Saturday, December 26, 2009

Year-Endings and beginnings

Happy Solstice and Merry Christmas to everyone!
I was lucky enough to continue my tradition of hosting a Solstice party for ten years now (almost ten years...with the exception of when I traveled to Michigan for the holidays). I look forward to it every year, as do many of my friends. It's not your typical Solstice celebration, however. Unlike the originators, we are not anxiously awaiting the sun to shine down upon us - it already does. We are not praying for the snow and ice to melt and bring in the flowers and greenery - we don't have snow or ice, and it'll never be green or covered in tulips and roses (maybe sunflowers and daisies, though!). Nope, for us in this desert it's a bit different. For me, at least, I celebrate and appreciate the winter, asking it to stay a bit longer. We celebrate the upcoming five months until 100 degree temperatures arrive.

So, thank you Sun, for keeping your distance but staying close enough to be warm enough to play outside, to plant, to hike, to walk, to work. And thank you Moon for lighting the desert floor for the animals and people who walk in your shadows.

This year has ended quite differently that it began...and I can't be more surprised...or more happy.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all my family and friends...I love you!