Christmas is here! Christmas is here! The joyous excitement of children waking up their parents to come and open up the gifts under the tree is universal. Although I wasn’t raised celebrating Christmas, I feel that something changes around this time of year that makes it very special, something magnetic and magical draws people to each other.
What is it that makes this time of year so special? Is it the gifts underneath the tree, the lights in the windows, the dinners with family and friends, the stockings hanging with care, and the shouts of "Merry Christmas" to those who pass us in the streets?
I think we can look to the meaning of the winter solstice which falls a few days before Christmas every year. In the Roman Empire, December 25 was the Christianizing of the day of the birth of the unconquered sun, a popular holiday that celebrated the winter solstice as a symbol of the resurgence of the sun, the casting away of winter and the heralding of the rebirth of spring and summer. This isn't just a fun coincidence; in fact, there's a much deeper meaning here.
The spiritual significance of the winter solstice is that the birth of the sun is representative of the birth of Jesus. The birth of these higher beings was symbolic of the birth of the spiritual sun within us.
If you aren't religious or spiritual, you might feel like this has nothing to do with you, but actually, it does! The winter solstice is a time of quiet energy, where you get the opportunity to look within yourself and focus on what you want and need. It's a time to set goals and intentions for the coming year, to examine and let go of the past, and to make changes within ourselves. The solstice is essentially tied to personal awakening.
In Pagan times the winter solstice was referred to as Yule and was a celebration of the Goddess Moon energy. It was believed that on this day, the moon would give birth to the sun. That certainly puts a slightly more magical spin on things!
Let’s celebrate this Christmas season by being receptive to our divine nature which is joyful and benevolent and opening our hearts to love each other.
Wishing you a very Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and a Happy New year!
Be present, be playful, be divine