I head out the door in the morning on my way to work and I’m greeted by plastic reindeer in my neighbours yard. A few blocks later I’m nearly at my bus stop when HoHoHo’d by a light up inflatable electronic Santa in a person’s yard. Not long after a green bus pulls in to my stop with holly leaves & candles painted on it, it’s the Santa Bus. I step and I’m wished Merry Christmas by a local no name media personality as I toss in my bus fare and a little extra for the Christmas Cheer Board. As I sit down I whisper a silent prayer offering thanks to Steve Jobs for giving the world the iPod in my ears that now blocks out the Christmas Carols playing on the buses intercom. The process only continues throughout the day as I get wished Merry Christmas by customers call after call and my co-workers decorate the cubicles, and the various areas around the office. When I finally get by home the TV offers up Christmas special after Christmas special and all the shows I do enjoy our having their own Christmas themed episode. At the end of the day I fall asleep only to repeat some variation of it the next day.
Some days it all just makes me want to scream and other days I take it as well wishes made in the holiday spirit. I often wonder if this is what it feels like for people of other faiths even the more main stream ones that don’t celebrate Christmas. As a faith we are still pretty fringe, we don’t have large temples across the city in fact most cities are lucky if they have one. At times we lack that all encompassing sense of community, which leaves us to deal with feelings alone or in small groups. So what do we do? How do we make Yule a special holiday for us in this time of year where we are bombard on all sides by holidays in every shape and form? On that note forks I hope you are all making the most of the Yule Season in your own way and see you all in a week with the next question.