For all of the nonsense that goes around this time of year regarding "Merry Christmas," "Happy Holidays," "Festivus for the Rest of Us," "Happy Hannukah," and all the others - does one wish one a "Killer Kwanza," or is it something else? - Most of it is surface gloss and irrelevant. What really matters is precisely what one does to celebrate their holiday of choice. I'd rather hear "Happy Holidays" that watch Grandma and Aunt Sue duke it out in a snow covered yard over who that box of wine really belongs to - to site just one example. How do we celebrate the holidays in a way that spiritually meaningful without getting trapped in the materialism and performance based approval systems that have permanently ruined the holidays for so many?
Equally important is the issue of those for whom the holidays bring more pain than joy. If we are one of those people, how can we move toward healing? If we know one of those people, how might we help them be more comfortable if they decide to attend our holiday event? We'll look at these issues and more today on Interspritual Insights.