I have considered making an upcoming Christmas post, a Hanukkah post, a New Year’s post and then I realised that I also have friends who are Taoist, pagans of several different descriptions, atheists, agnostics and you name it. Can you tell I don’t pick my friends based on their faith (or lack thereof)? In the season of celebrations, it’d be silly to single out some and not the others, so this is a postcard to everyone, for whatever – really! – it is you celebrate.
I am posting this now because cannot promise to write with any regularity during the holiday season – the food that gets made between parties is generally leftovers, shortcuts and the like, and the food that gets made for parties may or may not get photographed, and then I may or may not have time to blog about it. In fact, there are several things which I have wanted to write about, and a post which I had planned to reblog (with permission) that I will still write about as well – possibly after the holidays, when everyone is in New Year’s resolution mode (except me, I don’t do those).
I decidedly reject the commercialized nature of the holidays. I’ve proudly bought a heap of holly twigs and some glittery spray-painted birch from a corner flower stand, and arranged it myself. I will not cave to the plastic non-shedding tree fad! I have found a couple of fir branches and hung them up on the wall to scent the apartment like evergreens. But, that’s what I like. Have you considered, for example, the color selection for napkins? Red for Christmas or blue for Hanukkah? Or white for … boringly politically correct stuff? Bugger it, I like red and it’s not like Christians have a monopoly on Santa Claus or his red suit. Or holly. Because you know, some pagans I know may have a prior claim… so decorate your home as you like, celebrate what makes you happy, and above all, don’t forget what it is all about.
So with this, I will wish all of you a wonderful holiday season, glittering parties, beautiful clothes, eating too much and likely drinking too much (stock up on Alka-seltzer or Samarin, depending on where in the world you are!), utter absense of any hangovers, and in general, a wonderful time spent with friends and loved ones. Let us all be thankful for the life we have and how amazing it truly is – because this, this is what there is to celebrate. Best of happy whatever-holiday wishes to you all!