December is more than Christmas

I celebrate Christmas as do many of the people I spend my time with, but not everyone does. As a leader, colleague, friend, and neighbor, you have a responsibility to remember that December is not just about Christmas. Some of the biggest religious celebrations happen during this time of the year.


Inclusive leaders specifically, will focus their efforts beyond the traditional Christmas celebrations. They will keep not only the dates below in mind, but learn which holidays their employees do celebrate.


Hanukkah

November 28 - December 6


This holiday is the eight day Jewish celebration of the victory of the Maccabees over a larger Syrian army. A candle on the menorah is lit each night to celebrate a miracle that happened during this time.


 
Christmas

December 25


This holiday celebrates the birth of Jesus, who Christians believe is the Son of God. To celebrate many attend church services, spend time with loved ones, and exchange gifts.



 
St Stephen's Day

December 26


Recognized by many European countries, this holiday celebrates the first Christian martyr and is concurrent with Boxing Day. Traditions often include family gatherings and special meals.


 
Kwanzaa

December 26 - January 1


This holiday celebrates African heritage, unity, and culture. This holiday culminates in gift giving and a feast of faith, called Karamu Ya Imani.





Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, or any others during this time of year, please remember that December is more than just about Christmas.