Get out of your head. Raise your eyes to the heavens. Never forget that joy is the baseline, not the finish line. Whether Christmas is coming or just another Wednesday, our job is to love one another every day.
Last year, I rejected the Jewish ‘December dilemma’ by forging a new December holiday tradition. This year, the Eitz Moed rose once again–with much joy and no angst required.
I thought a lot about the Jewish ‘December Dilemma’ before putting up my holiday tree this year. I kept coming back to one question. What, exactly, are we afraid of in the first place?
Last December, on a Jewish journey and with my possessions in storage, I celebrated my first tree-free holiday season. This year, officially Jewish and back in my own apartment, I’m finally faced with the December Dilemma. Jews don’t put up Christmas trees, and there’s no such thing as a Chanukah bush. And then I got an idea.