Sharing Joy

By: Lacey Bisnett

December brings one of my favorite seasonal activities, no it’s not gifts, snow, or family gatherings… I get my coat and gloves on and… wait for the drama to unfold about the latest holiday cup from Starbucks. Yup, that’s right, I’m always entertained each year by the outrage over a festive cup. Why the outrage? Simply put, I think people are often afraid that by accommodating other celebrations are we lessening our personal favorite one. Someone says “Happy Holidays” and there is outrage that there is a war on Christmas. Someone says “Merry Christmas” and another is quick to report they don’t celebrate. This month, let’s all learn to share in JOY of whatever each of us celebrates. If I know you celebrate Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Yule, or Christmas, I’ll be sure to wish you well when those holidays come up this season. In turn, I’ll happily accept all greeting from all holidays you acknowledge and celebrate. My family celebrates THREE different holidays in December: Chalica, Winter Solstice, and Christmas. Let’s take some time this month to learn about all the different celebrations that people in the Topeka area engage in! In fact, you can get a sampling of many by attending Peace: A Multicultural Holiday Evening in town on December 15th. Details HERE.