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Winter Holiday Greetings

It doesn't matter if you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza, Ramadan, Diwali, Dongzhi, or Winter Solstice; we share so much that is the same.  This is the season of awareness, inner renewal, blessing, and affirmation of self-worth for all of us. 
We may all seem different by our winter celebrations, but under closer inspection, we are all saying the same thing.  If only the people of the world could all learn to recognize this fact, peace on earth would actually exist.  That’s the real message of the season that I hope you’ll be able to discover in your celebrations this year.
While wishing each other a happy holiday, I’d like to share with you my own personal take on the form of greetings for this seasons that mystifies me in becoming a problem for many, rather than a shared wish for happiness & blessings.
Each year a childhood friend of mine who celebrates Hanukkah wishes me a “Merry Christmas,” while I wish him and his wife a “Happy Hanukkah.”  They give me a Christmas wrapped gift, while I wrap my Hanukkah gift to them in Hanukkah paper, with gold wrapped chocolate coins “gelt” attached on top of the package.  We share our love of each other at the holidays by honoring each other’s different beliefs.
So now that it’s Christmas, if someone wishes you a “MerryChristmas,”  from their belief and joy at this time, and that is not your belief, know that the greeting is coming from a place of love, wishing you blessings, not an attack on your beliefs.  Find that equivalent place in your belief, and receive the greeting in that spirit of blessing.
That said, I close this week’s blog from my heart, wishing you every blessing in this season of mutually similar beliefs searching for that elusive “peace on earth” we all desire and need.
Merry Christmas!

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