Editorial: Let there be light

It’s not often the community is able to celebrate Hanukkah and the Christmas season together in a public way, but that’s what will happen Friday with the annual Holiday Stroll. The festivities begin at 4 in Wilton Center with the lighting of the sixth candle of the menorah, marking the sixth night of the eight-night Jewish holiday. Then, at 5, the lights will be switched on for the Christmas tree.

The key here is light. At this time of year when the days are short and the nights are long — there’s about four fewer hours of daylight than in June — the darkness can be overwhelming. Add to that the darkness of events that pop up in the news seemingly every day — shootings, climatic disasters, racist atrocities — and the weight of it all can be heavy on our shoulders and our minds.

This season above all should be a time of joy. Both holidays — Hanukkah and Christmas — are founded on light. The light that miraculously burned for eight nights. The light that shone from a single star, illuminating the world.

Dark events can cast a shadow on our lives, dampening the brightness and joy we should all feel this time of year. It is all the more important, then, that we reflect back the light of the season from our own hearts to one another. In that way, we vanquish the darkness and the light of the human spirit prevails.

So, take advantage of this concurrence of events and join your neighbors Friday night in Wilton Center. Whatever your beliefs enjoy the festivities and share the joy.edi