The Holiday season is full of special celebrations stretching from late November through to the end of January. For a majority of families in Golden, including mine, this is the time to celebrate Christmas.
I also know through family stories that I have ancestral roots in Eastern Europe and I know somewhere in the world there are distant relatives, unknown to me, that are celebrating Hanukkah right now. In addition to Christmas, my family honours this ancestry by displaying a menorah and engaging our kids with our little stuffed "Mench", whose presence serves to remind my children of the story of Hanukkah. (Mench is a Yiddish term meaning "a person of integrity and honor".)
I know of many other significant days that happen at this time, too, and I was curious to know more. I looked online and found the University of British Columbia's Days of Significance calendar (http://equity.ubc.ca/days-of-significance-calendar/). Through January there are people around the world marking a number of significant days, including: Kwanzaa, Gantan-sai (Shinto New Years), Mahayana New Year (Buddist), Epiphany (Christian), the Feast of the Nativity (Orthodox Christian), Maghi (Sikh), Timkat (Ethiopian Orthodox Christian), World Religion Day (Baha'i), Vasant Panchami (Hindu), and Tu B'shevat (Jewish).
Whatever your family celebrates, and in whichever manner you celebrate, I hope you have a restful and restorative holiday season, and from my family to yours I want to wish all of you a Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year.