious for a bit. This is to be the last on the Blogville bloghop for the 25 days of fun. The idea was to share different traditions or family habits and favourite things for this time of year.
It would be remiss of me, however, if I did not make reference to the capital 'ell' Love which drives this particular column. It is the basis of Christmas anyway, and at the root of my own 'tradition'.
Historically, I come from a family which declared agnosticism, yet engaged in all the trimmings and trappings of the commercial Christmas. [NB; much of what is 'celebrated' in homes is based on non-Christian practice - read this post for a little more on this.] When I declared my love and faith in Jesus and the desire to keep Christmas as a sacred day, it caused a bit of a stir. Once I moved to Australia and was living life alone, it was no trouble to honour this spiritual need. Festivity was still acknowledged, but did not dominate.
Things expanded when Vedanta entered life. Whilst declaring myself as Hindu these days, it still encompasses Love of Christ, who is strongly acknowledged as a great teacher and saint within the Eastern tradition. I declare here that the learning gained from Vedanta and Sanskrit have actually enlarged and strengthened my understanding of Yeshu's teachings and increased the bond, not at all weakened it, with that Lord. This is why it is not as strange as you may think that I do in fact celebrate Christmas.
My day starts, as always, with prayers and chanting. On this day there will be the addition of puja - sitting before the altar and performing a service of worship. Everyone I know will be included in the embrace of Love at that time.
Then, if it is fine weather, a walk for half an hour or so. If not, stretches and yoga inside. Next, brunch... most likely involving eggs or porridge, fruit and lots of tea. For Christmas I may bring in muffins or crumpets. For the main meal, I will make a coconut curry of some description - or go the veggie sausage, nut roast and roast veg route. Some extras, such as cheese and biccies and other nibblies will be permitted. There will be reading and there will be an indulgence in whatever may be good on the telly... and there will be watching of the movies I treated myself to this year (Star Trek Beyond; A Dog Named Christmas).
In many respects it will not differ too much from my every day, because I am in the fortunate position now of holding every day as sacred. Christmas though (as Easter after it) will be acknowledged, for all the appropriate reasons... but also as the time of year when we remember and share with those we love, through hugs, food... and maybe a parcel or two.
It only remains to say that I hope you have had/will have a most enjoyable day, in whatever way you choose to celebrate and that you find, somewhere within it, time for an acknowledgement of Love - with that capital 'ell'!
Now then... this started out with the idea of being a bloghop. However, I have had trouble with the code when attempting to place it here (it's to do with the https thingy), so I will link you to our hosts, Dory and co, where you can follow the links to see the previous 24 posts!
NB: This post has been pre-scheduled, so not all cards will necessarily have made into the piccies - but rest assured they are all stored safely and I feel very lucky - thank you one and all!