As the holiday season approaches I keep hearing more and more people complaining about all of the money and chaos that goes hand-in-hand with this time of year. Although society has transformed the holidays into superficial and materialistic celebrations, does that mean that it cannot be viewed in a different light?
Once upon a time, everyone would celebrate in December for religious reasons. That focus has diminished to almost nothing because of the very extreme and different views of our people.
For those who do not wish to associate the holidays with religion, I strongly suggest you focus on the magic that goes with this time. The magic that I refer to is the ability for the many different December holidays to bring people together. It is eating the Kwanzaa Karamu, or feast, with loved ones, Santa and his reindeer bringing toys to every house in the world in one night, making time to light the menorah for 12 straight days, or decorating the family Christmas tree. I am most familiar with Christmas because it is what I was raised with, but I feel that no matter what people celebrate, it is important to focus on the magic that is giving your time and your love to your family and friends.
This is how the holidays should be viewed. Sing Christmas songs, play dreidel games, and value the seven principles of Kwanzaa. Give to others and be happy to do so.