It is Christmas Eve Day, and in the midst of the last minute baking and preparations for tonight and tomorrow, there is a certain feeling of contentment that goes with this time of year. I love looking ahead and thinking about the wonderful and beautiful twelve days of Christmas and the Holy Nights.
These can be days of silence and wonder, days of cutting out media and spending time with the people you love most in person, days of connecting to nature and to the light within ourselves.
Within the Christian calendar, these days mark twelve days of Christmastide after fasting and preparing ourselves spiritually for this season. They are festive days, but also requiring a certain amount of thought. Where is the light within us and how do we reflect that light? There is a threefoldedness that occurs in the three days after Christmas with the feasts of St. Stephen, the first martyr; the feast of St. John the Evangelist and the feast day of The Holy Innocents that begs us to ask the questions how do we show generosity (especially to those different from us in spirit and also how do we materially show generosity to the poor?); how do we show light and wisdom in the words we speak like St. John; how do we advocate and help the innocents in our world – how do we protect them, seek justice for their tribulations and trials and renew our own faith in the Divine Creator and all of humanity?
This is a time to start with ourselves, but also a time for us to look within our own families. Do you have a family mission statement or motto that guides your utmost principles? Do you need one or need to update one to reflect where you are? How is this put into action in your home?
For homeschoolers, this can also be a time of reflection upon the past semester of schooling and a sense of what needs to happen the last half of the school year. It can be also a time for some to even look ahead into the fall school year and start thinking and dreaming about the essence of those grades.
II would love to hear your plans for the wonder that is these twelve days that begin tomorrow.