December is ??? Month

December is ??? Month

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Maxwell Ryan
Dec 7, 2004

With December upon us and Hanukkah beginning tonight at sundown, we are long overdue announcing a theme for this most themed of months. We have thought of "giving," "holiday," "spirit," but everything seems trite and a little voice in our head keeps saying, "Step away from the car."

Perhaps we shouldn't be so surprised...

Beneath all of the partying, presents, shopping and food, December is really our month of mystery. This is the time of year when the ususal laws of earthly life are suspended in favor of the divine. Throughout history it is during this dark, communal month that mystery has stepped in, causing us mere mortals to stop, and look up from our Tiffany and Target bags towards the sky, like shepherds in ancient lands.

At home it is the time to provide space for this mystery. We won't name it or label it, but every tradition has a space in their home where mystery lives. Whether in candles, trees, stones, food offerings or pictures.

Even if you live in a 250 square foot apartment as we do, find a small space and let the mystery and grace of this deep winter month come alive... and then we won't have to give it a name. MGR

PS. The photo above of the northern lights reminds us that just last month a reader told us that he saw them from his home in New Jersey. (Thanks, Patrick!)

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