It’s very rare that Chanukah and Christmas begin together. Sometimes they overlap, but this is one of those rare occasions that the first candle of the Chanukiah is lit on Christmas Eve. The reason for this is that it happens to be a confluence of different calendars, but I’d like to read it as a cosmic message to us that no matter what our beliefs, we’re all one, deep down.
Merry Christmas, Happy Chanukah, Kwanza, Holidays, Winter Solstice, or season of secular gift giving. I hope you can enjoy some relaxation with friends and loved ones. May we all experience some joy and peace.