The Holidays

Its 12:09 AM. Another Thanksgiving

has come and gone. Most of

the world will now say its ok for

me to now wear my Christmas

sweatshirts, though I have been

wearing them everyday since

Nov.1! Mary and Kiri cooked the

most wonderful meal today, and

we listened to music, watched a

Hallmark movie, and shared all of

this with a beloved former student

and dear friend. It was a wonderful

day. A day full of love. Warmth.

Music and mindfulness!


What is it that makes this time

of year so special? Certainly,

the Taylor family are bonafide

Christmas and Holiday

season fanatics. But there is no

denying that this time of year

seems to be special to everyone.

Is it the music?

Certainly, not everyone loves

Christmas music—and there is

certainly no consensus as to

what kind of Christmas

music to listen to or perform

yourself. Is it the food? Perhaps.

But if that is the case,Thanksgiving

would seem to be the bigger

Holiday. Is it the decorations?

It certainly is beautiful, seeing all

the lights, and the green and red

everywhere. Is it the religious

aspect? For many, absolutely.

That is it.

But—I personally know many

people who are not the least

religious who adore

the Christmas and Holiday

seasons. So, what is it for them?


Perhaps it’s a combination

of everything.That is probably it.


Whatever the reason is for people

loving this time of year—there is one

clear result of this love. This feeling.

And that result is this seems

to be the time of year that people

are just a little kinder.

A little more considerate.

People think of others rather than

themselves just a bit more. Love for

our fellow man is just plain more

palpable. It’s almost like the

Christmas season gives people

“permission” to come out of

their shell and show their

sentimental side. Say hello to

one extra stranger.Hold the door

for one more person.

Help that sweet lady you always see

with her groceries. And, take time to

savor the season and just be still!

That is being kind to yourself. Yes,

love for the season seems to become

kindness. Which of course cultivates

more love.  


And therein lies one of the greatest

lessons the Christmas and the

Holidays teach us: you don’t

have to wait to feel love to be kind.

Being kind generates love!

Like a plant receiving water and

sunlight, acts of kindness make

love grow. And when love grows,

more acts of kindness occur.

Kindness seems like

the natural state of things.


We cannot receive love until

we give love.We cannot give

love to others till we give love

to ourselves.  Because in truth

friends, we are all one continuous

thread with no separation.

What we do to others we do to

ourselves, what we do to ourselves

we do to others. That’s a cycle I

think we can all get behind.


So take time this Holiday Season.

Be still.

Decorate, and savor the

visual symphony. Light candles

and relish the smell.

Listen to great Christmas music…

and go hear it live!

Then sit back and watch love

grow, acts of kindness increase,

and promise yourself to keep that

feeling all the year ‘round.