Today is Christmas day. A date celebrated religiously and culturally around the world by people of the Christian faith with gift-giving, gatherings with loved ones and cherished traditions dating back to the time of the birth of Jesus.
A recent survey conducted by Pew Research (Pewresearch.org) states that while 90% of Americans celebrate Christmas, the numbers vary relative to precise religious observations, greetings shared with others and historical facts surrounding today.
If we can set aside specifics, rationale and doctrine for the moment, what we will see is a whole season for global celebration of life, love, family and sharing, through presents, feasts and get-togethers.
These celebrations span Winter Solstice, Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa and other observances. The “Twelve Days of Christmas,” “Three Kings Day,” the Chinese New Year broaden the Gregorian calendar celebration of today and New Year’s Day deep into February; in our American tradition that broadening begins in November with Thanksgiving.
Celebrating diversity in these devotions allows us to deepen our connectedness to each other unifying us in the one intent behind all of them: sharing love, regardless of date, identity or history. Laughter, traditions, food, music and stories remind us that this is the season of light and love. And any season can be celebrated when we show up with light and love.