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How can we best bring healing to a divided country and divided families at the holidays?

merry-christmas-imageGary Jaffarian discusses how the holiday season is a time to heal and time to give in the true spirit of the holiday season.

Sad, but true. Someone told me today that her friend, a single woman without children, has nowhere to go this Christmas. Sure, she can hang out with friends, but she would like to celebrate with her sisters. One sister is still holding a grudge—“How could you vote for Trump and I heard you even went to his rally!” Let it go! It’s the holiday season and the perfect time to set aside differences and focus on what we have in common – our freedom and hopefully our health. It truly starts with each of us to make an effort and make a difference.

It is the season for joy and celebration. While no family is perfect, I look at the holidayhappy-hanukkah season—whether you celebrate Christmas, Hannukah or Kwanza—as a time to come together in unity and to heal. I’m a great believer in the old saying, “Eat, drink and be merry!” (Provided you don’t drink and drive.) Why not get together for photos and making precious memories?

If you know someone, an elderly neighbor, a single mom, or a co-worker who may have nowhere to go for the holidays, why not invite them, too. This is the greatest gift—letting someone know they matter. Instead of giving more and more gifts, give the gift of time and inclusion.

I always remember a Christmas going to a relative’s home who had just one son. The mom decided to start shopping for his Christmas presents right after the new year and throughout the year. This little boy had a tower of gifts. It struck me how we all get caught up in the hustle and bustle and can lose sight of what the season really is all about. The story of the Grinch got it right: …The Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before. Maybe Christmas, he thought… doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas, perhaps… means a little bit more!

It truly is a magical time of year. Celebrating Christmas and the birth of baby Jesus or Hanukkah and the miracle of the oil lasting eight days after the destruction of the Temple.

At Jaffarian Volvo Toyota we participate in the spirit of giving each holiday season for those less fortunate. We were honored to coordinate with Emmaus House in Haverhill to collect much needed items for the local homeless children and youth they provide housing to as part of the wonderful service they provide to local homeless families. Coats, pajamas, games and snow pants were donated by our loyal and generous customers, employees, and friends. It brings us great joy to know these kids will have gifts to open and have essentials to keep them warm this winter along with some games and toys to have fun. People came out of their way in the busiest time of the year, to drop off donations and we are so thankful for their support. There are many opportunities to making a difference this time of year from simple things like holding a door, shoveling a walk, or thanking a veteran or active military person. Small things make a world of difference so together let’s start small and local and make a difference during this magical time of year.kwanzaa

Merry Christmas! Happy Hanukkah! Happy Holidays to all and to all a good night!

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