A sunrise jog, a home-cooked meal with a friend, the smell of moist soil in a freshly-tilled garden, a smile from a stranger on the subway…Most would agree that such Earthly experiences can give us something to look forward to or add a spark to an otherwise ordinary day. But to the increasing number of devotees in what some are calling “the invisible church, ”these experiences are nothing short of spiritual opportunities—a chance to tap into the Divine, far outside the walls of any synagogue or cathedral.
I’m Dreaming of a GREEN Christmas…
A new movement is afoot to reclaim and refocus the holidays. Part of it stems from a desire to cut back on the wastefulness that
comes from accumulating mountains of store-bought gifts and wrappings. Another is the growing desire to generate more meaningful memories during the holidays. One answer is to embrace a do-it-yourself,
or DIY, mentality that makes everything—from decorating to tree trimming, cooking and gift giving—personal.
There is no better time to join in activities as a family than Christmastime. Subtract the frenzied consumerism and there is little for a child not to love: being with loved ones in the kitchen, measuring sugar, rolling dough and cutting cookies; happily sitting around a table, pasting, stamping and glittering; decorating a tree that magically transforms with each addition; and the pleasing scents of cookies, candles and cinnamon-dotted wreaths.