Thursday, December 3, 2009

Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and Christmas



























Tonight, we discussed what Hanukkah and Kwanzaa meant and what it means to the people who celebrate them. It wasn't the reverent and respectful result I was expecting and I had to end it with this:

Each holiday, is a time to reflect on what each of us should be grateful for, what's important to us. Christmas is about the birth of Christ, our ultimate benefactor of what we enjoy now. Hannukah is a remembrance of a miraculous event for the Jewish people and Kwanzaa is a holiday reflecting on the importance of the African culture and its people.

No matter who we are and how we celebrate our holidays, it is a time that should be treated with respect and reverence, love and peace, gratitude and kindness, to ALL people. Why? Because for the most part of the year, we're too busy trying to see who did us wrong.

Happy Holidays to all...

3 comments:

Hansonpatch said...

I am sorry that it wasn't what you were expecting, but it sounds like you ended on a good note. I agree with you that everyone no matter their religion should be treated with respect. Respect for differing religion is the foundation for the founding of this Nation, and several constitutional studies have agreed that freedom of religion takes precedent over that of any other freedom. What a good idea to share that lesson with your kids and their friends. Way to go!!

A Gracious Home said...

Your pictures are beautiful and so is your family. Bless you, Doylene

Chandy said...

Thank you both; sometimes, a teaching moment is a teaching moment!