Tolstoy said that every happy family is happy in the same way, but each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way. Melanie Beatty said that in alcoholic families, everyone's angry: Mom's angry, Dad's angry, even the dog is angry. That last one stuck with me - even the dog? She's right; my dog knew something was "up."
Why do I bring that up now? As I learn how to make the holidays mine after all these years, I'm finding that the past is much with me. Which brings me to the Ojos de Dios, or "Eyes of God."
The Huichol people believe that these amulets bring blessings and luck upon the person for whom they're made. When a person is born, an ojo is made for them in the central temple. Ojos are also made at the inception of new business projects, marriages, and other beginnings. It's a way to attract the benevolent attention of the deities onto one's own life.
That's part of the magic, then - making things. I think that we humans are crafty creatures and that making things with our hands is part of what satisfies us. So our holiday this year has centered around handmade things - from food to decorations.
What about you?
What makes the holidays magical for you?