It's December 1st - Meteorological first day of winter, though we wait until the 21st for the astronomical 'shortest' day as the sun's position hits the lowest point for the northern hemisphere. But here in the USA, we don't often think of entering December, or even approaching the Winter Solstice, so precious a sign to all civilizations before enclosed homes with easily accessed warming devices. We are entering Christmas.
As a nation of all the religions in the world, worshipping in general the same Lord in so many creative ways, with or without Jesus Christ in our beliefs, December is filled with celebration:
Al Hijra, Ashura, St Nicholas Day, Bodhi Day, Hanukkah, Virgin of Guadalupe, Santa Lucia Day, Los Posadas, Christmas, Boxing Day, Kwanzaa. If we are conscious of the souls of all mankind, we can give thanks and praise nearly every other day.
And if we consider the rotten state of affairs in some countries, our own included, it's nice to know we'll be receiving thanks and praises along the way----all in proportion to those we give.
Let's enter Christmas with song in our hearts, love in our souls, and our eyes on each and every hungry sparrow.