Why Do We Celebrate the December Holidays?

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you!

The snow storms are frequent this year, adding to a festive nature of the season.  Folks have strung colored lights on their homes and Christmas trees.  There is change in the air as snowflakes fly.

On TV there are plenty of cheer with seasonal favorites and at least two cable channels with ongoing Christmas-themed movies (Lifetime, Hallmark Channel Freeform). These shows all help to put us in the mood for the holiday season.  This year, unlike some years recent past, celebration of the season is strong.  But how did we land here in December with so many celebrations?   We have Christmas, Hanukah and Kwanzaa, Yuletide and several others.   Why is the season of light and love, of giving and receiving?

We have to look at the darkness of our nights that are falling earlier and earlier. Today, the winter solstice, the day when daylight is the shortest, is here beckoning the official start of the winter season and then the sunlight will start to shine forth again – our days will actually start getting longer again –although you won’t be able to tell until mid-January or even February.   Yuletide was the celebration of the season for the pre-Christians.  The honoring of the new light was the purpose of the ancient pagan festivities, and the start of this whole celebrating at this time year thing.

It is a symbolic time of year for many because of the diminishing sun, which is a natural phenomenon that has to do with astronomical occurrences. Three days after the winter solstice—the ancients noticed that the day wasn’t quite as dark and so they celebrated this phenomenon which eventually turned into a birthday for a pagan Sun god and which the early Christian Church took on as the day declared as the birth of Jesus the Christ, since they believed him to be the Son (Sun) of God (Light).

Today we celebrate this phenomenon with different holidays.  Yule is actually on the Winter Solstice; Hanukah celebrates when an oil lamp stayed lit for eight days– when there was only oil for one day.  As such it was considered a miracle.  Kwanzaa was adopted to honor the African-American home, family, honor, life, love and light.  All deal with light and love and good will and miracles.

Which is why for Christians, Christmas is so special – it is a reminder to us all that the Light is here for all of us to enjoy and take pleasure in. As light workers, we know the importance of Light, not only from our sun, but within our hearts. This is the Christ Light that we speak of – that Light of unconditional love and non-judgment for all –including ourselves. This is what Jesus of Nazareth was attempting to teach and that the resurrected Jesus the Christ attempts to emulate today. This is the season that we are reminded of the Spirit of Light and Love for all humankind, whoever we are and what ever our belief system is or isn’t.

This is why we celebrate with friends, family and food, laughter, gifts and song. It is more than just the birthday of a pagan sun god or the fictionalized birth of Jesus (biblical scholars agree he really wasn’t born at this day or even time of year). But it is a time to remember what Jesus, who I know as Master Yeshuah, was trying to teach us –to: do onto us as they would have done to you—be with peace and have goodwill towards all.

It’s time to remember –to awaken this holiday season and get into the mood that reminds to love one another and be kind to each other –at least for one holiday season of the year.

Merry Christmas!

With Light and Love Always,
Blake Cahoon & the Divine Guidance Team

Blake loves this time of year–it is magical and fun!

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