An Inclusive Holiday Season

We all have a different take on the meanings and true purpose of the holidays we opt to celebrate, and toward the end of the year, it can be a struggle to acknowledge and be accepting of many conflicting festivities. Nonetheless, we should make an effort to better understand and appreciate both the unique subtleties and the grand similarities that drive them. This holiday season, I dare you to take it upon yourself to experience new things, with new people. In doing so, you can learn to embrace new principles, better understand your neighbors and maybe adopt a few new traditions of your own. HAVE OPEN ARMS If you’ve long celebrated Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or even Festivus, you probably have traditions, ideals that are unique to you and your family. As you can imagine, we all do. Instead of sticking to what you know, engage with diverse groups and individuals from different religious and cultural backgrounds. While their beliefs may not reflect your own, their traditions, like yours, are often ingrained with the intention of spreading positivity, sound morals and other admirable traits. MIX IT UP This season invite someone from a different background to join you in a tradition you hold closely or join in yourself. Remember, you aren’t doing this with the intention of changing someone’s opinion, but rather creating a bond that represents respect and friendship. EMBRACE OUR DIFFERENCES In no small part, the holidays for the majority of us come down to the opportunity to celebrate the great things we have in our lives: our families, our friends and the prospect of an incredible year to come. So why not welcome change and acceptance to your celebration?

We all have a different take on the meanings and true purpose of the holidays we opt to celebrate, and toward the end of the year, it can be a struggle to acknowledge and be accepting of many conflicting festivities. Nonetheless, we should make an effort to better understand and appreciate both the unique subtleties and the grand similarities that drive them.

This holiday season, I dare you to take it upon yourself to experience new things, with new people. In doing so, you can learn to embrace new principles, better understand your neighbors and maybe adopt a few new traditions of your own.

HAVE OPEN ARMS
If you’ve long celebrated Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or even Festivus, you probably have traditions, ideals that are unique to you and your family. As you can imagine, we all do. Instead of sticking to what you know, engage with diverse groups and individuals from different religious and cultural backgrounds. While their beliefs may not reflect your own, their traditions, like yours, are often ingrained with the intention of spreading positivity, sound morals and other admirable traits.

MIX IT UP
This season invite someone from a different background to join you in a tradition you hold closely or join in yourself. Remember, you aren’t doing this with the intention of changing someone’s opinion, but rather creating a bond that represents respect and friendship.

EMBRACE OUR DIFFERENCES
In no small part, the holidays for the majority of us come down to the opportunity to celebrate the great things we have in our lives: our families, our friends and the prospect of an incredible year to come. So why not welcome change and acceptance to your celebration?

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