| SARA ERNEST
Well, not totally wrong. Christmas is awesome, fabulous, and super fun, but it isn’t the only holiday that people celebrate
in December. It seems that sometimes people lose sight of the fact there are just as many winter holidays as there are religions, faiths, and belief systems.
Corporate America would have us believe that there is only one major holiday that everyone in this country celebrates to the exclusion of all others. They spend so much time and money advertising the biggest discounts and the longest shopping hours that it’s easy to forget that there are people who celebrate other things or nothing at all.
It seems to me that there’s really only one truly
all-encompassing winter holiday, but folks, it’s already past and the symbol is a turkey, not an evergreen tree. I think many people take for granted that our hometown is made up of more than Christians and non-believers who subscribe to the Christmas traditions because that’s just what they do. That is definitely true of our LGBTQ community too.
Most of us don’t have to look that far to see other holiday traditions celebrated. Christmas at my house is a reminder that there is more to the season than what many of us think of as our one holiday. My partner Lori’s brother-in-law is Jewish, but we don’t make a point of celebrating Chanukah with him. I know I’m as much to blame for that as anyone in the family. Maybe this month’s column is my first step to rectifying that.
With approximately three-quarters of the population of the United States following the Christian religions, it’s not hard to understand why Christmas is overwhelmingly the most celebrated holiday this time of year. Let’s not forget the other 25 percent though.
Whether you celebrate, Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanzaa, Solstice, Festivus, or any other holidays or combinations of them, your holiday is just as important and meaningful as any other. Maybe during this season of winter festivals and celebrations, when you wish someone “Happy Holidays,” you can take the time to consider what that means to them. It may not be what you think.