Today as I woke up I smiled, with an inward cheer of “Yay! It’s December!” This is the day when I begin decorating my home and filling it with light. As I drape strings of lights around, I smile as I ponder how many of the world’s religions have celebrations involving light during our darkest of months.
As a Christian I enjoy having a decorated tree, candle centerpieces, lights in the windows, and special Nativity Scenes displayed for the entire month of December. My neighbours enjoy, among other fun family activities, celebrating Hanukkah with the lighting of the menorah.
Further down the block other neighbours of African heritage light candles to help celebrate Kwanzaa later this month. Muslims share with family, friends, non-Muslims and the poor during Eid Al Adha, which this year was in October, and in January will be celebrating their prophet’s birthday. People of the Hindu faith celebrate Diwali in the late autumn, a celebration mostly known by its common name, the “festival of lights”. And the Chinese New Year in January or February is a festive event filled with fireworks and lanterns. Around the globe we share a bond to come together with loved ones, celebrate with food, and enjoy the warmth and cheer of LIGHT. Therefore, every December I enjoy brightening my home, indoors and out, with some strands of white lights, and several (safely lit) soy candles. Today I decorate!
I send a prayer of love and peace to all. May our hearts be so filled with love that they overflow to light the way to a world shining with peace for everyone.