Tradition and Transformation: two unlikely friends unite

Dear Wise Women,

It is Christmas Eve, the sun recently rose. My husband just left for a few hours of work at the office and my daughters are sound asleep in front of the tree. It is a tradition of theirs to push our two couches together and  sleep in front of tree on the few days leading up to Christmas Eve. Our oldest turns seventeen next month, yet she remains the youngest at heart when it comes to Christmas traditions.

Last night we also fulfilled a long standing Christmas tradition of ours by attending the Nutcracker Ballet. When Ayla was only two years old we were gifted tickets to the Nutcracker. We thought it a risky venture to take a two year old, but she sat quietly through the whole show, utterly mesmerized by the music, costumes and dancing. She has seen the show 12 out of 14 years since and her love of music and ballet is fully entrenched in her heart. When her little sister was born in 2007 she asked us if we could name her Clara, after the main character in the Nutcracker, and we said yes. So the show holds special meaning for Clara as well.

Ahhhh…..the power of tradition to open the heart and pluck the strings of this divine instrument until all hearts begin to play the same song!

And, boy, did our family need some tuning. Despite how it  may sound, our family was not all merry and bliss yesterday. In fact, quite the opposite.

Ever since school ended on Friday Clara’s excitement was being projected in a less than positive way (that is an understatement). And the night before last, Dave and I had some words regarding a party he had rsvp’d us to without  first asking me. So filled with this underlying tension, off we go to see the Nutcracker.

We returned home and, with our hearts softened, we played a board game…but things turned  sideways pretty quickly because Clara was losing (and she doesn’t like to lose).

And then it happens, in comes the power of the Solstice and this incredible Full Moon! Tradition meets Transformation… and I am ready (as I also happen to be at the most honest stage of my menstrual cycle). With full hearts but angry feelings, our family entered into the most honest and real conversation with Clara that I can recall. It took deep presence and patience, but what transpired was truly transformational. Without a doubt I know that the combination of deeply rooted family traditions, a steadfast commitment to keeping an open heart and the potent earthly and celestial energies contributed to this particular Christmas miracle.

Dear wise women, however you celebrate and whatever your traditions are at this time of year, may you feel their healing power and may you allow whatever transformations are ready to arise.

Sending you the warmest wishes for this holiday season!

With love,


Full Moon was on December 22 at 10:48 am

Full Moon was on December 22 at 10:48 am