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  • Writer's pictureSuzAnne Kaltbaum

Finding Joy in the Season: A Personal Take on the Holidays

On this Christmas Eve, I'm taking a moment to share what the holidays mean to me, keeping it simple without any religious ties. For me, it's about the symbols and the incredible spirit that people bring to this time of year, especially now, considering the challenges we see globally.

From the twinkling lights to the festive decorations and the smell of holiday goodies, these symbols create a magical atmosphere that goes beyond religious differences. Seeing a beautifully decorated tree or hearing those familiar holiday tunes brings a sense of unity that we all can share.

To me, the holidays are about more than just gifts; they're about giving of ourselves – our time, kindness, and compassion. It's a time that encourages unity, and in a world that can sometimes feel divided, this spirit of togetherness becomes even more crucial.

What I love most about this season is how diverse the celebrations are. Whether it's Hanukkah, Christmas, or any other cultural festivity, there's a universal feeling of joy that brings us all closer.

In my celebration, I focus on making meaningful moments with the people I care about. Whether it's sharing a meal, telling stories, or just enjoying each other's company, these connections are what make the holidays truly special.

Reflecting on Gratitude, Especially Now

The holidays also serve as a time to reflect on gratitude, appreciating the people in our lives and the moments that bring us joy. This reflection becomes even more poignant given the challenges in the world.



Red Christmas ornaments hanging. with glittering lights

It reminds us of the importance of compassion and support for one another.

As we step into this festive season, let's hold onto the universal values of love, joy, and togetherness. Especially in times of difficulty, let's extend our giving spirit to those who need it most.

Wishing you a holiday season filled with joy and warmth!

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