I have been practicing honoring my faith this year... saying my prayers every morning, being mindful of my words and actions and how they coincide with my beliefs, and, of course, celebrating the Holy Days.
And I have to tell you, the Holiday season is a bit of a struggle between Faith and Work. Because one of our high holy days is Yule (aka Solstice, MidWinter, the Shortest Day, the Longest Night.) For some it's even the beginning of the year. And there are BIG celebrations - in fact, every year, there is a drumming up of the sun at Red Rocks, here in Colorado.
The date for this joyous event - the return or birth of the sun - is on or around the 21st of December.
4 days before Christmas.
Smack dab in the middle of the most frantic shopping week in America.
Faith or Work? Work or Faith?
This year I actually chose Faith. I chose to take not one, but TWO whole days to celebrate my perspective of and connection with the natural cycles of the earth and the Universe. And oh! I had such a list of possibilities. To drum? To walk in nature? To meditate? To write and sing and dance and maybe attend a circle or two? And I could even clean a little; decorate a little; dress up a little!
And today, on the 18th, I'm not sure what I'm going to do.
Because today, I am simply grateful to have two days away. Two days without having to exercise patience and compassion and understanding. Two days of not trying to find a parking spot. Two days off my feet!!!
Yup, I am grateful to be a Pagan. And I will celebrate the Solstice happily.
If I wake up long enough to acknowledge what day it is.
I hope you are finding some good, celebrational rest and recovery time, too.
Oooh! I bet I could drum lying down...