Undressing.. To Begin With..

This date, Epiphany,  has always been an inevitable sign that it was time to undress the tree, and start properly. A proper start meant to fully realize the new year truly was there. It was not all about the festivities anymore, but the simple new beginning which also meant returning to work or school was unavoidable – where work or school actually meant the same to me for some years because yes, I was a teacher before. Of course, there was the religious context to it, too – without it in the calendar we wouldn’t have this day off work in my country. I mean without Epiphany.

DSC_5727 e-001On the other hand, there was the epiphany in us – the realization, the breakthrough, the discovery or enlightening event. One or the other, they both may bring on the innovation, a new start – undressing for baptizing, or undressing to leave something behind, they both bring on new experience that we need to face. 

Everything starts somewhere – good or not, happy or more heart – rending, still it is a new beginning – a new belief, or an action, a habit – yes, even habits must start, the start is only the first step on the way ahead, the first stone.

 

 

 

 

 

After this day, as a student, I used to turn back to my desk, to my class, and coming back home after school meant facing the seemingly empty space that was left after the past Christmas tree – my Dad used to do the work while Mum and I were out. We just came home to a place where it didn’t look like holidays at all then. That empty space, near the large window was usually taken by a nice home plant in its comfortable pot, and it felt quite ordinary again – although, somehow a bit lighter. And the view from the window became clearer. This might be the case of our life epiphany – when we want to start, or create something new, just to begin what we didn’t or couldn’t do before.

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I’ll undress my tree a bit later this year, though. I like the lights and how cozy it feels in our home when it stands there. The time is moving on again, and I know all that has to come is on its way already. I won’t fight it, I just keep the warmth of the moment for a bit longer. The idea of midwinter brightness that enlightens the dark evenings is just too pleasing to be thrown away so hastily – even if the calendar suggests so. 

 

 

And the Little Person loves it, too – it also might make him feel more comfortable about coming home from school, at least for the first week. How about you, is yours gone already or still proudly standing there? 

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May you all have a very good new year 2014!

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