Open Search
Open Navigation

MERRY CHRISTMAS, FELIZ NAVIDAD, GOD JUL, HAPPY SOLSTICE!!!!

Alliant International University
Published 12/16/2013
3 minutes read
The content of this page is only for informational purposes and is not intended, expressly or by implication, as a guarantee of employment or salary, which vary based on many factors including but not limited to education, credentials, and experience. Alliant International University explicitly makes no representations or guarantees about the accuracy of the information provided by any prospective employer or any other website. Salary information available on the internet may not reflect the typical experience of Alliant graduates. Alliant does not guarantee that any graduate will be placed with a particular employer or in any specific employment position.

Today, 16 December, marks, according to some but especially our colleagues on our Mexico City campus, the official start of the Christmas Season.  December 16 is the beginning of the Christmas novena – during the nine days preceding Christmas, faithful visit 9 different churches or shrines to offer a special novena prayer.  In Mexico, festivities (already at a high pitch) hit their full stride, with fiestas and gatherings that won’t stop until the feast of the Epiphany, or Three Kings Day, on 6 January.  Our colleagues of the Orthodox Christian faith celebrate Christmas on 7 January 2014, so please take a moment to wish your instructors and students of the Orthodox faith a Merry Christmas after we return from the break.  Orthodox Christians often give the following salutation at Christmas “Christ is born!” to which the response is “Let us glorify him”.

As I traditionally remind everyone, Christmas is, by definition, a Christian holiday, but one that has its roots in religions that far predate Christianity – in European cultures, Yule celebrated the winter solstice, another marker of the great cycles of the sun and moon that governed life in those pre-industrial days.  Often, the “floating”, or lunar holiday of Hannukah coincides with Christmas (though early this year, at Thanksgiving time). So in addition to religious observances (if any) the Christmas season offers us the opportunity to reflect on how deeply tied we remain to those earth-bound cycles of planting and harvest and to consider our stewardship of earth – the only home we have.

We reconvene on 6 January (recall that staff have been granted an additional two days leave on 2 and 3 January) for the Candlemas Term – so called because the feast of Candlemas is celebrated during this term.  This, too, harkens back to pre-Christian festivities, when, at the mid-point between the solstice and spring equinox (2 February, or Ground Hog Day) people gathered together to celebrate, if nothing else, mere survival in the dead of winter.

So – regardless of professed faith, or none at all, take this time to rest, rejuvenate, and rejoice.  Spend time with those you love.  Celebrate what we share together, and be compassionate for those who have little or nothing to share save the bonds of humanity that tie us all.

Merry Christmas!!

Dean Sammons

 

Morgan T. Sammons, PhD, ABPP
Dean and Professor
California School of Professional Psychology
Alliant International University
1 Beach St., Ste 200
San Francisco, CA 94133
(415)-955-2066

You might also like

Back to Blog
Learn More
Alliant International University

Alliant International University’s California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP) Master of Arts in Clinical Counseling (MACC) Program Receives CACREP Accreditation

SAN DIEGO (August 22, 2022) - Alliant International University , a leading professional practice university for mental health...

Learn More
woman in meeting

Join Us During May 16-19 for the CSPP On-Campus Open House Events

Good news! Our in-person open house events are back! Now is the time to apply for a graduate degree program that can help prepare...
Learn More
Alliant International University

CSPP Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, Dr. Debra Kawahara, Announces Candidacy for APA Board of Directors

SAN DIEGO (Sept 29, 2021) - Multicultural specialist, feminist scholar, and CSPP Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, Dr. Debra...

Anchor
students of LGBT Certificate program standing on floor with slogan

Start on your path to impact today.