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Eastchester Spiritual Leaders Share Holiday Hopes

EASTCHESTER, N.Y. – Reformed Church of Bronxville Rev. Keith Dragt is a big fan of Christmas holiday traditions.

"The tree, the lights, gift giving ," Dragt said. "It's such a joy for all of us."

But Dragt said he hopes people find a deeper meaning in the holiday season.

"I hope people can find peace and the gift of God's love in the midst of whatever the holiday brings," Dragt said.

While today is Christmas Day, it is also it is also the sixth night of  Festival of Lights, Hanukkah. Rabbi Andrew Gordon of Scarsdale Synagogue, Temple Emanu-El and Temple Tremont hopes the holiday will bring with it a sense of respect for each other.

"I hope we remember to pull together, to work together," Gordon said. "I hope we are able to carry the sense of caring and community not just at this time of the year but throughout the year.

At the Village Lutheran Church located on the Tuckahoe-Bronxville border, Rev. Robert Hartwell said that at this time of the year people get excited about helping each other and being together but he hopes that in the midst of celebration, people remember those who cannot be with loved ones.

"I hope we all remember to say a special prayer for our soldiers," Harwell said. "While we are gathering together exchanging gifts and sharing meals, I hope we remember that our soldiers are without our families, so they can protect us."

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