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Religion News Service: How Humanists Celebrate the Holidays

By December 24, 2019 December 26th, 2019 No Comments

The Religion News Service spoke to our Leader Emerita Dr. Anne Klaeysen to examine how Humanists celebrate the holiday season:

Around this time of year, we have the winter solstice and winter festivals — winter celebrations that are intergenerational, that are open to all faiths. We do a lot of storytelling. We do a lot of singing and music making, bringing nature into the room. It’s always a celebration of what our values are, and those are the core values I think everyone celebrates. So that’s peace, love, joy, hope, giving, merrymaking, singing.

About what the holiday spirit means to us as Humanists:

“(The holiday spirit) is about celebrating the human story that we are here on this earth, that we have an opportunity and a responsibility to engage in ethical relationships. I think it’s a message of unity and how we can be more inclusive.”

And how to share the holiday with relatives in divisive times:

And so I have no easy answers for you. It’s going to be tough. Thanksgiving was a difficult holiday for many people, and these upcoming holidays are going to be quite the challenge. I hope that people would take the opportunity to say, what are values that we continue to share? If families who disagree could agree to have a conversation, that would be a miracle; the Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa miracle — to have a respectful, loving conversation. That’s what I would wish for everyone.

Read the entire article here.

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