Well, we are at the final countdown before the day that officially starts the holiday season, Thanksgiving. Here on the Mendocino Coast the weather has turned cold.
By the end of tomorrow, we'll already be moving on to the next big holiday gathering, whether that is Christmas, Hanukka, Kwansa, or Solstice. We are at the darkest time of the year, which is why many of us like to decorate our houses with pretty sparkly things, candles, lights, and fragrant greenery that bring to mind all of the years we've shared the holidays with our families and friends.
It can be a difficult time of the year for some people, because our expectations may be high, and we often hope to create the "perfect" holiday memories we imagine we "should" have for such occasions. Sometimes we are lucky and spend holidays with family (of birth or choice) and friends. Sometimes, we may stay connected by telephone or webcam.
Or we might choose a different path, and decide to create fresh new traditions.
Our graphic artist Inga is having a quiet celebration with her boyfriend - they are making Indian food for something different. And here at Living Light we are having a Thanksgiving Day Vegetarian/Vegan/Raw Potluck and World Peace Meditation. So no matter what the tradition, or what kind of family you find yourself among, we hope you take a moment to remember who you are: someone who is loved.