Let's Talk About Holidays Other Than Christmas
Start writing a post

Let's Talk About Holidays Other Than Christmas

Why don't we celebrate Hanukkah and Kwanzaa more?

Let's Talk About Holidays Other Than Christmas
Author's Photo

It seems that when December comes around, everyone is Christmas crazy. Some seem to forget that not everyone celebrates Christmas. And that a lot of those who do, do not celebrate for religious purposes.

December is very much Christmas centered in all aspects. One of those aspects being commercial stores, do you know how hard it was for some of my friends to find Hanukkah sweaters? I don't even think that Kwanzaa sweaters exist!

All we hear when December nears is the thousands of renditions Santa doing something. All the movies that come out in December are also about Santa doing something. What about the other holidays that December has to offer?

Why aren't there more movies that have to do with other holidays? Why is everything about December 1st hits? Admittedly, there are a few episodes from shows that correctly depict Hanukkah and Kwanzaa.

There aren't enough though, because when we are young, we watch all types of cartoons and TV shows. It's important to be introduced to other people's holidays. We are impressionable and need to be educated on other people's heritage, culture, and religion.

Other holidays and religions should be more normalized. Sure some shows mention it, but it always seems to be the token friend explaining their heritage and then becoming irrelevant, for the rest of the show.

If you aren't careful you may be ignorant to things in a culture and come off as insensitive or disrespectful. I'll never forget when I was in grade school someone accused me of celebrating a "knock-off Hanukkah" when I said I celebrated Kwanzaa. Kwanzaa is a holiday that pertains to African culture and heritage, it has nothing to do with religion.

Our candle holder is called a Kinara, not a Menorah. We go for seven days, not eight. One is at the beginning of the month and one is at the end.

My roommate celebrates Hanukkah and Christmas while I celebrate Christmas and Kwanzaa. We both enjoy learning about each other's cultures and we reminisced on shows that educated us. In honor of Hanukkah and Kwanzaa, here are shows and movies that talk about more than just Christmas.

1. The Proud Family


The proud Family was a show that followed the teenage years of Penny Proud. In their Kwanzaa episode they spoke about how the holidays are more than just receiving gifts. It's about spending time with the ones you love and giving back to the community.

2. The O.C.

The Oc GIF - Find & Share on GIPHYGiphy

Now I personally never watched the O.C, but it followed a Jewish family. And there was a yearly Chrismukkah episode created for those (like my roommate) who celebrate both.

3. A RUGRATS KWANZAA SPECIAL! A Very Nerdy Christmas #4

Now Rugrats is a double hitter when it comes to educating the youth. I actually have the Kwanzaa episode on VHS still, it was one of my favorite episodes to watch. In the Kwanzaa episode we learn more about Susie Carmichael and her family. The Rugrats are at her aunt's house learning more about black history. Rugrats also had two Jewish specials, one about Passover and one about Hanukkah. Tommy Pickles, our main baby learns more about his Jewish identity by the stories his grandparents tell. Above is a Video from Rugrats Kwanzaa and Below is a video of Rugrats Hanukkah.

5. Honorable Mentions

The one's I mentioned above are my favorites, but there are other shows that touch on these holidays. The Nanny, The Goldbergs, and The Even Stevens all have episodes about Hanukkah. If you're looking for episodes about Kwanzaa, you could watch Futurama, Everybody Hates Chris, and even Elmo's World.

This is coming from me, as well as my friends who feel the same. Whether they are black or Jewish doesn't matter. What matters is this holiday season everyone should be more open-minded to other cultures and groups of people.

There are so many other holidays that are celebrated this month but are less acknowledged because they don't happen in America. Take time this holiday to give back and learn more about a culture that isn't your own.

Happy Holidays Everyone.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.

Unlocking Lake People's Secrets: 15 Must-Knows!

There's no other place you'd rather be in the summer.

Group of joyful friends sitting in a boat
Haley Harvey

The people that spend their summers at the lake are a unique group of people.

Whether you grew up going to the lake, have only recently started going, or have only been once or twice, you know it takes a certain kind of person to be a lake person. To the long-time lake people, the lake holds a special place in your heart, no matter how dirty the water may look.

Keep Reading...Show less
Student Life

Top 10 Reasons My School Rocks!

Why I Chose a Small School Over a Big University.

man in black long sleeve shirt and black pants walking on white concrete pathway

I was asked so many times why I wanted to go to a small school when a big university is so much better. Don't get me wrong, I'm sure a big university is great but I absolutely love going to a small school. I know that I miss out on big sporting events and having people actually know where it is. I can't even count how many times I've been asked where it is and I know they won't know so I just say "somewhere in the middle of Wisconsin." But, I get to know most people at my school and I know my professors very well. Not to mention, being able to walk to the other side of campus in 5 minutes at a casual walking pace. I am so happy I made the decision to go to school where I did. I love my school and these are just a few reasons why.

Keep Reading...Show less
Lots of people sat on the cinema wearing 3D glasses

Ever wonder what your friend meant when they started babbling about you taking their stapler? Or how whenever you ask your friend for a favor they respond with "As You Wish?" Are you looking for new and creative ways to insult your friends?

Well, look no further. Here is a list of 70 of the most quotable movies of all time. Here you will find answers to your questions along with a multitude of other things such as; new insults for your friends, interesting characters, fantastic story lines, and of course quotes to log into your mind for future use.

Keep Reading...Show less
New Year Resolutions

It's 2024! You drank champagne, you wore funny glasses, and you watched the ball drop as you sang the night away with your best friends and family. What comes next you may ask? Sadly you will have to return to the real world full of work and school and paying bills. "Ah! But I have my New Year's Resolutions!"- you may say. But most of them are 100% complete cliches that you won't hold on to. Here is a list of those things you hear all around the world.

Keep Reading...Show less

The Ultimate Birthday: Unveiling the Perfect Day to Celebrate!

Let's be real, the day your birthday falls on could really make or break it.

​different color birthday candles on a cake
Blacksburg Children's Museum

You heard it here first: birthdays in college are some of the best days of your four years. For one day annually, you get to forget about your identity as a stressed, broke, and overworked student, and take the time to celebrate. You can throw your responsibilities for a day, use your one skip in that class you hate, receive kind cards and gifts from loved ones and just enjoy yourself.

Keep Reading...Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments