We know, don’t we, that the www at the beginning of a website URL stands for the World Wide Web. That, my friends, is why my website has no snow, no Santa Claus, no Christmas holly. Some websites are aimed specifically at a relatively local or national audience. For them, holly, falling snow, Christmas music is fine. It is wonderful. My site is not locally oriented. I understand that people around the world yearn for autonomy, and for the balance and confidence that can lead to it. I remember that the previous version of my newsletter reached more than forty countries. It is the World Wide Web and I know, from correspondence, that it is visited by people who are scattered around the globe.
It is not as though I, personally, do not shovel snow in the winter – I do. It is not as though I, personally, do not celebrate Christmas. It is not as though I do not celebrate the return of the light as our days will grow gradually longer, first clearly apparent around the 25th – although even that is globe-limited.
I do not create a “Christmas” or “winter” themed website because I know that my site is visited by many people who are not in winter, people who will be cooking their Christmas dinner on the “barbie” and eating it on the beach, people who do not celebrate Christmas, people who are even, perhaps, celebrating that their daylight hours are growing a little shorter (for I am told that 24 hours of daylight is even more crazy-making than the shortness of days that lead to seasonal affective disorder).
We are taught, I hope, that we should not assume that other people want what we want, think as we think, or live as we live.
The home, the mall, the city square are all places for people who so choose to celebrate this festival of lights, this Christmas season, this turn of one year into the next. The home, the mall, and the city square reflect where some of us live, they represent a time and a season in which we may feel we belong (or, in some cases, not). On the other hand, let us remember that for many others, there are other sacred seasons, other times of year to shovel snow (or not), and other times of year when the night begins to close in and shorten our days.
We all live on a great (and yet tiny) planet. Let us remember and acknowledge those who are not like us as well as those who are our mirror image.
That is why it does not snow on my website.
Whatever your season, enjoy, and remember to love those who are not like you as well as those who are.
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