One of the best things about the holiday season is all the beautiful decorations, especially the lights. This year it seems like people were putting them up earlier than ever to spread cheer earlier.
Lights also are a symbol of hope, providing illumination in times of darkness and miracles.
Hannukah itself is a miracle of light. In ancient times, the Jewish people rebelled against oppressors and obtained victory over great odds. In celebration, they went to light their menorah, or candelabra, to rededicate their temple. There was only enough oil for one light, but miraculously the lamp shined bright for eight nights.
Christmas week will be extra special this year with what is known as a celestial Christmas. Jupiter and Saturn will align in the sky on the solstice (Dec. 21) to become what is known as the “Christmas Star” or “Star of Bethlehem.” Yes, THAT Star of Bethlehem. The one that inspired the Three Wise Men to travel to see the newborn baby.
Simple lights, like those from a candle or a star in the sky, can provoke powerful feelings of hope. They are also an indicator that the year is ending and a new one will be starting. A New Year always brings around fresh resolutions and hope that the next year will be better than the one before it.
Hope is a feeling we have all been living on—hope that our loved ones remain healthy, hope science continues to make progress to treat COVID-19, hope that the world will go back to the way it was.
If possible, take a drive, look at the lights and remember the joy of the holidays (remember when this was so much fun as a kid?) of yesteryear. Think back to the time when the lights symbolized the excitement and hope of lighting the menorah or seeing Santa, being with loved ones and the festivities that were coming soon.
Best wishes for a healthy holiday and a happy New Year safe at home,
Gerry Patrizio, owner Assisting Hands Home Care Serving Mercer, Monmouth and Ocean Counties