December is a season of light for a many people:
- Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus, the Light of the World
- Jewish people celebrate Hanukkah, known as the Festival of Lights, which observes the lighting of the nine-candled menorah
- Hindus celebrate Diwali, also known as the Festival of Lights, one of the largest and brightest festivals in Hinduism
- African-Americans honour their African heritage with Kwanzaa, including a kinara candle holder with seven candles
- and nature’s own cycle of, in the northern hemisphere, moving from decreasing daylight to longer days on the winter solstice
As a photographer, I am always on the lookout for beautiful light. While wandering through La Villita Historic Arts Village in San Antonio, Texas late last December, I stopped short when I glanced to my right and saw sunlight shining through a stained glass window at the front of a small stone church, the Little Church of La Villita. I called my sister over, “Look!” and after noting other tourists entering the building, “I have to go in!”
The light drew me breathlessly to the poinsettias on the altar below the colourful window. Sunlight slanted through the window to illuminate the poinsettias with the same vibrant red as the window’s cross.
Sometimes light is so perfect it feels holy.