This past week I hard-pressed to find a menorah anywhere. Christmas trees, yes. But a menorah? I live in a condo, and the Christmas tree went up in the lobby on Dec. 7. When I called the management office to find out if a menorah was going to appear I was told no, and that I’d have to write a letter … [Continue reading] Happy Holidays (plural)
Happy Kwanzaa! Happy Hanukkah! Merry Christmas! All of these major festivals (and maybe others) are being celebrated this week in some places around the world. If you aren’t aware of these holidays (and I’m guessing, that by default if you are in North America, you’ll at least be aware of the … [Continue reading] Festivals of Light
I’m currently in Barbados with my family, and of course, Christmas is in the air. What strikes me as we travel around and listen to the radio, is the presence of Santa Claus. Santa Claus is Black here, of course, which may surprise some people and certainly shakes up the image that is typically … [Continue reading] Christmas in the Caribbean
If you live in North America, it’s hard to not know that this coming weekend is Christmas. Many of us have been bombarded with decorations, commercials, Santas in shopping malls, and Christmas carols on the radio and in stores for the last month – sometimes more! If you’re Christian, or if you’re … [Continue reading] It’s Holiday Time!
Yesterday I was in a downtown Toronto office. As soon as the elevator doors opened onto the 7th floor I could already see the Christmas decorations. The person I was meeting with is Jewish. So I asked him as we looked at the Christmas tree, where the Menorah was. He looked a bit uncomfortable for … [Continue reading] Happy Holidays?
It's that time of the year. There are a few celebrations converging, even though in Toronto we are only really bombarded with one. Everywhere. From the music in the shopping malls, to the beer ads in the bus shelters, you can't get away from Christmas. And if you step into a dollar store, you might … [Continue reading] Happy Holidays…?