The Modern Humanist posted this article, Happy Chrismakwanzukkah, which discusses a humanists point of view on this time of year, which is a very positive outlook. It stresses joining, community, and reflection.
I'll add to the notion of reflection. Today is the last day of Fall, and tomorrow is the celebration of the Winter Solstice. I celebrate both Christmas and Solstice with family and friends. Solstice is important to me as there is an emphasis on this time of year as a time of change and reflection. I tend to be more introspective and hibernate more during this time of year than any other. The beginning of Winter and the beginning of the new year are two events that demand my attention. I don't normally make any resolutions; rather, I start to look at gradual change in my life.
I've been looking around our home and there is clutter. I work well within the clutter, but I know there is stuff that I need to either recycle or share with others who would get more use out of it. I think that will be a useful exercise in imaging life in this next year's trip around the sun. I have been busy with my search for new employment, chess, shopping for loved ones, my graduate studies, and some reading. With the exception of shopping, which is thankfully nearly finished, all the other areas need tending, in some cases a fresh look. I look forward to balance in my work and home life, my time with friends, and time to develop myself. I want to have a fulfilling year all around, so I can meet both challenges and joy with an open mind and heart.
Tags: Winter, Winter Solstice, reflection