I want to wish everyone a very Happy Holiday season. I am lucky enough to be surrounded by a beautiful and blended family. One who shares in love and joy as we celebrate and embrace our differences, while joining together in harmony and affection.
No, this is not just a season of one holiday; it is a season of many. I was brought up Jewish and remain faithful to my religion. I raised my children with the customs of my ancestors. However, my late husband was not of the Jewish faith and so to honor his beliefs, we also embraced Christmas. My children felt very lucky to be able to light candles one week and wait for Santa the next. And my oldest son married a lovely Filipino woman and so they too have a blended family, which unites and cherishes traditions.
Last evening my grandchildren came by and we lit the candles for Chanukah and they opened their presents and spun the dreidel as they shared in the customs my parents and grandparents taught me. The following day they awoke to find that Santa had visited their home and supplied them with gifts for being a good little girl and boy!!! What lucky children!!!
I have never understood why people fight over faith. We are more alike than different if we believe in G-d. And even if we don’t, we are still faithful members of the human race, and owe each other kindness and compassion. It isn’t about whose traditions are better, or more important. It’s about extending love to one another.
And so from my family to yours… Happy Everything! May this be a season of peace and joy, filled with love. And may the coming New Year be one where we learn to unite and work together! Peace and Love to you all!!!