Gatherings

It is that time of year when plans are made to gather. Family and friends from near and far get together to celebrate, to connect and to create new memories. We eagerly awake these moments. Favourite traditional dishes are prepared, meals are shared and stories are told. We gather to exchange stories, to get caught up with one another. After the meal is done, the board games are won all that is left are new stories for us to reminisce on the next time we gather.  We unite to build and strengthen bonds that sustain us when we are away from each other. Here are some reflections on gatherings: Gathering We gather to come Together here Arriving home To the place where We are from We assemble away From somewhere else Aligned in the light of day Collecting what was...

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The Christmas Tree

There is nothing better on a snowy night than to sit by the Christmas tree, all decorated, lit up and twinkling in the night. The reflection from the window of the lights makes it seem like there is another tree out yonder! There is something soothing and comforting about being in the presence of the tree representing rich traditions passed down through the centuries. This started me thinking about the evergreen tree and wondering about its history and how it came to be that we now have it as a main staple in our homes at Christmas.  Throughout history many cultures treasured and worshiped evergreens. It started with the Egyptians, at the arrival of the winter solstice – December 21st. They would bring in green palm leaves into their homes to symbolize life’s...

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