It occurred to me we have not been very inclusive here, wishing merely a Merry Christmas and not really recognizing Hanukkah and Kwanzaa. I had a conversation with a friend a while back about Kwanzaa (which I knew literally nothing about), and he remarked it was a made up holiday and therefore not “real.” Looking back on that now, it is kind of funny to me that he was able to separate “real” holidays from “made-up” holidays.
I mean, any culture that is able to co-mingle the dueling mythologies of the virgin birth of a deity’s son in a barn with an old fat bearded guy in a red jumpsuit who really loves kids and spends his winters breaking into people’s houses to judge whether they have been naughty or nice really shouldn’t have the last word on whether something is “real” or “made-up.” And don’t get me started on the pagan stuff.
Kwanzaa stands for unity, self-determination, and a couple other noble goals like creativity and purpose. Whether Kwanzaa is made-up or real, those seem like valuable things for everyone to embrace, not just African-Americans.
And mind you, this is not an attack on Christmas, because I love Christmas. I’m all in favor of vacation and eating and drinking too much, giving gifts, and making my relatives miserable. At any rate, Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and have a good Kwanzaa. Whatever blows your trumpet.