Back in my religious studies days in college I started celebrating Hanukkah. It was a little bit because so many of my fabulous Jewish friends had celebrated it growing up, and also because I was in the thick of studying all things Jewish. But Hanukkah is not the only “light” holiday that I celebrate this season. I equally light candles each Sunday in Advent and I will sip grog with my brothers and my dad to celebrate the Solstice on the 21st.
I love this season because it is all about light. It is very literally about being in the darkest time of year and celebrating that the days will start to grow longer. It is equally as metaphorical about recognizing the dark moments in life and remembering that those too will start to grow lighter, even if they feel so dark now. So I light my candles to remember the light that lasted and I light my candles to remember the light that is coming and am filled with relief to be reminded that no darkness will last forever.