With Hanukkah beginning Tuesday night, and Christmas coming a week from Thursday, I would like to take the time to wish you unlimited joy, gratitude and love during the holiday season and throughout the coming year.

Because I personally celebrate Christmas, I take time to think about its true meaning, which reminds me of a favorite phrase from the Bible.

“This is the day the Lord has made and
we will rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalms 118:24

This is a particularly good time to slow down, take pause and pay attention to what really matters most to you in life. It can be a courageous decision to feel optimistic in the face of challenging circumstances. However, in the end the truth is that you are in charge of your thinking, feelings and actions.

I believe that Christ was a model of unconditional love. But no matter what your religion or belief may be, love is at the core of all of them. This IS the day the Lord hath made. So, rejoice, be glad and work towards loving yourself and others more.

Blessings, Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!