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.