Rule of Threes and the Winter Solstice

December 20, 2011

A rule of thumb in writing: don’t make your lists longer than three. Rules are made to be broken, right?

This time of year bombards us with much stimulation. Chanukah lights, red ribbon, mistletoe, Santa, nativity scenes, dreidals, Kwanza promises, New Year’s resolutions, Christmas cookies, holiday pounds, and . . . are you tired yet? I am. And yes, I am a rule breaker.

Besides the many wonderful religious holidays, this time of year marks the return of the sun. The winter solstice falls between December 21st and 22nd. My dad used to tell me the blend was his favorite day of the year. Never mind that the 21st is my birthday and the 22nd is my mom’s, but I knew the day held triple meaning for him. He was a spring kind of guy. But, for me, the winter solstice brings about a bit of sadness. Call me crazy but I love cozy nights by candlelight. I love celebrating all of the traditions this time of year has to offer. It is a lot. But aren’t celebrations all about abundance? Rule of three beware. I’m breaking bad. Here’s the list of what I love this time of year:  Yule logs, Christmas cards, snowflakes, gingerbread houses, latkes, chestnuts by the fire (actually, I hate chestnuts but they always sound so good), the smell of sweet balsam, magic, Christmas cards, Rudolph, secrets and surprises, school parties, family phone calls, and the longest night of the year.

Happy winter solstice to all and to all a good night.

One comment

  1. Wow- Solstice Birthday, I can’t believe I never knew that, or how could I forget such an auspicious birthdate…
    I will think of you. I love to celebrate the solstice, the stillness, the returning light, and a great excuse for candles……. ooooh, you are so close to 50 candles.

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