These are dark days.
Literally. The darkest days of the year.
Meteorologically, we are approaching the winter solstice, the longest night here in the northern hemisphere.
In 21st century America, we greet this long night with a variety of rituals that are influenced by our spirituality, religion, cultural heritage, political beliefs, biorhythms, and who knows what.
I am always captivated by the Christmas lights that adorn the front yards of our community. When I was a child my family made sure that, on one night during the holidays, we would drive around and look at Christmas lights with great enthusiasm and lots of “oooohs!” and “ahhhhs!” I grew up in Prince George’s County and the best lights were - I have to give a shout out - always in University Park. Back in the 60’s it seemed like nearly every lawn in that community was aglow with spectacles of light and color.
Today, the displays our neighbors create include inflatable characters, moving lighted figures, and the good old traditional lights. On everyday front lawns!
These displays affirm what I believe every evening during every season. We are a creative species and we are inherently attracted to light and goodness.
May this holiday season and the upcoming new year bring you and all your loved ones light, goodness, and a renewed sense of creativity and joy.
Looking forward with hope and gratitude,