What is it about festivals that makes us clean and do stuff around the house that we have been putting off forever? Is it just an Indian thing, I wonder? Spring in the West is certainly not just before Christmas, so spring-cleaning is not associated with the festival. In India, however we clean our homes and sometimes repaint them too before a big festival. It’s certainly a time to get rid of the cobwebs.

A Time To Get Rid Of The Cobwebs

Christmas seems a good time to rid the house of the unnecessary things we have gathered through the year. It comes at the end of the year, and before the New Year. I guess it is also a good time to get rid of cobwebs of another sort – the ones that have gathered in our minds and hearts. The cobwebs of old habits, petty grudges and perhaps the pain of rejection and hurt real or imagined. I think it is a wonderful time to reflect, review and discard all the unnecessary ‘stuff’ we have been carrying around through the year.

I hope that amidst all the activity that surrounds the preparations for Christmas, I find some time to prepare for a brand start in the New Year.