The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year

It's A Wonderful Time

"It's the most, wonderful time of the year," croons Andy Williams with delightful cheer.

This holiday song is an integral part of the season. It appeals to our nostalgic side which plays a big role during the Christmas holidays.

Take a listen to Andy Williams from 1963:

Magical Holidays

Icicle lights drip from the eves of rooftops. Packages glitter under sparkling trees. Santas chant ho-ho-ho on street corners.

Stars shine bright in a crisp sky and our faces, flushed by the chill of winter, lift upward to gaze at the twinkling heavens.

Sentimental television ads tell us of someone making it home just in time for the holidays. Greeting are exchanged by a loving family in a warm, comfortable house. Everyone is gathered around tables laden with delicious treats.

Folks start to brew coffee and, according to the commercials, the welcome-to-your-day aroma happily wakes everyone up in the morning.

Celebrating Winter Holidays

Hanukkah, Christmas, Winter Solstice, and Kwanzaa. The perpetual debates spring up as to which holiday you should celebrate. Perhaps you can participate in all of them that speak to your heart.

The holidays are celebrated with time-honored rituals. Sometimes it's a quiet gesture. A moment when a candle is lit – darkness flees and hope is nourished once more.

Throughout the holiday season, the bouncy melody of "the most wonderful time of the year" dances and loops around our thoughts like a red holiday ribbon.

It is a most wonderful time of the year. The season is filled with coziness and the smell of warm spices. The darkening nights are chilly, a good reason to bundle up in sweaters. Sweater lovers are in their element. Slip into sweaters with knitted patterns of flecked wool and the world becomes safe and warm.

What a perfect time to stay inside and nurture the light within. Even with the darkness that is coming in the full blast of winter, the rebirth of light patiently waits like a warm ember.

Holidays Are Not Always Wonderful

As with all things in this earthly world, however, there are dualities.

Up – down. Happy – sad. For some, the holiday season may not be the most wonderful time of the year.

Some people will not be able to spend time with family members. There may, in fact, be no family.

A comfortable, warm and safe home may not exist, never mind any packages under the tree. There may not be enough food to eat.

For others, it won't be so dramatic outwardly. Maybe a beloved family member died in the past year and this is the first holiday without them. The holidays are tinged with sorrow and grief colors the family gatherings.

We bring our hearts together and remember one another at this time.

Students of The Radiance Technique® (TRT®) can support themselves with the TRT® hands-on.

TRT® can help us through sorrow and it can also be used to lift our joy and happiness. Because TRT® accesses universal energy, it is not limited by external situations of ups and downs.

Students of The Second Degree of TRT® can also direct energy to others who need support. We can support the joys and the sorrows that may come, whatever our circumstances.

 
The Light shines in the darkness
and the darkness does not overcome it.
 

Shattering Violence

Whilst writing this blog post in December 2012, a school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut exploded in the news and demolished our sensibilities. Twenty-six people killed, gunned down in senseless and incomprehensible violence. Twenty children ages 6 and 7, and 6 adult women. All of them precious, no matter their age.

Are There Any Words

Reporting these events on television, both reporters and witnesses struggled to find a way to express themselves.  Although craving words of comfort, people found that words were not enough. Instead, prayers were sent from every faith in search of a path to greater light and understanding.

Numerous hearts, near and far, offered up their love to embrace everyone as we moved slow motion through the nightmare. The horror experienced by those who lost immediate family members was unimaginable; so horrific for some, that it was unspeakable.

While the rest of us return to our normal lives, the people affected by Sandy Hook will carry these scars into every holiday season.

 
Dawn Hochsprung
 

Come Back, Come Back

The principal of Sandy Hook Elementary School, Dawn Lafferty Hochsprung, was one of the first to be killed as she tried to stop the shooter.

A reporter asked the family what they would tell her now if they could.

One daughter had tears in her eyes, "I would tell her, Come Back. Come back."

That's what I would say too.

photo by ash shepherd

 
If tears could build a stairway and memories a lane,
I’d walk right up to Heaven and bring you home again.