The Christmas Tree

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From a post I did in 2012:

Have you ever thought about the symbolism of the Christmas tree? I have to admit that there was a time I looked upon it with scorn, thinking it symbolized excess, phoniness and gawdiness. Then I came across a short article called The Christmas Tree by Regina Z. Thackara that made me see it in a new light . . . the word “light” being a key word in this time of the Winter Solstice.

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The Winter Solstice

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While many people in the Christian faith are celebrating the birth of the “savior” Jesus Christ and people in the Jewish faith are celebrating the Festival of Lights, some of us are celebrating the Winter Solstice.

Indeed, the Winter Solstice is thought to be the true Christmas story, with the Christian version added later to personify it.

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A calling?

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Have you ever felt a calling to serve in some sort of order promoting peace and love?

Note how I didn’t say “to serve God,” because I know that many people feel a calling to join organizations like the Peace Corps, but don’t necessarily attribute it to a Great Spirit.

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Nudism/Naturism: Holiday parties

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Tomorrow — all going well — I will be attending a naturism swim event that will double as a Christmas party. No alcohol will be served, primarily because the event is being held in a public pool facility. But there will be lots of good food and soft drinks.

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Of prayer and meditation

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The scene outside Mary Queen of the World Cathedral in downtown Montreal on Wednesday, Dec. 10, as people await the funeral of Montreal Canadiens great Jean Béliveau. (Photo: Jillian Page)

The scene outside Mary Queen of the World Cathedral in downtown Montreal on Wednesday, Dec. 10, as people await the funeral of Montreal Canadiens great Jean Béliveau. (Photo: Jillian Page)

Not that I am religious, but I am spiritual and I do pray.

The church — Mary, Queen of the World Cathedral — where Jean Béliveau’s funeral was held today is where I often go to pray. I’ve been praying and meditating there regularly since 2008, when I went through one of the most trying times of my life.

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