How to name this time of year?
The season is Festive or a Holiday for some, but not for others. Do you say Happy Christmas to those in deep grief? Do you falalala about prickly green and red plants and ruddy-nosed caribou?
(Indeed I do. I find myself hosting Arty Hearty Parties in an aged care facility, singing and strumming ukulele. Anything to bring a smile to a sorrowful face.)
How to communicate swift positive wishes to all, sundry, those who are traumatised; those who give no hoots?
It can be a
wondrous period for those who have homes, families they love, opportunities for rest and renewal. That’s not everyone.
I inhale. I exhale.
I wish you a
creatively satisfying time
I share with you some of my artwork
that’s appeared in the Art and Soul Space blog this year.
I say: Thank you for being you.
Thank you for tuning in to art and to soul.
I say: It is an honour and a pleasure
to have you on board in this loop of communication and inspiration; this Creative Love Exchange.
Lorin Clarke begins her regular column in The Big Issue:
HO HO HO hooookay that’s enough now. We get it. It’s Christmas. Maybe you’re Christian. Maybe you’re not. Maybe you do Christmas. Maybe you don’t. Either way: there’s no avoiding it, and sometimes it can be, let’s face it, full on. Compulsory cheer in the face of considerable evidence to the contrary. Capitalism disguised as goodwill. Forced office Kris Kringles. Newsreaders in jovial ties listing untold horrors on the evening news….
But, lo! What is this?
Everything is going to be okay.
Seriously. Everything. Is going to be. Okay.
Christmas is a lot of things to a lot of people. Glorious, reflective, fun, stressful, a tiny bit sad or downright distressing. This Christmas, have a mince pie and a cup of tea and remember: everything is going to be okay. This has been a Public Service Announcement.
Wishing you well and look forward to seeing you on the other side of the Something Season.
with love, art and soul