December is finally here, and with it—all the blessings and glad tidings that make for a memorable holiday season. It’s the month in which we celebrate Christmas (arguably the most celebrated holiday of the year); and, we do so with joy, peace-on-earth, and goodwill toward men. Although the tradition of gathering with family and friends is enjoyed by most, it can be a tough time for those who are homeless, recently bereaved, lonely or struggling to make ends meet. So, instead of focusing solely on how lavishly we’ll honor this glorious holiday season (complete with festive gift-exchange, feasts, and merriment), let’s be more thoughtful in our observances this year, by taking the time to remember and pray for those less fortunate than we are (Matthew 25:40 – And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me).

In recognition of gift-giving (a principal tradition this time of year), the December issue of our magazine puts adequate focus on some great product-gifts to bestow. But of course, of greater significance – the gift of spiritual consciousness and increased wellness will be granted to many of you, and for that, I am most grateful and thankful. Christmas can mean different things to different people; so, however you choose to celebrate this holiday season, be it: Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, Las Posadas, Diwali or another cultural observance for the month of December, I hope you are able to realize the greater meaning of your celebratory consciousness, and you’re moved to display the significance of your understanding through your actions. Perhaps you’ll celebrate this holiday season as a participant in a ticketed event, attend assemblies of formalized worship (with family and friends), or you may even seek to engage in a celebration of a less formal nature. Whatever your level of participation, I pray your contribution or involvement will be offered with reverence (for the true meaning of the season), and with purity of heart.

With each Nativity scene I see, I am reminded of the miraculous event that occurred many years ago, and the manifestation of wonder conveyed to mankind. In appreciation for this gift, it is my prayer that we have the eyes to see modern day miracles (not only during the holiday season, but also in the days and months that ensue), and have worshipful knowledge of whence these miracles hail. Out of gratitude for the ultimate gift bestowed upon man (love), may we allow the best within each of us – to serve as a rod that nudges propriety forward (with helping hands that seek to make a difference).

Happy Holidays to each of you; as a community of one, may we continue to feel thankful and favored in our ongoing quest to live life on purpose… and positively be our best.

ZeZor DeForce a.k.a Trainer Z