Monday, January 4, 2016

The Last 6 Days of December...Plus One

Nestled among the last 6 days of December are the two Eve’s, Christmas and New Years. These two events kindle the end of the year, and we usually either steam roll, or stumble, through them.   
The plus one is New Year’s Day, which, along with Christmas and New Years Eve, completes a triad of year-end events.
The trio so curls-up in the sub-conscious of the world that traditions become the norm. The world submits every year. It’s like a petting zoo; touch one species to see what it’s about, and then it’s on to the next exhibit.
Christmas is commercialized, New Years Eve is glorified, and, if nothing else, New Years Day is aspirin and football.
Still, we may find that within that triple play is a communion, which means all three have a common possession, thought, meaning, or direction.   
As always, the sun rises on January 1.What do people see when they look into the deep blue sky?
For some, the New Years Day sun may appear nobler and brighter; it arches higher into the heavens.
For others, the sun may not have its usual brilliance; it doesn’t seem to find a lofty place in the upper atmosphere.
Why would a New Year’s Day sun not appear as brilliant, or why would it look like it’s not as high against the skyline? Could it be because some people haven’t decided what’s the common possession, thought, meaning, or direction of the last 6 days of December…plus one?
What about this thought? Respectively, Christmas, New Years Eve, and New Years Day follow spiritual, secular, and speculative patterns. Christmas is a spiritual beginning, New Years Eve is a secular ending, and New Years Day is an either - or type situation.  
Christmas is spiritual because it celebrates what Believer’s believe is the birth of the Son of God. It’s a beginning because Christians believe the Son of God is the Pathway to heaven.
New Years Eve is generally a secular way of ending a year and “welcoming” in the New Year. Traditionally, it revolves around a party.
Wrapped around other traditions, New Years Day is a time to speculate, and sometimes speculate retroactively.
Speaking of retroactively, is there something you’ve missed in the last 6 days of December…plus one?
Happy New Year.

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