Holiday time with my family, plus secular symbolism


I’m not a Christian, but like many Americans I’ll be celebrating the holiday today. We have our niece visiting from out of town, and the tree has lots of gifts under it, four stockings hang over the fireplace, the fridge is stuffed with the traditional foods, and the shelves are full of board games waiting to be played.

Twenty years ago I would spend the holidays alone, making ravioli and writing. Personally, I prefer this. If you find yourself spending the day in a way that makes you feel awful, please reach out. There are folks out there who want to hear from you; you don’t have to be alone.

Whether you celebrate or not, I hope you have a wonderful day. If you like, you can check out my post from two years ago about secular symbolism over the holidays.

Best wishes to you.