The Holidays are times when we can come together and celebrate our traditions with our friends and family.
There has been a lot of noise in the press and on the Internet lately, it seems to me, about how use of the term “The Holidays” is a nod to political correctness. Personally, I don’t think of it that way. To me, it’s a mark of 21st Century awareness that celebration takes many forms. And I don’t know about you, but, I’d rather have more celebrations rather than fewer.
With all that in mind, it seemed like a good idea to shed some light on some of the selected holidays many of us celebrate around this time of year. We chose Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and (just for fun) Festivus.
Take a look!
Another thing that is fascinating to me is that holidays are more than the sum of their parts. Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and Yule, among others, have all played a part in cultural pride, and in the changing social landscapes that strengthen our identities as people. Our holiday traditions have been a key engine to the goal of creating communities living together in harmony, despite the seemingly human tendency to mistrust that which is unfamiliar.
Really, its about celebrating perspectives and experiences, and finding beauty and meaning where, perhaps, we didn’t think to look. This not only makes our respective holidays more meaningful to us, but it also sheds some light on the common things between cultures we didn’t notice, or were unaware of before. That’s pretty powerful “peace on earth” type stuff that makes ideas of flat, impersonal political correctness sound petty by comparison.
So, whatever your tradition – have a great December holiday season!