It's December – throw up the tree, the lights on the house and the stockings on the mantel! But wait … December isn't just about Christmas; it's also home to Chanukah and Kwanzaa.
There are many significant days in December – not only the Christian holiday of Christmas on Dec. 25 but also the Jewish holiday of Chanukah beginning at sundown today and the African-American and Pan-African holiday of Kwanzaa beginning on Dec. 26.
While many people on the CSU campus may be celebrating the Christian holiday this season, it is also necessary to recognize that there are many other students and faculty on campus that celebrate other holidays. Don't just assume that you should wish someone a "Merry Christmas."
To celebrate the beginning of Chanukah today, Hillel, the Jewish student organization, will hold several events for students of all ages and faiths at which students can learn about different traditions, including an interfaith discussion on Wednesday in coordination with United Campus Ministry.
So, this holiday season, not only recognize that there are other holidays in the month of December but also take a little time to learn about them.
It may be new and it may be uncomfortable, but respect that people from all over the world see the world in different ways.