Monday, November 18, 2013

Season of Light
For me, the time after Halloween to New Year's Day is a season of light.  I'll admit that I'm not a fan of the "dark side" of Halloween.  Pumpkin patches, caramel apples, hayrides, scarecrows, autumn colors, and the like are okay with me, but the dark side of skeletons, skulls, blood, guts, etc are off limits.  Sorry to all you Stephen King fans out there!

After Halloween, I think there is a spirit of light here in America that can be practically physically felt.  People realize that the holiday season is approaching and thoughts automatically turn to Thanksgiving, Christmas, and, ultimately, New Year's Day.  The world around us has a newness of life and beauty.  We have a tendency to think more about family and friends.  Our minds begin to recollect our gratitude for the good things life has brought us.  We are more aware of the bounty of blessings we enjoy in the form of shelter, transportation, clothing, and food.  Our generosity seems to blossom a bit more in the spirit of giving to our loved ones as well as those who are less fortunate than we.

In other words, the season of light is upon us and we turn toward it and welcome it.
Our battery candles are in the windows, the light of family, friends, our blessings, and our spirit of giving open our hearts to this special season.

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