Saturday, 05 December 2009
The Spirit of Christmas
By Ray Charles
I just love it when the holiday season comes around. More people jump on the "friendly" bandwagon. We are more willing to speak to strangers in December. We greet each other with "Merry Christmas" or "Happy Holidays" as we come and go. I suppose the words roll off our tongues easier and more comfortably. Gives us an excuse to reach out to those we don't know when we share the season of love and joy.
I'm one of those friendly folks all year. I smile to myself when I say "Good morning" to a stranger in passing. I like how they respond with a startled "Oh good morning." They look at me like I'm familiar, then as they pass by me, they realize that they don't know me at all and give me a second look with a big question mark in their eyes. Sizing me up maybe, to figure out why I would greet them or decide if I'm a loony tuney. In December, I'm not considered strange at all. In fact I can work it right up through New Years day and get a clear, happy smile and response. January 2nd? Back to the questioning look from many folk. It doesn't stop me though.
Tis the season to consider where we find our spirit. Mine is not found in shopping malls. It does not hang out with commercialism. It does not rest on a certain present under the tree. Nope! My spirit is more in the music and the message of the season. I love the idea that the birth of a babe so long ago brought great hope to a world. Could be why I greet new born babies with the same wonder and welcoming. We all have that spark inside. We all can be an answer to a tired or weary moment with our positive spirit mixed in to bring a uplifting energy into the circle. I guess that's who I'm greeting all year through. The child that lives within us forever.
I took these photos at a friend's home, who I reconnected with this year. She has love, and spirit, and creativity inside her that she's willing to share. She's fun and open minded toward all whom she meets. She speaks to strangers too. She may just be the best gift to me this year. The weekly photo challenge is going to last through December. Join the fun or check it out and enjoy the visuals. Thanks to PhotoGraphics for suggesting it.