Tonight is a special night for my family ... it's the first night of Hanukkah and while the holiday may not have all the fanfare of Christmas, it is still a very special time in our household. A time when family is the true focus.
We retell the story of Hanukkah, we light the menorah, sing the prayers, play dreidel, open gifts and just enjoy each other's company every day for 8 days. There has always been something so special about this holiday, and while it's such a simple celebration, with very little religious significance, the time together with my family has always been cherished.
Tonight is a special night for my friends ... it's Christmas Eve and while Christmas is never a holiday I've ever celebrated, most of my friends do. I see them putting up their lights, posting pics of their Christmas trees, scurring around town picking up gifts, posting pics of that crazy elf thing and lots and lots of pics of kids all dressed up, smiling with Santa. I love watching pics flood Facebook on Christmas Day with families smiling, laughing, tearing into presents and enjoying each other. It's always put a smile on my face to see happiness flood through so many homes.
With what feels like a country and community divided, tonight could not have come at a better time. Not since 1978, has Hanukkah begun on Christmas Eve. It's been almost 40 years, since we've all been able to celebrate, something, together and in my heart, that makes tonight extra special.
So tonight when you're celebrating your holiday, remember that tonight is the first night in decades, regardless of our faiths, that we've all been able to celebrate something together.
To all of my family and friends, no matter what you celebrate, I say Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas & Happy Hanukkah and I will never forget how special tonight really is.