On Sunday, as I was listening to the pastor's sermon at our local Episcopalian church. Her discussion was centered around advent (obvious selection). How this time of year is a time of celebration and light. Then she said, the birth of Christ and the celebration of Christmas wasn't always on December 25th. It was moved around to different dates for some time. No one really knows WHEN Jesus was born. But one year, the church carefully selected the date of 25 of December, to bring a shining light during the darkest time of year.
Now, I was always raised to know this was the day Jesus was born, and that it was a time of joy, community and coming together. When I heard this come from her lips, I have to say I was taken aback...shocked. Still can't believe I'm actually writing it in my blog.
But then I put what she said into perspective. A different "light" you may say.
Bringing a joyful and spiritual moment into the midst of the hard, cold and dark days of winter was not such a bad idea. It gives a us something to look forward too, something to take our minds off the shortened days and long nights. It brings hope. Brings us together. Brings a smile to our hearts and minds as we share meals, laughter and time together with loved ones.
So don't forget to take the time to look at this holiday as a time of light, a time of celebration and union.
Not just long shopping lists.
Elisha Fernandes Simpson CKYT, RYT, aka laughing hearts yoga teaches prenatal, mommy and me, kids (ages 7 -18) yoga and organizes free bi-weekly yoga classes for people with breast cancer. Pick up Natural Awakenings (Westchester edition) this month to see more about laughing hearts yoga. Become a friend on Facebook's laughing hearts yoga page.
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