I love it because it’s a time to reflect on how lucky I am and how much I have to look forward to. It reminds me of all the good things in my life—the people who love me and care about me, the experiences I’ve had, and the things I still want to do.
And at this time of year, it’s easy to get caught up in materialism: the gifts, the food, the parties—but those things can distract us from what matters: our relationships with each other.
Acknowledge how lucky you are!
Remember that whether you’re celebrating Hanukkah Christmas or both (or neither!), you’re surrounded by people who love and care about you. And no matter how much has happened this year, there’s always time for forgiveness and reconciliation with those who have wronged us—and with ourselves too! You don’t have to make any big changes or sacrifices; just take a moment every day this week to remind yourself of all that is good in your life right now—and then go out into the world and share some of that goodness with others!
Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and happy holidays to all!