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Learn About a New Holiday

Don't know the significance behind a certain holiday celebration? Ask someone! Google it! Take the time to learn about a holiday celebration different from your own this year. Ask you classmates, coworkers, family members, neighbors and friends why the celebrate the holidays they do, and what those holidays mean to them.


The more you learn, the more appreciation you will have for the many people around the world, celebrating many different things for many different reasons. And although each celebration is different and unique, it is also likely you will find some common themes among them all: starting with peace and love!

Step It Up:

Take the time to learn why the menorah is lit or the meaning behind the different symbols of Kwanzaa. Ask someone why they celebrate Christmas or learn where the tradition of a Christmas Tree came from. Research how and where each celebration. Ask a friend to tell you about their traditions. Perhaps even invite yourself along to participate in a worship service or in a celebratory dinner. In taking the time to learn about various holiday celebrations you will develop a stronger appreciation not only for the traditions and celebrations of those different from yours, but also for your own! Share your findings with your friends and family.

Keep It Simple:

Don't have a lot of time? Combine learning with something else you are already doing! Meeting a friend for coffee? Ask them why and how they celebrate the holidays. If you are a student, ask your teacher or professor if you can write a research paper on the different holiday traditions around the world. Read books to your children or grandchildren about the holidays. Ask the older generation in your community if they have any holiday traditions they wished they had passed down.

Related Resources:

Learn more about the significance behind a number of popular holidays on

Want to learn more about Hanukkah? Click here. Or if you'd like to read up on Kwanzaa, click here.

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