Tradition is: beliefs from our ancestors handed down to us in customs and rituals. Out of the many traditions that make their way into our everyday lives, Christmas is one of the few that we can trace back to its true origin. But regardless of origin Christmas is celebrated in almost every way imaginable, from fat men with white beards dressing up as Santa to native Dominican's sticking a wooden pole through a pig and roasting it over an open fire all night; Christmas is a season both of unity and diversity. Unity in the sense that people from all around the world recognise it as a holiday season and a time for family and fun, diversity in the way that it is celebrated (traditions) and for the reasons it is a joyful season.
The clock has just struck 12am and it's officially the 25th of December. There is snow on the mountains on my desktop picture, but that's only on my computer, and I am quite at ease enjoying the tropical 66°f weather the Dominican Republic offers me for Christmas. The tree didn't make it up this year but I'm content to watch the days slip by with some of Falling Up's new Christmas album (Silver City) and the warmth of family nearby.
I've been investing a lot of time in thought and reflection upon the past 2 years and it never ceases to amaze me how God leads and provides. As I look back I can see a trail of events that led to where I am now, but more importantly that shaped, who I am now. As I gaze intently at what may lie ahead, I can't help but feel a rush of excitement and anticipation for 2014 and beyond! I'm excited because I can see where God has brought me from, but more so because regardless what comes my way, I'm not alone. I have Jesus and I'm learning that is enough, in little or much, he is enough.
It is my desire to always be improving my skills and growing in new areas, so I've been working on filming some stories and putting them together. I filmed this piece last night and spent most of my day editing it. I've been poking around in Logic Pro X some, and this is my first project with an original score that I created! It's pretty simple but I've got to start somewhere.
This experience got me thinking about how cultures follow different traditions and I've come to the conclusion that regardless of tradition, we have reason to celebrate because: 'Deity endured mortality, so we could enjoy eternity.'