I’m certain we all have cringed at the outright crassness of shopping mall Christmas frippery, trinkets and lights festooning the shops and out along shopping districts.
Sure, it taints the real spirit of Christmas –the birth of Christ, the reciprocal giving of good wishes both personal and collective as well as small gifts of caring and kindness.
Sharing Heart and Spirit
But it struck me that, as long as Christmas is celebrated anywhere in the world, in spirit of sharing a meal, conversation, music and maybe some carols, then all the bulging stockings, presents and consumables, are secondary. I have a hard time remembering all the different presents I have received over the years, decades.
But twinkling light memories like a series of warm glowing candles, were many Christmas Eves with family.
Magic Night and Wonder of Christmas Eve
For simply illogical reasons, I grew up in a family that celebrated Christmas on Christmas Eve. We weren’t observing Christians. There was just knowledge among us kids about carols, decorated trees, presents, Christmas cookies and a nice dinner. I suspect my parents and all of us liked Christmas Eve, instead of the bald day brightness of Christmas Day.
To us, Christmas seemed more magical and soul-mysterious with twinkling tree lights and decorations on homes, in the deep dark night. Preferably with a veil of gentle falling snow to dampen the street sounds and to purify, if only temporarily, the outdoors with a blanket of fresh, white snow.
So these Christmas haiku below, light upon reminders in colour, imagery and interpretations of Christmas here in the northern hemisphere. My Christmas greetings from 3 regions of Canada and a skip across into the U.S.
Red, pink berries drape
Pinpoint brightness of Nature
Dizzy lights festoon
Crazy looping around here
Let go and light up!
Twirl ‘round the snowflakes,
Dance with star-struck joyous night —
Pause to float with awe.