This year I spent Christmas at a Muslim home. Obviously it wasn't a Christmas celebration. It was a very warm family gathering and it was only later that I even realized that I had been totally unaware of the absence of a Christmas tree or the wrapped presents that I'd normally see.
While this family doesn't celebrate Christmas, they do celebrate the same thing many of us do around this time of year, and as we stood together prior to dinner, holding hands during a prayer of thanks for the food and company, it highlighted the importance of faith (in whatever you believe in) family and friends.
Today is the first day of Kwanzaa and I want to wish a Happy Kwanzaa to all who celebrate.
As we enjoy the holidays and celebrations that happen during this time, I hope that we all share in the true spirit that the season brings--spending time with our loved ones, while remembering those who have gone and those who are in need, and learn to be more tolerant, free of judgment and things that divide us (and that really shouldn't, because we're more alike than different, in so many ways.) Then it's a beautiful thing.