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How do you spread holiday cheer when you have no house to go home to?

As the Christmas approaches, millions of Americans who have lost their homes due to foreclosure may find it difficult to celebrate and are forced to change their holiday traditions -- or worse -- abandon them altogether. Rabbi Sherre Hirsch gives us tips on how to remember what's really important during the holiday season:

1. Focus on the family: "What makes the holidays is that you're together. The people you're with is more important than the environment, and it's important to remember that," she says.

2. Join in with others: "There is a saying in Judaism, 'Happy is the person who is content with their lot.' See if you can recreate your traditions. There are a lot of community celebrations, such as through your church or your synagogue. They will make you feel like you're a part of something greater."

3. This too shall pass: Things are ephemeral, times change. This will not be the rest of your Christmases for the rest of your life. This is just this moment in time. Losing your home is devastating because this is where you keep your family, but carrying out your rituals wherever you are will help you feel like you're at home. The most important holiday is the people you're with.

4. Be willing to accept help: This is an economic crunch for everyone, and there may be a way that you can give back in the future.

5. There are still things to be grateful for: Be thankful that you are healthy and that you have the people who are most important to you, and a relationship with God. It is easy to be thankful when times are good, but when times are hard, it can be more difficult.

As devastating as it is right now, sometimes the light comes out of the darkness and just to take it one step at a time. There's a saying that God doesn't give us more than we can handle, but sometimes we feel we are given more than we can handle. Sometimes we have to tap our inner strengths for character that we never knew existed.

In Judaism, we say 100 blessings every day. These times really challenge us to look at our blessings.

Do you know a family who is losing their home right now? Comment in the momlogic community.

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I am writing because my daughter and her 3 children are homelessand staying in a shelter. this is Christmas and they dont have a home or any money to get one.that means that the children will have no Christmas or home. mY HUSBAND AND i ARE BOTH DISABLED AND CANT HELP EITHER.WE are about to lose our home so we cant help her.I dont know why iam writing this but maybe I will feel better about things after. God Bless you and have a Merry Christmas

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