Thursday, December 17, 2009
Here we are, a few days before Solstice and Christmas. For those that might be reading this in a location other than Winnipeg. I should point out we have a thing here called "wind chill" and frostbite warnings. The temperature might be -20 Celsius but the windchill can cause it to feel -40. December has been a long and very cold month. Our days get short with a sort of twilight at around 3:30 or 4:00.
After the 21st the days begin to get longer and today we are finally seeing the temperature lifting somewhat. I have seen the impact of this hard season on a lot of people. Stress about the economy along with the usual seasonal emotional amplification of things.
For myself the season is very simple. Most of the kids in my family have grown and I dont have a lot of shopping to do and can pretty much avoid going into malls. For me this season is best celebrated by getting together with friends, maybe doing a little volunteering and appreciating the quiet moments in it all.
My favorite seasonal piece of music has always been " Oh Holy Night". This year the line about "The weary world rejoices" stands out. Whatever your faith path, the turning of the light, the birth of a saviour or even just the start of a new year, I wish you that thrill of hope.