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Happy Holidays From JPay!

The winter holidays hold an outsized place in our collective consciousnesses, for reasons that go beyond the history of the holidays themselves.  Certainly, Christmas is a central event in the Christian calendar, yet it can be argued that Easter is more foundational to the faith.  Hanukkah is a key symbol of Jewish identity, particularly here in America, but it is a minor religious holiday compared to the High Holy Days or Passover.  Kwanzaa is unique in its celebration of African-American heritage and culture, but it is not a part of a yearlong religious tradition.

All of these late-year holidays, though, carry a larger meaning.  Each emphasize the importance of family and togetherness, if not in their history and etymology, than certainly in their observance and celebration.  It is this sense of coming together, and basking in the warmth of your friends and family in the cold, waning days of the year, that truly defines the holiday season.

Many of us are fortunate to have our loved ones close during this time.  But it’s also true that some of us will be sharing the holidays with loved ones from afar.  Some members of the JPay Family fall into this latter group; we know how difficult that can be.  We also know, however, that every visit, every letter, every email and every phone call is a little transmission of the holiday spirit, and that even if you’re not physically together, you’re connected through the warmth and joy of the season.

For our part, we enjoy every minute we get to spend with the JPay Family, both throughout the year and during these special winter times.  So whatever holiday you observe, we wish you a merry and happy one, and the same to all your friends and family.

Happy Holidays, from the JPay Family to yours.

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10 Comments

  1. gwendolyn

    October 24, 2012 - 6:39 pm

    I REALLY LIKE THE FACT THAT YOU CAN SEND EMAILS TO YOUR LOVED ONES FOR ME IT IS HARD TO SIT DOWN AND WRITE A LETTER, FOR SOME REASON I NEVER REMBER TO PUT IT IN THE MAIL OR DO NOT HAVE A STAMP BUT WITH EMAIL I CAN SEND A MESSAGE OR PHOTO RIGHT WHEN IAM THINKING ABOUT IT AND IT GETS THEIR EVEN FASTER SOMETIMES ITS SOMETHING SMALL OR SOMETHING THAT HITS ME AND I NEED TO SEND IT RIGHT AWAY. THANK YOU JAPAY FOR EMAILS.

  2. Samantha Garner

    January 16, 2012 - 11:08 pm

    Thank you Jaypay for letting me keep up with my friends who are in prison because they were poor and homeless and just having to survive. I wan’t them to be free!!!! Thank you for the freedom of communications. means the world to us in the jay family!

  3. C.P.'s Mom

    January 12, 2012 - 2:11 am

    Haven’t seen my boy since his Daddy passed away almost 4yrs ago…sure do miss him…almost as if he passed away also. Wish CCI would allow e-mails or video visits for those of us who are disabled and can’t see our kids any other way. Anyone got any suggestions?

  4. inez

    January 9, 2012 - 12:16 pm

    hey god bless you and stay strong.

  5. Zarayah Israel

    January 6, 2012 - 1:34 am

    JPay,
    Blessings to you for your willingness to step outside of the proverbial box and take the road less traveled, to create a modern way of communicating with incarcerated loved ones. I am a neophyte to your site, still learning to navigate and explore all your options.
    Hopefully, my son Daniel-Eliyahshua will read this. We [the Rabbi and me] are working overtime to help you out of this travesty of justice. Be patient and know that you are deeply loved. From Isaac: “I miss you big bro, and hope to see you sooner than later!”
    You are right, Teresa, THE ETERNAL ONE watches over His human family, aka the human race [singular!].
    To all JPayers and incarcerated family members and friends, Make Miraculous Moments
    Blessings of All that Aspire to Inspire, Joy, Life, Light, Love, Oneness, Peace, Revelation, Transformation, Truth, Understanding and Wisdom 🙂

  6. Teresa

    January 1, 2012 - 8:24 pm

    Well said jpay.
    Regardless though of which Holiday each person or family celebrates, the Holiday itself is a reminder that there is a larger, more powerful God that is watching over us and our loved ones each and every day of the year. Even on the worst day, I am so thankful to my God for that.
    Until our loved ones come home….God bless them and our families!

  7. Bianca Lawrence

    December 28, 2011 - 11:25 am

    Hello,

    First of all THANK YOU JPAY for making possible for all the family members of incarcerated people to be able to communicate and to send them money..

    Second YES it is hard to spend the holidays with out your love ones specially if is the head of the family you HUSBAND.. ;(
    It has been really hard for me and our kids but as a mother I have to make sure the kids don’t get up sate specially on this holidays and no matter what they have a good Christmas and that’s what I did.. Even I was feeling alone and hopeless God and family members gave me the support to give my children a good holiday..
    Next year I will be with my husband and it will be another history..

    Happy holidays and to very mother, wife, sister, friend who is feeling blue in this holidays remember that you are not the only one WE ARE MANY feeling the same way.. just talk to God and He will give you the support need it..

    GOD BLESS YOU ALL!
    Bianca Lawrence.

  8. Jasmin strada

    December 26, 2011 - 12:59 am

    Happy holidays Iil sis this one is for you stephAnie we luv u!!!!!

  9. Sharon Gooden

    December 24, 2011 - 11:53 am

    HI BABY BOY THAT IS RIGHT YOU ARE STILL MY BABY BOY. I LOVE YOU AND MISS HONEYCHILD. I HOPE THAT THIS TIME NEXT YEAR YOU WILL BE OUT. I AM MIDING MY BUSINESS AND TALK TO YOU ABOUT MY AND LA TISHA. SHE DOES NOT WHAT TO BE MY FRIEND ANY MORE. SHIS TIRED OF NOT SEEING THE KIDS I ALWAYS HIDE THEM. BECAUSE TEE WILL NOT LET ME SEE THEM. I DID NOT SEE THEM FOR 5 MONTHS. THAT HURT SO BABD I GUESS I UNDERSTAND. BUT I WILL WAIT MAYBE SHE’LL CALL ONE DAY. YOU WILL HEAR FROM ME THIS WEEK OK.I AVE THE KIDS FOR A WEEK NOW AND WILL HAVE THEM THIS WEEK TOO. WELL I WILL CLOSE FOR FOR NOW MAMA

  10. Jack Mitchum

    December 24, 2011 - 7:27 am

    It’s summer where I live. Yet every word you say applies as well. So I want to say happy holidays to all my fellow JPayers, hope you will be able to see your loved ones and that it won’t be too long before they share the holidays with you again. Thank you JPay for making this very difficult time a little easier.

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