Holiday Inclusion Tips

This is a time of the year when we each tend to get busy with our own version of the holidays. So we are sharing a few tips with you for an inclusive and even happier holiday season!

Take interest in all celebrations

While Christmas symbols and traditions are beautiful and quite familiar in the US, it’s easy to forget there are several other major celebrations around this time of the year. A simple way to be inclusive of your friends and coworkers is to take interest in their traditions and share the way you and your family celebrate the holidays.

• Hanukkah, the eight-day Jewish festival of light, began in the evening of Sunday, December 22nd.

• Yuletide, the 12-day festival celebrated by Germanic peoples around the winter solstice, started on December 22nd.

• Kwanzaa, the week-long celebration of African heritage, starts on December 26th.

• Lunar New Year, the traditional Chinese holiday which marks the end of winter, falls on January 25th.

Provide food and drink options

The food options are important to having an inclusive holiday gathering. The key ones to keep in mind are kosher, halal and vegetarian dietary needs and preferences. Remember that for some, placing different kinds of food on separate tables is as important as the choice of foods, and don’t forget about the restrictions with regards to alcohol.

Be mindful of the stresses too!

This time of the year can also be one of the most stressful for a variety of reasons. Remember to pause and take note of those around you who are quiet or not participating, and remind them that you are there if they need you!

We wish you all a joyous, relaxing and safe holiday season!