Monthly Archives: December 2013

Holiday Cheer

2013 Xmas TreeAs one of Jehovah’s Witnesses, Christmas had to be one of the most taboo holidays of the year…right up there with Easter and Halloween.  So, for many former members it is a giant hurdle to overcome when joining the rest of mainstream society which celebrates Christmas.  I know some who still do not celebrate the holiday, but it’s based on a personal decision, not religious pressure.  Some now have a traditional Christian Christmas, while others celebrate more of a Yuletide festival or winter solstice.  And, yet others like me, have a very secular Christmas with no religious aspect to the holiday.  My own celebration focuses on family, doing for others,  a time of rest and regeneration for my gardens, and looking forward to a new year. (And, if you spied the angel atop my tree and judge me a hypocrite, I’ll tell you that this was made especially for me by a friend, and I honor him by adding it to my tree.  I have many angels, all given to me by special friends.  They are all displayed with a grateful heart.) Continue reading Holiday Cheer