Greetings of the Season!


Merry Hannukah!

"17. Blessed in every way be our God, who has brought judgment upon those who have behaved impiously.
18. Since on the twenty-fifth day of Kislev we shall celebrate the purification of the temple, we thought it necessary to notify you, in order that you also may celebrate the feast of booths and the feast of the fire given when Nehemiah, who built the temple and the altar, offered sacrifices. 
19. For when our fathers were being led captive to Persia [i.e., Babylonia], the pious priests of that time took some of the fire of the altar and secretly hid it in the hollow of a dry cistern, where they took such precautions that the place was unknown to any one." (2 Maccabees 1: 17-19)

Blessed be the Lord, Who has performed the miracle of the oil. Blessed be, the Holy One, Who keeps performing miracles to this day.
Every time a couple falls in love and unites forever, another miracle has been executed.
Every time a child is born, a miracle has been done.
Every time a kid smiles, laughs and plays, a miracle is occurring.
Every time an ancient person reaches the end of the line, having thus fulfilled its mission; by God; a miracle has been concluded.
Blessed be the Lord, our God, the God of our forefathers, Who created the miracle of life; Who made a covenant with Abraham; Who has kept His Holy Word.

Hannukah Sameach!
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Merry Christmas!

“Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem, saying,” (Matthew 2:1)
“After coming into the house they saw the Child with Mary His mother; and they fell to the ground and worshiped Him. Then, opening their treasures, they presented to Him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. 
And having been warned by God in a dream not to return to Herod, the magi left for their own country by another way.” (Matthew 2:11-12)

This is the time when the Christian world celebrates the birth of Jesus. 
It’s a time to remind people of this season’s true essence: love, compassion, solidarity.
Yes, these qualities should exude from the hearts of men all year round, however some believe that during Christmas a miracle is performed: those who were less good during the year, feel compelled to love, to show compassion and solidarity towards others. And it is even believed that the Spirit of Christmas invades all hearts (regardless their religious background)…
This is also a time to recall the great example Jesus was: love for God, for Humanity; sense of duty and responsibility. 

Regardless you being Jewish or Christian, you can’t deny that this time of the year is enveloped by the aura of miracles. 
So enjoy it with your family, friends, neighbours, your pet, whomever you choose...but allow yourself to feel the miracle of love, life and friendship. 



I wish you all, Happy Festivities!

Comments

  1. What a wonderful holiday post, Max! It's so good to be reminded of the season's true meaning. We often adulterate it with our commercialism.

    And of course, you are to be congratulated for being inclusive. That's one of the things that makes you a very special human being!

    I wish you every blessing, my dear Max!

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  2. Hi Lynda :D!

    So great to see you here, darling!

    "What a wonderful holiday post, Max! It's so good to be reminded of the season's true meaning. We often adulterate it with our commercialism."

    Thank you so much *bowing*! Commercialism is good, but sometimes I think that we have given too much importance to it *nodding*.

    "And of course, you are to be congratulated for being inclusive. That's one of the things that makes you a very special human being!"

    Thanks, darling...MAX takes pride in not leaving anyone out *bowing*! Oooh, thank you...that is so sweet and kind of you *hug*!

    "I wish you every blessing, my dear Max!"

    Lynda, thank you so much! I wish you Happy Festivities; and may God bless you, my dear friend :D!

    Cheers

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  3. Thank you Max! I am not Jewish, but I loved reading about Hannukah! In America we have one more cultural celebration that is called Kwanzaa. I don't know if BaHai have any celebrations this time of year or not. Happy Holidays to you too! I'm not sure if you celebrate any this time of year, but even if you don't, it's fun to enjoy the magic of these other celebrations. :) Hugs!

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  4. Hi D! :D

    "Thank you Max! I am not Jewish, but I loved reading about Hannukah!"

    You are most welcome, darling *bowing*! I love the story behind Hannukah...but then again, I love miracles!

    "In America we have one more cultural celebration that is called Kwanzaa. I don't know if BaHai have any celebrations this time of year or not."

    Ah, I have heard of Kwanzaa, but since I haven't done any research about it yet, I didn't include - maybe next year, I will :D!
    BaHai...no, I don't think there us a celebration at this time of the year...

    "Happy Holidays to you too! I'm not sure if you celebrate any this time of year, but even if you don't, it's fun to enjoy the magic of these other celebrations. :) Hugs!"

    Thank you, dear :D! I celebrated Yule, yesterday...but I agree with you: it is fun to enjoy the magic of these celebrations :)!

    A big hug to you, darling; and thanks for your wishes!! Merry Holidays!

    Cheers

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  5. Hi Max,

    It's nice to get away from the commercialism of the season. You have reminded us all about the true meaning.

    Well done!

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  6. Hi Mel,

    Thank you, my friend *bowing*!

    Merry festivities! :D

    Thanks for having dropped by; you always bring positive energy along with you!!

    Cheers

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  7. Wonderful post max. I believe the Christ was sent to Save humankind hence the term CHRISTmas but it is also a time when through Christmas people may have a little more compassion and goodwill towards others, too bad materialism has to get in the way. I read you celebrated yule, happy/merry yule to you and yours max.

    With the crazy cold temps here I'm happy to be celebrating something to get my mind off the sucky weather,lol.

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  8. Max my friend, what another wonderful post of yours. Thanks for sharing.

    Also, I would like to take this opportunity my dear friend to wish you happy holidays to you and your husband, and your mom, and rest of the family. It has been another great year blogging with you and I am looking for many more. And soon Matthew will probably jump on board.

    Max, thank you so much, I really do for being such a good blogger, visitor, host, and friend. All the best.

    Anna :)

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  9. Hi Bob :D!

    "Wonderful post max."

    Thank you so much *bowing*!

    "I believe the Christ was sent to Save humankind hence the term CHRISTmas but it is also a time when through Christmas people may have a little more compassion and goodwill towards others, too bad materialism has to get in the way."

    I hear you on materialism *nodding*! It is sad, isn't it?

    "I read you celebrated yule, happy/merry yule to you and yours max."

    Thank you, Lord of the Astropics :D! My family is Catholic, so they celebrate Christmas...

    "With the crazy cold temps here I'm happy to be celebrating something to get my mind off the sucky weather,lol."

    LOL I heard it is freezing there *Brrrr*! Here it is mild, quite mild for this time of the year (14ºC)! But soon we will be back to Spring time, you'll see :)!

    Bob, thanks for this kind comment! Merry Festivities and may God bless you!

    Cheers

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  10. Hi Anna, my dear :D!

    "Max my friend, what another wonderful post of yours. Thanks for sharing."

    Thank you so much, darling *bowing*! You are welcome :)!

    "Also, I would like to take this opportunity my dear friend to wish you happy holidays to you and your husband, and your mom, and rest of the family. It has been another great year blogging with you and I am looking for many more. And soon Matthew will probably jump on board."

    Thank you, thank you :D! I will pass along your wishes to my family *bowing*! Yes, it has been another great blogging year, and a fantastic year too with the arrival of Baby Matthew :D! I am also looking forward to many more, darling *hug*!
    LOL it will be great to have Matthew on board :D!

    "Max, thank you so much, I really do for being such a good blogger, visitor, host, and friend. All the best."

    You are so kind, Anna...you are extremely welcome!! It is an honour to be your visitor, host and friend *bowing*! Thanks for your light, love and friendship!

    I wish you a Merry Christmas! May the Star shine upon you and your beautiful family!

    Cheers

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  11. beautiful post! thank you so much for the warm wishes. i know you don't celebrate it but still, i'd like to greet you a merry christmas :D

    take care. *hugs*

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  12. Hi Liza,

    You are welcome, darling! :D

    Ooh, thank you, my good friend *hug*!

    Merry festivities! And thanks for having dropped by!

    Cheers

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  13. Max,
    Amen my sista!

    Let love rule everyday and watch miracles in action.

    Peace and joy be with you my darling.

    Holiday Cheers.

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  14. "Every time a child is born, a miracle has been done."
    Hey!!!
    We use a similar sentence when a poor family mother give birth a baby.
    Do you know i become very glad when i hear these kind of different sayings which are very similar to Turkish but i've never known its English version :)

    Anyway, i wanna thank you for your wishes to us. Why you have to be so kind,Max!!!!??? :P I love this a lot!

    By the way, it will be 4th month since i started working in my office and we're gonna celebrate new year in Christmas Eve with my colleagues and manager...I don't have any idea how will it be with my managers :)
    (i see them 5 days of the week, and now even in Christmas Eve..Oh Godddddd, save me!!! :)

    I hope you have a wonderful year with plenty of posts!...:P
    And do not forget! You're wellcome to Istanbul whenever u want!!!

    Love and Hugs...

    Burcu

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  15. Lady A :D!

    "Let love rule everyday and watch miracles in action."

    Amen to that!!

    "Peace and joy be with you my darling."

    Thank you, my good friend *hug*! I wish you the same :)!

    And thanks for your special presence here, darling!

    Festivities Cheers.

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  16. Hey Ruben :D!

    That is sweet! Happy Festivities to you, darling!

    And thanks for having dropped by!

    Cheers

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  17. Hi Burcu!

    "We use a similar sentence when a poor family mother give birth a baby."

    Really? I didn't know that...I love learning about new things!

    "Do you know i become very glad when i hear these kind of different sayings which are very similar to Turkish but i've never known its English version :)"

    I am glad I could share something new with you, darling *bowing*!

    "Anyway, i wanna thank you for your wishes to us. Why you have to be so kind,Max!!!!??? :P I love this a lot!"

    You are most welcome, dear :)! Oh, sweetie...I have a theory: we should love our fellow humans, always!

    "By the way, it will be 4th month since i started working in my office and we're gonna celebrate new year in Christmas Eve with my colleagues and manager...I don't have any idea how will it be with my managers :)
    (i see them 5 days of the week, and now even in Christmas Eve..Oh Godddddd, save me!!! :)"

    That is nice!! LOL God will make you have the best time of your life...you'll see :D!

    "I hope you have a wonderful year with plenty of posts!...:P"

    Thank you, darling! :D

    "And do not forget! You're wellcome to Istanbul whenever u want!!!"

    Why, thank you...that is great *happy face*!

    Burcu, thank you for your kind words and fantastic presence here, in MAX! I am glad that we met *hug*!

    Love & cheers

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  18. Merry Christmas to you!
    Best wishes!
    Purple Cat

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  19. Hey PC! :D

    Thank you, Merry Festivities to you too :D!

    Thanks for having dropped by!

    Cheers

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  20. Beautiful thoughts for this holiday season. Thanks for a great year of thought-provoking posts and here's to best wishes for more of the same in the coming year!

    Grace,
    Madison Richards

    :)

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  21. Hey Madison :D!

    I am glad you liked it!

    Thanks for being part of my small community of readers *bowing*!
    Here's to a new year full of creativity *raising my glass*!

    Madison, thanks for your wishes and for your presence here...I loved it :D!

    Happy festivities!

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  22. I wish you all the best of luck, health, happiness for your and those around you, Max.

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  23. Hey Zhu,

    Thank you so much, darling :D!
    I wish you the same!!

    Merry Festivities!!! :D

    Thanks for the quick visit: loved it!!

    Cheers

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