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December / The Festival of Lights

December

December is the first month of winter and the last month of the year.

The days are getting shorter, the temperatures are steadily dropping, cold mornings start the day, frost makes its appearance, and soon snow will begin to fall. It’s time to take out the sweaters, coats, hats, scarfs and mittens.

Holiday season is here, traditions, celebrations, gifts, family gatherings, tides of good cheer.

Christmas trees, Santa, Reindeer, wreaths, bells, sleigh rides, hot apple cider, hot chocolate, music playing carolers singing, Christmas lights and decorations, and holiday shopping.

The Festival of Lights, lighting the Menorah each night, singing special songs, prayer, eating latkes, and playing the dreidel game,

It’s a time for family and spiritual celebrations, for celebration meals, festive activities, and parties.

It is a time of joy and miracles.

 

 

December 1

The Festival of Lights

In the dark days of December comes the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah. During the rededication of the Temple, there was only enough oil to burn the candles for one day. However, the candles burned for eight consecutive nights, giving the Jews time to find more oil. The eight days of Hanukkah commemorate this miracle.

Many think of the Festival of Lights to be a religious holiday only to be celebrated by those of the Jewish faith. But without Hanukkah we would not celebrate Christmas.  

Miracles are for anyone who believes in faith, any faith.

How about lighting candles in faith of the Miracles of the Holiday or of Life.

Create your own Festival of Lights to honor and appreciate the Miracles of Faith, of the holidays, of family, of friends, of life itself.

Take a minute and light a candle, or fill the room with candle light, Say a prayer, have a moment of quiet reflection. Pray, or be grateful for the Miracles that have occurred in your own life.

Light the Candles of Miracles that have come and that are to come

 

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