• December: If Santa is Coming, Can I Wait Up?

    “If I fall asleep, will you wake me?”  Lily wondered. 

    This is a special month.

    Hanukkah, which celebrates the miracle of lights, falls between December 12 and 20th. It signifies how a small bit of pure olive oil for the Menorah miraculously kept a sacred Temple lit for eight days and nights after it had been reclaimed from invaders. 

    However, according to Professor Dianne Ashton of Temple University, two Rabbis in Cincinnati developed this “new celebration for children at Hanukkah that was held in the synagogue and included giving presents.”

    With gift-giving comes re-gifting and returning. If your love gives you a gift that you really dislike should you return it?  Or should you be grateful and keep it as a gesture to show your appreciation for the thought that went into the gift selection?

    Instead of spending time shopping, and returning, this might be a time to start planning a new family gift tradition even now for next year. Consider these suggestions:

    *Think about the concept of little miracles in your life each day and make a note of them. Then next holiday send a little Thank you book of miracles to people in your life who were responsible for mini-miracle surprises.

    *Spend time with family sorting through photos and creating a family history or the story of your child, spouse or lover in an album.

    *Support local businesses and museum gift shops.

    Exchanging gifts that come from the heart can reduce the stress and anxiety that seem to be synonymous with holiday shopping. By creating a new gift-giving tradition, you might find that the gifts worth treasuring are the gifts of love, appreciation, and gratitude. In the world of re-gifting, these will always be welcome

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