Recently there have been many blogs, articles, essays and other postings about the “Season of Light” referencing either Advent/Christmas, Hanukkah or Yule/Winter Solstice. I must ask, why do we separate them, why can they not be viewed as one great, united holiday celebration? I realize that each faith has its own origins, own rituals, practices and prayers and of course Gods/ Goddesses. But ultimately they are all connected by one important link: light. Of course it is also expressed in different ways: Advent/Christmas: Jesus is the world’s light, Hanukkah: one day’s worth of oil kept the lamp going for eight days and Yule/Winter Solstice: the rebirth of the God or Sun into the world. Even atheists and agnostics recognize and celebrate idea of a return of the “light” this time of the year.
I don’t believe it is a coincidence that these holidays/traditions all coincide at the same time on the calendar. I believe it was a Divine decision! Even though some may argue that the events of Jesus’ birth actually took place in the spring, but I believe that God/dess spiritually intervened to be certain all of these events were celebrated together. I view them as a way to unite the different faiths and traditions, all by way of celebrating the birth/rebirth of “light”. Whether that light comes from the birth of a child that would be Savior, the miracle of an oil lamp lasting for eight days or the return of light with the growing strength of the sun, it is still LIGHT for the world and her people.
This holiday season I urge everyone to stay firmly within that light, whether it be through Jesus the newborn Son of God/dess, the miracle of the burning lamp, the rebirth of the sun or all three combined! Bring the light into your heart and your life and never let it go out.
So whatever holiday(s) you decide to celebrate: light the candles in your Menorah or Advent wreath, turn on your holiday tree lights, burn a Yule log or simply go outside to watch the sunrise as reminders of this glorious season. Use those symbols as a way to fill yourself with the joy and the wonder of this Season of “Light”.
Happy Holidays and Blessed Be!