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Last year I posted a 3 part series A Jew Looks At Christmas which, immodestly, I think was one of my better posts. I LOVE this time of the year and I really believe in Santa.
There is a magic in the air and even Scrooge, once he gets away from the mobs shopping and relaxes, gets a smile on his face. It doesn’t make a difference whether you are a Christian, a Jew, an Atheist, the last two weeks of the year is different from the rest of the year. Yes there definitely is a religious aspect to the season but I am talking about the season people have taken and made a separate part of the holiday. Christmas trees with ‘icicles’, ribbons, bells, lights, Santa and his helpers ringing bells, telling good kids they will get gifts knowing even ‘bad kids’ will and adults acting like kids.
Wrapping paper, ribbons, boxes, cards, home baked cookies, running around like crazy, lines at the post office, not knowing what to get Grandma, declaring ‘no gifts this year’ and cards being sent on the Internet along with the smells of the season from pine cones and those cookies, streets having special décor, houses, apartments, gardens, roofs, steps all decorated with lights and music coming from unseen places are just a few of the things that bring smiles to faces.
It is a time lost loves, the homeless, the poor, kids, people are thought of and more kindness fills every day chores. It is the one time of the year that people living in hot climates wouldn’t mind one cold day and people living in cold climates wouldn’t complain if there was a slight dusting of snow.
It is a time when we start thinking of what changes we want to make in our life and we even think we will.
Following this will be a new three part series from me about how I, a Jew, celebrate Christmas. Going back in time I want to share the most perfect two weeks in my life, another time when I experienced what a true family Christmas was like and how I celebrate my Christmas now.

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