My daughter brought to my attention an article published in my local newspaper (The Times Herald), by Laura Catalano, entitled “Sneak Attacks and the Holidays.” She talks about how in childhood, she and her brother would play a game in which they tried to scare each other, by jumping out from behind a door, etc. And then she talks about how the holidays do that to her, every year. “I have come to feel,” she writes, “like the holidays are a lot like my brother. I walk about the daily tasks of my life, and suddenly, they jump out at me, seemingly out of nowhere.” “How did it get to be December I find myself asking?”
And I do so agree with Laura. I’ve been writing October as the correct date on my clients’ charts – since it was October! And last Sunday, when my husband said, “We need to go get a Christmas tree this weekend.” I said, “Why? It is too early for a Christmas tree!” And he said, “No, this is the weekend we always go to get it; otherwise the kind you like are all gone.”
And today, my secretary picked TODAY to hang the Christmas wreaths! Amazing coincidence!
It made me look at the calendar – and my cell phone – and the calendar on my computer. And calculate. 25 minus 9 means there are 16 days left before Christmas!
And this evening, Fox 29 said,” The last full moon of the year — and decade — is set to peak on Thursday, Dec. 12, at 12:12 a.m. ET. “The “Full Cold Moon” or the “Long Night’s Moon” will have a high trajectory across the sky and sit above the horizon for longer than usual, hence the names of the event. Traditionally, the year’s last full moon is associated with the onset of the bleakness of winter, including frigid temperatures and longer hours of darkness.
This year, the full moon will occur before the winter solstice, which takes place on Saturday, Dec. 21. Nonetheless, you can still expect Thursday night to be long and cold! If you want to see cold pictures, go here: https://www.fox29.com/news/decembers-full-cold-moon-to-usher-in-cold-temperatures-extra-hours-of-darkness
And the number 12 is often associated with completion and harmony, which sounds like the perfect way to close the curtain on a few things. “The winter solstice celebrates the longest hours of darkness or the rebirth of the sun and is believed to hold a powerful energy for regeneration, renewal and self-reflection. From here, the days begin to get longer and the sun will shine brighter. Thus, it symbolizes faith, hope and positivity.” https://www.al.com/news/2018/12/winter_solstice_2018_cold_moon.html
Let’s use this time. Let’s begin to slow our lives down a little. Let’s be sure to spend some time in daylight; let’s look for that powerful positive view of regeneration, renewal, and self-reflection. Let’s take the time to look at the direction our lives are taking and ask ourselves if that is what we truly want. Of course, this is about your food, but more importantly about your spiritual connection, your connections with those you love, with whatever Higher Power you believe in, and most importantly, with yourself. How does the food help you be the person you want to be? How do your feelings about yourself match with your goals? Let’s make this next three weeks of sacred time be life changing for us all. Me included. I am going to go off and make the changes needed in my life. Or try to. Or learn how to. Or work as hard as I can on it.