With Christmas upon us, I hope you will all take a few moments to remember the
true meaning of the season; after all it is CHRISTmas. The stores are filled with
holiday decorations and, amongst the many angels and Santa Claus figurines, time
and again, my eyes were drawn to the deer. I found them on Christmas cards,
embroidered on pillows, printed on throws, glittered ornaments, paintings and
statues. I wondered why the deer, and especially the bucks, kept grabbing my
I suddenly recalled an event that happened a few years ago. I was visited in my
dreams by a buck with a giant rack of antlers upon his head. My first thought was
to wonder how he could hold his head up with such a heavy burden, yet he
remained strong and majestic before me, as if he carried no weight at all. He
walked towards me and stared into my eyes. I felt he was trying to send me a
message, but I was not sure what it was. A day or two later, on my way home, there
was a large buck standing in the middle of the road. As I approached, he turned to
face me. I immediately slowed down giving him time to move off the road, but he
did not move. He waited patiently until I came to a stop.
Neither of us moved. We simply stared into each other’s eyes for what seemed like
minutes but was mere seconds. I felt a wave of peace flow over me, and all my
worries that I carried that day dissolved in an instant. God works in many ways to get
our attention and I knew He was trying to get mine. As if to ease any last remaining
shred of lingering doubt, that evening the buck appeared in my dreams again,
larger than life, and with a very large rack upon his head. There were beautiful,
pure white flowers entwined within and around them. When our eyes met, I felt a
wave of pure, unconditional love fill me. I was told to count the points and was
surprised to find that there were 12. I awoke in the morning and immediately looked up
the symbolism of the buck, but some part of me already knew just who this
majestic creature epitomized.
While female deer are symbols of gentleness, innocence and good fortune, the
buck symbolizes strength, wisdom and spiritual authority. The antlers emerge from
the crown, growing above the physical head, as if reaching towards the Divine. The
antlers will actually die and fall off, only to grow back again, even bigger than
before. This signifies regeneration and rebirth to a greater state of being. The 12-
pointed buck is a symbol of Christ and His rebirth. The number 12 represents the 12
cycles of regeneration towards Higher consciousness and wisdom and encourages us
to take a more loving, wise and positive attitude in order to manifest a Higher
We’ve all heard the term “Christmas Spirit”. It’s that feeling of good will that seems
to become a part of us for the all-too-short holiday season. It encourages us to be
more tolerant, loving and generous. CHRISTmas Spirit is not just a seasonal gift for
us to unwrap, use and put away, forgotten until the next year. It can and should be
an integral part of how we think, feel and act/react, each and every day. When
you put away all your decorations this year, be sure to keep the CHRISTmas Spirit
out all year. It truly is the gift that keeps on giving.
To all of you, we wish the Spirit of CHRISTmas all year long.
Tracey and Donna
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