The Christmas Season is one of my favourite times of the year. I love the time spent with family and friends. I love the music, which my favourite radio station starts to play December 1st until December 26th (my partner starts playing Christmas music a few weeks earlier than that). I love the lights and candles. For many years I have had the tradition of lighting candles around my living room every Sunday of Advent.
My sisters and I, and my oldest niece, get together once a year to make soap for gifts. It is a fun tradition and something that is appreciated by our friends and family. Our soaps are primarily vegetable based. We have fun mixing in a variety of essential oils, ground lavender, rose petals, mint tea, coffee grounds, or whatever else seems suitable, into the soap to create some texture.
I love the opportunity to play pipe organ during Advent. I have a favourite Brahms piece that I play every year, “Es ist ein Ros’ entsprungen” (“Lo, How A Rose E’er Blooming”). Click on the link below to enjoy a recording of this. I recorded this earlier in the month (a rough recording from my iPhone). Of course, there are many Christmas hymns that I love to play as well.
There is something magical about all of this for me. It is a reminder to live from a place of love, joy, and peace. It is a time to give and to receive with gratitude.
Somehow, this year feels different for me. I am not sure how to describe it, other than to say that I feel this light growing inside and around me and I feel that from other people as well. As our light continues to grow, our lives and the lives of others around us are transformed. There is so much to celebrate and so much to be grateful for!
Whatever tradition, beliefs or religious background you are from and may be celebrating at this time of year, I send you love, light and peace. I am grateful for the opportunity to connect with you through these words.
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Leah Schroeder is a Reiki Practitioner and Certified ThetaHealer® www.lifeforcehealingservices.ca and a Financial Representative. “I was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. For most of my 46 years this has been and currently is the place I call home. I have been working in Financial Services for the past 15 years educating people about their finances, helping them restructure and reduce debt, invest for the future and properly protect their families. A strong sense that there is something more I am supposed to do in the world, a fascination with energy and a series of intuitive nudges has led me to begin practising Reiki and now ThetaHealing®. I have a desire to learn and practise other healing modalities, as well as serve children and empower young women around the world. I am grateful for the opportunity to share my thoughts and stories with you.”