Now with the holidays over, I can sit back and relax and take in the humorous frenzy of everyone else. My family and I celebrate the Solstice as opposed to Christmas. Our celebration is not that far different from most other people’s Christmas celebration. Santa still comes*, we still have an evergreen tree decked in lights and baubles, we eat way too much food and drink way to many eggnogs, we even mostly call it Christmas, more out of habit than anything else.
Now, our Christmas date was changed due to a sad fact of modern society. Divorced with children. After witnessing one Christmas holiday literally ripped in two for the benefit of a court drawn paper and the needs to two adults, I told my husband (then boyfriend) we needed to make a few changes. As my husband is atheist and I am… (well, I don’t know what I am, but it is not Christian), we decided that we would simply move the date. It was only a number to us. That way we get a holiday that resembles what I remember from my childhood and my stepson never has to feel guilty about which house he spends the holiday at.
As I just mentioned, I am not Christian. The reasons I gave up the faith are many and complex and better left for a different kind of blog. But while I gave up Christianity, because I am a gardener, I could not give up God. One only has to witness the seasonal dance, or the delicate crafting of a flower blossom to know that there must be some greater force directing all of it.
We settled on the date of the Solstice because of my religious beliefs. Solstice is the date of the longest night of the year. It is a promise, in a sense. It signifies that the worst of it is over. That from here on out, the sun will visit for longer and longer periods each day and eventually the flowers and plants will return. This has strong meaning for me as a gardener and it seemed fitting that that promise should be incorporated into my personal celebration schedule.
No matter what your religious background, I hope that you enjoy(ed) your winter holiday as much as I did! Joy and peace to all of you, many high calorie meals and many dreams of gardens for future garden beds.
*Although we do not ascribe to the idea he goes around the world in a single night. We are well aware that he visit children in Spain onÂ January 12th, children in Holland & Eastern Europe on December 6th and is like this for many other dates and places. Our kids just happen to have parents with an in with the big man in the North Pole who pulled some strings to get them moved up on the delivery schedule.