What a beautiful email Marfy, the italian pattern company, has sent out this year!
Amazing how a clean well manicured hand, a large crystal and some sequines on a white dress can be so an uplifting. Thank you Marfy! This reminds me that fashion is art. An excellent piece of marketing, just brilliant!
As beautiful as this message is I am most out of step with the popular Western culture during Christmas. I have no children and no family within many miles. I am not a devoted consumer so the popular Western style Christmas has no meaning to me except that my religious training gives it.
This year, rather than travel to visit family I intend to treat Christmas as a hibernation period: time to withdraw and rest, rejuvenate, and get ready for Spring; a time to climb down into the Kiva of my mind and reflect, and time to touch the center of the crystal.
From this time forward the days will gradually grow longer and give more sunlight to work by. This week coming is the darkest time of the year.
In Western culture a “dark time” often signals a difficult or depressing period. I understand it a bit differently and take it as a time to curl inward and become deeply quiet. I consider it a time to gestate new ideas and sort out priorities of inspirational proportions.
May the spirit of the season be with you all during the holidays as brightly as this Marfy email depicts!