Last year I published a post here titled, “It’s Tough Being A Jew At Christmas”.   It was inspired by two of my daughters complaining to me about this fact.  I guess this year things may have changed since I have yet to hear from them, but then again, it is not quite Christmas yet….

Sundown on Sunday was the beginning of Hanukkah and I realized that this year I have absolutely no energy about either holiday – Hanukkah or Christmas.  I have sent and received a few cards and exchanged presents with close family, but it really does not feel like “the holidays” to me.  It has come to me that the reason for this does not appear to be the economy (bah humbug).  And I do not believe it is related to the fact that since I am retired from my job I do not interact with myriad people who are talking about Christmas and shopping and wrapping, etc.  Yes, I am still in Colorado Springs and not too many people around here are talking about their Hanukkah shopping and wrapping and candle lighting, etc.

What has occurred to me is the fact that I have changed.  Since I retired, I spend much more time just being.  I have much more time and energy to meditate and “check in” with God.  From this place, I have come to the realization that every day is a holy day because I experience God every day.  I live the miracle of knowing God each day all day long.  I keep God first in my life and from my connection with God, my experience has been that for the most part the rest of my life flows in ease and with grace. What a gift!

Now, I do not mean to imply that those who celebrate holidays do not feel connected to God, for if they did not, I doubt there would be holiday celebrations.  I also do not want to infer that people should stop celebrating holidays.  I believe that the wonder and awe of certain times of the year can be very inspiring.  After all, is not this the time of year when we speak about “peace on earth, good will toward men”?  We seem to concentrate on miracles that come from God.  I am just wondering how life might be different should more of us stop to consider the holiness and miracle of each and every day.   Instead of concentrating our energy toward specific holidays, why not keep that energy going for every holy day, 365 days per year (366 days every leap year)?

Christmas celebrates the birth of Christ, who is recognized as a Divine being.  Since we all contain a spark of the Divine within us and every day is somebody’s birthday, then we can certainly celebrate every day as the birthday of a Divine being.  Hanukkah celebrates the miracle of Light from God.  As sparks of the Divine Light, each of us can be seen as a Miracle of Light.  And every day is a gift from God.  Every day is Holy.  Happy Holy Day to each and every one of you.  Namaste!