Merry Christmas! Happy Hanukkah! Happy Kwanzaa! Happy Holidays! An opportunity to embrace to embrace cultures, spread joy, and be inclusive of all! Do you agree?
My girls were asked by their school friends what holidays they celebrate in the winter. And they both said technically neither Hanukkah nor Christmas. Some of the kids said to them they have to celebrate one.
To be clear- I actually love their friends ask them questions - curiosity is a gift and better to ask versus assume. To me, it shows that the kids care to get to know each other.
As the only Hindus in their school- I was so proud of my girls sharing that “We are Hindu. While we do not celebrate the December holidays religiously but we celebrate them all because they bring happiness. We have a Christmas tree, a menorah, and a kinara.”
Being Indian-American- during the December holiday season, I have the best of all worlds. I feel like it’s a gift to be exposed and to have friends of all faiths. And wow- the girls learned so much about Hanukkah, Christmas, and Kwanzaa! They have friends who celebrate them... which stemmed their curiosity to learn more! These holidays (including Diwali) center around lights, love, goodness, togetherness, community, appreciation of abundance, and joy to share with all those you love! Wow!
While we never believed in Santa Claus traveling around the world giving gifts to everyone (and he never visited my house), I told my girls to not share that with their friends as it may hurt their feelings. If someone believes in Santa- that is fine for them. We all believe in different things which is what makes us special.
Let our uniqueness unite us not divide us and let us raise inclusive global citizens together!