Thursday, December 19, 2013

Celebrations of Wonder 13

There's Something About Christmas ...

I'm very pleased and honored to tell you that the following article was chosen for publication in Unity Magazine in the December 1998 issue. It was the first time I had ever been paid for my writing !!

So, each Holiday Season I like to share it. For whatever reason, in the magazine the initial quote was removed and the title was changed to United by the Light. This year I decided to post the original article ... I hope you enjoy it !!

...The Christ spirit ever dwells within us awaiting our recognition and celebration. Every day can be Christmas, as we realize our full potential as children of God...

The Promise of Christmas
Thursday, Dec. 5, 1996 

Unity School of Christianity

Having been born and raised Jewish, I can remember as a child always feeling that I was missing out on something when the Christmas season arrived. The only acknowledgment of Christmas at my home was a family dinner on Christmas Day … And the only reason we did that was probably because everyone was off from work ... 

There was something so special about all those lights and decorations and gifts and special songs and Christmas trees … The excitement was so thick I could almost feel it … but around my house we had no part in any of it.

OK, we did celebrate Hanukkah and light the candles of the menorah and we even received some gifts … but there was no comparison to the magnitude of the Christmas celebrations. 

This year I seem to be in the midst of some kind of internal shift, because I am having a new and special awareness of both of these miraculous holidays of the winter season. Everywhere I look, I am finding stories and articles about Christmas and Hanukkah and the spiritual and metaphysical significance of each. It's amazing how many things they have in common.

I feel as if for the very first time I am seeing both of these celebrations as special and wonderful and I'm proud to have reached the point in my life where I can celebrate both, if I so choose.

Interestingly enough, a non-Jewish friend of mine went out and bought her first menorah this year, just because she wanted to have the opportunity to celebrate the Holiday of Lights. 

What I have found particularly significant is how both of these holidays center on Light … the Lights of the menorah and the Lights of the tree and other Christmas decorations.

Without even considering the more religious aspects, I find it interesting that at the darkest time of the year, when the days are the shortest, both of these holidays focus on Light as a beacon in the darkness. 

What that says to me is that both of these holidays are about a recognition and celebration of the Spiritual Light of Divinity which lies within each and every one of us.

Whether it’s the lights on the Christmas tree or the brilliant reflection created by the candles of the menorah, it's all about honoring God by letting the Light shine through us … honoring the quality of our Hearts … honoring our Divinity.

There's something about all these lights and the magical quality of the holiday season that fills children, in particular, with a sense of awe and Wonder

May we all remember to look at the world with those very same "childlike" eyes of Wonder … seeing things as if for the very first time … as beautiful and fresh and new. And not only at this time of year … but every day … and always.

Let us celebrate the true spirit of this season which brings us together, which Unites us in the Light. As James Dillet Freeman wrote …

the Christmas Spirit is …

"the spirit of faith in life,
a sense of the joy of living,
the Spirit of goodwill,
the faith that life and light will win the ultimate victory,
the love of God in the cradle of our hearts,
the heavenly light by which our mind is lit, and
the truth of our divinity."

May we live each day with that Spirit in our hearts. 

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