Thursday, June 4, 2015

Beams

My husband is Jewish, and while I grew up with jolly old St. Nicholas, a twinkling tree, and piles of presents in December, he grew up watching that through the window. The Christmas season is a constant reminder of how minimalizing it can feel to be a member of a minority religion.

But he helps me pick out a tree, and he helps me decorate it, and he tones down his grimaces a little when I put out the creche. And, on Christmas Eve, he asks, "Are we going to a midnight service?"

During the service, he usually reads through the Bible and picks and chooses bits of hymns to sing, paying minimal attention; what he loves is the end when every member of the congregation passes a flame one to another, and the church dims the lights, and everyone lifts their candles in the darkness to sing a lullaby to a baby born long, long ago. Because, evidently, that moment is magical to all.

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  1. Oh my , I forgot I was reading a six sentence story and was disappointed it didnt go on... it was really lovely. You created a mood that I wanted to continue I guess! This was really nice! Thanks for linking it up! I wish our church did the candle lighting thing.. although its been so long since Ive been to a midnight mass that they may do that and I am just not aware of it... it sounds a bit magical.

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    1. Well, the one we go to is usually at my parents' church in TX, and it's usually around 6:00 pm. As my mother says, "Old people don't like to stay out late." And it is magical. Unless hot wax drops down your arm. :)

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    1. BOOM, baby! (but I don't mind being misquoted) :p

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    2. all this time I thought it was "Kapow! Poopsie!" Damn was I off!

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    3. It's holy frist-ness, Batman!
      Right?
      *crickets*

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    4. Kapow! Poopsie! Holy FRIST-ness! Let's say 'em all!

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  3. This was magical and very stilling. It took me straight into an imagined moment like that, and...such peace. Love it.

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    1. I like stilling. I think the moment itself is.

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  4. This was lovely to read. I think it's wonderful that you both are involved in each other's faiths. Even if you don't believe, there is definitely something magical about the holiday season.

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    1. That is true, and that I why I stick with Christmas. It's just a magical holiday.

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  5. My immediate reaction was that hubby could take you along to Hanukkah as well to celebrate the Festival of Light which occurs roughly the same time. However your story is still very touching.

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    1. Oh, yes, we do lots of Hanukkah too. I purposely place the menorah near the creche. I like to mix things up that way. :)

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  6. There really is something magical about people passing light one to another.

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  7. I think it's wonderful that your husband and you are able to share in each others faiths and honor one anothers beliefs. Evidently there IS something quite magical about the birth of Christ. <3

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  8. "Though I've grown old, the bell still rings for me, as it does for all who truly believe.” -Chris Van Allsburg

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  9. Light guides us all, no matter our origin :)

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  10. It's funny. I'm also Jewish and married to christian. I share Brian's love for the candle lit Christmas eve service and the quiet magic it brings.

    I also love the quiet drive home on Christmas day. We celebrate Christmas at his mother's home. We open gifts and eat a decadent brunch, play board games and watch movies. On the ride home we are usually the only car on the road . I look at all the different homes lit up in celebration and think all is calm and all is bright. And it's over.

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    1. I like your image. All is calm, all is bright. Brian always says the best day to fly is Christmas Day.

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