One of the challenges for me while creating this calendar was deciding how to approach the question of faith and religion. Broadly speaking, images of a snowy Christmas can dominate the media with a northern hemisphere, western culture bias.
By choosing to use the metaphor of the advent calendar and draw on images of winter, I speak from the tradition I most closely identify with. But festivals of light in the darker corners of the year appear in many traditions.
We live in an age of growing awareness of other faiths and traditions, learning early and often that there are many ways of being and believing. What results for many of us, I think, is a personal amalgam of spiritual significance. Among the various beliefs that populate our consciousness, some we embrace entirely, others we observe in part. Some we greet with a respectful bow, while with others we have only a nodding acquaintance. And some have receded from our practice altogether. The idea of a homogeneous holiday seems inconceivable to me.
Perhaps December is an opportunity to create festivals of light that bring peace and meaning to each of us.
So here is my prompt for today: What does this season signify to you? What mixture of faith, fable, and fairy tale greets you each year at this point on our yearly trip around the sun?