Sunday, December 23, 2012

Merry Christmas eCard + Holiday Reflections [2012]

Hi Neighbors,

Here's to the Merry in your Christmas, and a Vibrant New Year!

Holiday eCard that I designed (above)
I felt quite sad over the tragedy in Newtown, hence the melancholy tone. For those families, and others with an empty chair, the holiday means more than melancholy.  What can we do to alleviate others' loss? First come to peace with our own? Then Live what we learn in Word and Deed:

Kindness. Empathetic Understanding. Compassion. Integration. Inclusivity. Quiet. Rest. 

I find comfort in knowing that Life presents as different experiences in different times and places, although we Love a person Always in All ways. Here's to Healing Times and Happy Festivities with Loved ones:

My kind of Christmas tree:  Drawing from a cutie pie (above)
I enjoyed participating in community events:

Lessons + Carols at Annie Wright Schools (above)

All Things Wine Christmas party + tasting (above 2)
Decor at Luther's Table during a convo with friends (above)
I intend to be mindful of the meaning for the season, in spite of the cultural-historical overlap with the original purpose of 12/25 being to remind Christ followers of who made the objects that other groups worshiped, where modern day Christmas revelers celebrate differently than in ancient times. It appears that the early church focused more on Christ's death and resurrection (not to mention that Jesus likely arrived in late September). Anyway, Jesus deserves a shout-out, which reminds me of the gutsy, yet compassionate, sermon at church on abuse, double-binds, and another way:

However you roll this season, I bid you Peace, Love, + Goodwill to all People!