Dance then, wherever you may be
I am the Lord of the Dance, said He!And I'll lead you all, wherever you may beAnd I'll lead you all in the Dance, said He!and lead you all in the Dance, said He!
two of several verses:
I danced in the morning when the world was begun
I danced in the Moon and the Stars and the Sun
I came down from Heaven and I danced on Earth
At Bethlehem I had my birth
The holiday time is again near. All are dancing to the distinct rhythms of late fall into early winter. Along with the holiday time comes another season not often thought about, and yet it makes itself, oh, so clearly known.
For many of us, we come together in celebration and joy, creating memories and enlivening traditions and customs. Family. Even as we join into these festivities, we don't often realize where traditions come from.
For others, it isn't so harmonious. There seems to be, between partners and spouses in general and families in particular, traditions too, but they aren't universally shared.
It is a piece, however small or large of who they are. This sense of place and identity extends to where of the event(s) takes place, the food, the music, the progress, and the inclusion, or exclusion of certain others. It is a surprisingly "loaded" exchange.
Names like Fendlasson and Robertson populate our ancestry, and yes, their customs remain our own. In a nearly unbroken chain of oral tradition passed down and practiced by the kin group, we are still eating many of the same foods and drinking the same tea as our ancestors from long ago.
And it makes us happy. Why? Because we sense an eternal belonging to someone and something greater than just ourselves, a connection from present to past which all together leads to future. We are hopeful.
I am not Greek, for example, however there are several Greeks married into our family. We have adjusted over the past half century to these "newcomers" of ours, and now Greek food is on the menu along with the traditional Scots-English foods, and we have adapted. The holiday is joyful and much simplified when we are able to carefully consider what matters most to each participant and find a way to greet traditions that are not originally our own.