Friday, December 25, 2009

Christmas Zen

A good morning and Merry Christmas! Celebrating Christmas with children in the house of course means that we've been up for a couple of hours already, the kids enjoying the excitement and anticipation of Santa's arrival. Before we dove into the gift-giving, we sent up a prayer of gratitude-- for our health, our family, our friends.
The other day on Diane Rehm's show on NPR, Harvard chaplain and Humanist Greg Epstein discussed the secularization of Christmas, which he argues has moved from a religious holiday to a cultural holiday, where giving and acts of kindness give light to the darkest and coldest time of year. Certainly spending time with one's family and sharing what one has is truly a wonderful way to celebrate, as long as the focus remains on the giving and not the getting.
My best wishes to everyone who reads this blog, even if Christmas isn't your holiday.

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