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Happy Holidays?

2 Dec

Yesterday I was in a downtown Toronto office.  As soon as the elevator doors opened onto the 7th floor I could already see the Christmas decorations.

The person I was meeting with is Jewish. So I asked him as we looked at the Christmas tree, where the Menorah was. He looked a bit uncomfortable for a moment and then said “Usually we will have one, but it’s not Hannukah yet.”

To which I responded: “Christmas doesn’t start for another 24 days! Hannukah is next week!”

“I don’t know what to say now,” he answered.

I was told by the receptionist that the Menorah will make an appearance. I’m tempted to drop by every day this week to see when it does. Because here is the thing:

It’s great that it will be there, but consider the unconscious message as we put up Christmas decorations a month before and possibly save the Menorah for exactly the 8 days it will be lit (or the 5 work days of the 8). Is there something especially anticipatory about Christmas that other holidays don’t share?

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Copyright 2015 Annemarie Shrouder
Speaker, Author and Facilitator on issues of Diversity & Inclusion

Radio Show Host – Creating Families


Happy Holidays…?

19 Dec

It’s that time of the year. There are a few celebrations converging, even though in Toronto we are only really bombarded with one. Everywhere. From the music in the shopping malls, to the beer ads in the bus shelters, you can’t get away from Christmas. And if you step into a dollar store, you might just feel overwhelmed by the gift bag section alone.

Makes me wonder where people go to get Hanukkah gift bags (Hanukkah starts tomorrow at sundown), or Kwanzaa paper (Kwanzaa starts on Dec. 26th). For that matter, what if you wanted some Christmas gift wrap that was actually religious?!

And then there is the Solstice. Wednesday Dec. 21st is the shortest day of the year. I’m not sure it’s a gift-giving day, but it’s the event that inspired the date for Christmas, and probably other festivals of light.

My point? There is more going on in the next few weeks than Christmas. Although you might not know it to look around. And “Happy Holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas” is a great way to acknowledge this diversity, and still share the joy.

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copyright 2011 Annemarie Shrouder
author, speaker and facilitator on issues of diversity and inclusion

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