This year both Christmas and Chanukkah are celebrated the same week. This makes it even easier for those of us who celebrate both holidays. It also gives us the opportunity to be unified in one celebration at the same time, which doesn’t happen often because Chanukkah is not on the same days each year. Both of these holidays are colourful and bright, and to show our festive spirits we light candles for Chanukkah and have beautiful lights for Christmas. How amazing it is when the lights and candles are lit up together to bring a sense of togetherness for everyone.
Our Chrismukkah tree represents both celebrations. We have beautiful ornaments based on both the Jewish and Christian religions. They all look so wonderful on our tree, and to us they represent peace, love and family, which is really what these holidays are all about. It’s interesting when you take a good look at the different religions you come to realize that they are all based on the same premise, and that is, to be a good and decent person who is respectful of others, to contribute positively to your community, and to be helpful and kind to your fellow man. We all really want the same things.
What I find so incredible is that I have been attending a fund raiser for the past few years for an orthodox Rabbi who is trying to raise money to build a synagogue. Here is the incredible part, an Iranian builder sold a serviced lot to the Rabbi below market value to show his support, and the fund raising dinner includes people from every sector in the community. Jews, Muslims, Catholics, Protestants, Hindu, everybody attends, and helps to make this fund raiser a great success. It’s an evening of togetherness, fun and food. There is no judgement or animosity, on the contrary, everyone is united in a purpose to build a synagogue for the Jewish community and having an enjoyable evening doing it. It just proves that people from all walks of life can work together, help each other and most importantly, respect each other. It’s a beautiful site.
That is how I feel about our Chrismukkah tree. There is nothing political about our tree, it is colourful, beautiful, and simply represents the holiday spirit of peace, love and family. Our tree is a beautiful site. If only the spirit of the holiday season could be felt every day of the year, we really would have a wonderful world.
Happy Holidays Everybody!