Some in my family, and others, might find it odd that a Jewish boy from Long Island is writing about the "Christmas Spirit". However, I just love this Season. After a year of chaos, I think we all need a reminder about exactly why this Season is so special.
For me, this Season is all about our dreams and kindness. Being a good person. Be kind to your neighbor; hold the door for a stranger. It's a time to think of others, and put their needs above your own. The miracle of the Season is that kindness multiples. As you begin to share your love and kindness, that spirit expands to others. A simple smile is contagious.
For years, I've been writing about my Holiday wishes. Peace on earth. Especially now when we all appear to be so divided, I want everyone to know that we're not so different. We all desire the same things, peace, love, and kindness. We all want our loved ones to be safe and healthy. We might not agree on how to achieve those goals, but if we remember that we all want to reach the same destination, perhaps we can begin to make a real difference in this World.
My children are now 18 and 19. I hope to continue to see the excitement in their eyes this Christmas. The idea that anything is possible as long as you dare to dream.
I pray that they work hard to change the world and not let the world change them. I guess that's also part of the spirit of Christmas. When our children were young, we tell them, "You can have anything you want, just ask Santa". At some point, that all changed. But why? Perhaps the rules changed. We just can't ask Santa for everything we want...or can we?!
The spirit of Christmas is about our dreams. So this Season, be kind to each other and remember to chase after your dreams. Don't be afraid to ask for what you want. You deserve it!
I would like to wish for all of you to experience the peace and relaxation of a sleeping baby. May all of you wake up on Christmas Day with the hope and excitement of a child. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.