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24 December 2005 @ 10:55 pm
My Holiday Wish for All of You  
The holidays we, as a people, celebrate at this time of year all have something in common: the birth and survival of something small, seemingly against all odds.

Chanukkah celebrates the discovery of one unspoiled flask of lamp oil used to rededicate the Temple after it had been desecrated during battle. There was only enough oil for one night but the flame burned for eight long nights; beyond expectation, beyond all hope, and fueled by faith and holiness.

Christmas celebrates the birth of a baby, sent to heal the sickness of the Human soul. A fragile life meant to cleanse and rededicate the Human heart to God. A life foretold and hunted. A life sought, a life scorned, a life later slain. But on this night, the bearer of a life that had all nature set against him found succor in a reluctant innkeeper, in three holy men, in shepherds with their flocks, and under a star that shone for him alone.

Kwanzaa celebrates the first fruits of the season, the symbol of a new year of fulfillment, of harvest, of plenty. A sign that the world has again renewed itself and presents for us the means for us to fulfill ourselves. These first fruits represent the fruition of the seven principles and though they are tender and vulnerable, they speak of the coming of strength and unity for all. They represent the holiness of community and of self. They are the proof and promise of right living and generosity in all things.

And Solstice celebrates perhaps the most fragile, most glorious renewal of all: that of life itself. In the midst of the bleak winter, when all is cold and nothing grows, when we rely upon what we have saved in the year before, upon the fruits of our past labor, when the world sleeps, Solstice celebrates the promise of the first tender blossom to break the cold ground in search of the New Sun. It celebrates the wakening of the sleeping world and the wakening of our sleeping souls. Rebirth, renewal, replenishment, and resounding joy in our existence and the existence of all life.

Something small that survives against all odds.

All of us, no matter who we are or how we worship, have something like that in our lives.

Something small in need of nuturing, in need of faith, in need of holiness, in need of belief, in need of love to help it survive the cold winters in our hearts and minds. To help it flower and grow and take solid root in our lives.

Whether it is the flame of creativity or enterprise; a book, a story we were meant to write, a business venture or invention. Whether it is the flame of love and family; a new relationship, a crush, a dream of lasting love, a prayer for healing the hurts of our hearts, the hope that loved ones will return to us, whole and healthy.

Whether it is a fragile newborn in your life; a son or daughter, a niece or nephew, a grandson or granddaughter. Whether it is the fragility of new life in your own body; recuperation after illness, renewal after weariness, the rebuilding of strength and surety, a prayer for future healing, a dream of painlessness and strength.

Whether it is a first home, a first belonging. A first job, the first reliance upon ourselves and our abilities. A first step away from destruction and toward support. A first moment of courage. A first moment of need realized. A first opportunity to present the world with our gifts. A first and fragile understanding of our own divinity.

Whether it is the renewal of our committments to ourselves and to our loves. The rebirth of our tender and vulnerable souls. The replenishment of that which we have been longing for, have been lacking, sometimes for our whole lives. The resounding joy of new love, new life, new happiness, new ideas, new eyes with which to see the world in which we live.

It is my deepest and dearest wish for you, my friends, my lurkers, my readers, my loves all--it is my deepest and dearest wish that these small things in your lives that you hope for and pray for with all of your hearts survive, flower, grow and take root in your lives. That you all see success and fulfillment in yourselves and in your world. That your hearts know joy and healing. That your bodies are made strong and whole. That whatever is fragile and in danger of flickering out somehow finds the holiness inside of you and survives the dark night, burns strong for longer than you think it can, finds succor and strength in the places you never thought to look, ripens on the tree that you planted with your own sweat and tears, and is reborn. At this time of year, when all things are old and new at the same time. When all things are again possible. When magic shines down from the stars and covers the ground in sparkling wonder. When Hope is not just an idea but is something that sings inside you, like the gift that is your life.

All of you are wonders in my life. All of you have brought me joy and a sense of belonging that is the greatest gift. All of you are magical and strong. All of you are survivors.

It is my pleasure and my great privilege to know you all, to speak with you, to learn from you, to give to you and receive from you aid and prayers and silliness and entertainment.

Happy Chanukkah. Merry Christmas. Joyous Kwanzaa. Glorious Solstice.

May this New Year and every year after bring you closer to the perfection of your life and may you find your heart's fondest wish, your soul's deepest need wherever they may be hiding.

All my love,

Erin
 
 
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Shut up and smile: Cameron smilemorningafter2 on December 25th, 2005 04:35 am (UTC)
And Happy Holidays to you, too.

Something like that, beautifully written and heartfelt, makes my heart soar more than any present ever could. Thank you.
seftiri: DiMar Friend Loveseftiri on December 25th, 2005 10:51 pm (UTC)
No, thank you. Happy Holidays, sweetie. ::hugs::

Spoil those brothers of yours? ;)
Shut up and smile: Bebe upstairs at the o'nealsmorningafter2 on December 25th, 2005 10:57 pm (UTC)
*hugs back* Oh, I spoiled them horribly. You wouldn't believe how much they got out of me. Two board games (granted those came to under five dollars for both), my old DVD player since I upgraded, the second Harry Potter movie, and the Star Wars trilogy (because we may be the only three kids in the country who haven't seen the movies).

And then I got to spend the morning assembling all their other toys.

You enjoy your day?

seftiri: DiMar Friend Loveseftiri on December 25th, 2005 11:05 pm (UTC)
LOL That's the best way. Spoil then toil. ;)

I did enjoy my day, thank you. I got to watch Zoe open her gifts and I got quite a few of my own, including a 40 gig harddrive for this machine and the first season of The L Word on DVD from my brother and his wife. LOL

I also got lime flavored lip gloss and a lime green outfit to wear on my lime green bike, both from my parents. LOL A very Limetastic Christmas indeed. ;)

The best thing, though, was that Zoe was feeling better. And that made me happiest. :D
Shut up and smile: Jack Clairemorningafter2 on December 25th, 2005 11:18 pm (UTC)
Oh, that's great. I got a wool coat I've been eyeing for the last year, which I'm absolutely beyond thrilled about, and jeans and t-shirts. And my mom got me breast cancer awareness bracelet. It's so pretty, and I'm absolutely in love with it.

And books! They got me a book called "Women Who Run With the Wolves". It looks awesome. Can't wait to read it. Oh, my parents know me too well...

My youngest brother got me sapphire (my birthstone) earrings, because I lost my favorite pair of earrings earlier this year and he thought these would be better. They totally are, though more because he picked them out.

*grin* My uncles gave me enough money to buy the fourth season of Law and Order. With a week off from school, I'm going to overdose on Claire Kincaid just because I can... Yeah, I did well.

It's great that Zoe's feeling better. No one deserves to be sick on Christmas. There's nothing quite like watching small children unwrap Christmas presents.
shayshaych_03 on December 25th, 2005 10:58 am (UTC)
and this is why you should make the big bucks :D you have a gift for making poetry out of the simplest things :) thank you for sharing that gift.

merry happy holidays to you, too :)
seftiri: DiMar Friend Loveseftiri on December 25th, 2005 10:52 pm (UTC)
Thank you. :) ::hugs to you on this Yule::

I will be catching up on my emails soon (probably during my housesitting gig) so expect a longer note from me soon. :D
deify_bd_wong on December 25th, 2005 11:35 am (UTC)
Gorgeous. Thank you. :-]

And my little gift to you, as promised:

Happy Holidays!
seftiri: DiMar Friend Loveseftiri on December 25th, 2005 10:53 pm (UTC)
You are very welcome, my dear! And thank you for that terrific, spendtabulous icon! I can't wait to use it!! :D

fewthistlefewthistle on December 25th, 2005 02:22 pm (UTC)
Perfection being impossible to add to, all that I can say is to wish all of those things for you, as well, Erin. May all of those riches, all of those joys, all of those truths be yours as well.

And thank you for sharing your gifts, your humor, your love of life, and your amazing talent to make beauty out of simple words with all of us. My most humble thanks.
seftiri: DiMar Friend Loveseftiri on December 25th, 2005 10:58 pm (UTC)
Oh sweetest, I could say all those back to you. Your talent humbles me. You are the true poet. You write things that crawl under my skin and make me feel them. And your friendship has been so amazing, so wonderful to have this year.

I'm still planning on the 28th to get coffee. I'm going to call you tomorrow (Monday). :D

Thank you, dearest.
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seftiri: DiMar Friend Loveseftiri on December 25th, 2005 11:00 pm (UTC)
Thank you, dear.

I wish you a very Merry Christmas and hope that your year to come brings you much in the way of joy and happiness. :D
Trisa: babetrisa419 on December 26th, 2005 04:51 am (UTC)
That was beautifully put, and I hope that you had a joyous day today :)
seftiri: DiMar Friend Loveseftiri on December 28th, 2005 12:11 am (UTC)
Thank you, sweetie. I had a great Christmas. :D I hope you did too.
Mystic Amethystmysticamethyst on December 26th, 2005 08:15 am (UTC)
That was beautiful. I can't think of anything to say, so I shall simply wish you a belated Merry Christmas, and hope you had a wonderful day.
seftiri: DiMar Friend Loveseftiri on December 28th, 2005 12:12 am (UTC)
Thank you, hon. I hope you had a wonderful day too. :D
froggumz: casey red flashfroggumz on December 26th, 2005 10:54 pm (UTC)
That was one of the most beautiful things I've read in a while. I was able to read it just before I left for my parents & as I sat & watched my 18 month old nephew sleep in my arms it all really hit home. In the time since I found your lj you have you have brought me both laughter & tears. Thank you from the bottom of my crazy little heart. May the next year bring you peace & happiness (and red hair for our favorite ADA).
seftiri: DiMar Friend Loveseftiri on December 28th, 2005 12:14 am (UTC)
Thank you so much! I am so glad my little corner of cyberspace has touched so many people's lives with joy and humor.

May next year bring us ALL peace, happiness, and red hair for Casey. ;)

::hugs::