Today marks the end of the holiday season in my culture. Thanksgiving is a month past, so Christmas Day to New Year’s Day covers it. We don’t celebrate Epiphany or El Dia de Los Reyes as my family in Mexico calls it. All of our gifts are given, the celebrating is winding down.
I’ve been wondering exactly what makes it a happy new year. What do I need to invoke “happy”?
Christmas is easy in our house. We decorate with lights, candles and greenery. We host our friends and family for some meals and do some visiting. We make donations in honor of our children and grandchildren. And we agree that waking up is the best gift we can give each other.
We’ve seen or talked with each and every one of our children and most of our grandchildren.
Our anniversary is tucked into the season. It used to provide a bit of respite – a meal out together in the midst of the hubbub. Now it’s a tradition although there isn’t enough stress to warrant an escape.
Life is good.
And so will 2016 morph into 2017 without much change?
Well, there is already change. Bad things happen in everyone’s life. And we’re not thrilled at what is happening in our country. Our friends and loved ones could be under attack as the atmosphere slides toward intolerance. Hatred and fear is no longer dormant.
But I’m doing my best to think of positive avenues toward change. I want to stand and work for transformation in the world – all the time knowing that it could be a very hard road to travel.
But, for me a prosperous New Year is one in which my husband and I can still afford to take care of ourselves and feel free to help others.
A happy year will be one in which I can accept what comes without causing myself and others too much suffering. It will be one in which I can retain my equilibrium (or regain it) if my world totters a bit.
I know that I am loved. So, a good year will be one in which I remember to be loving and kind.
My personal prayer for 2017 is that my family stay healthy. I extend that prayer to cover my friends. And I add a prayer for all of the children of all of the parents in the world…that they, too, stay safe.
And, I wish you the best.