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The inevitability of the season, and the ways in which it suffuses so many aspects of the day, from Internet ads to party invitations, can push aside the type of reflection the year's end lends itself to, said Edward Viljoen, senior minister at Santa Rosa's Center for Spiritual Living.
"Unfortunately, with commerce revving up and getting stronger, it interrupts that flow," he said. "Instead of people slowing down and thinking, they are being forced on a minute-by-minute basis to look outward towards acquisitiveness and parties.
"I think what they are really longing for is some peace and some opportunity for reflection on what has happened over the past year."