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How Do You Celebrate?

December 6, 2010

How does your family celebrate the winter holidays?

Over at the UU Parenting blog at UU World, Michelle Richards describes the celebration her family has adopted, centered around Solstice.

On the Solstice, we forgo all electricity (except for heating, which we turn down), a powerful reminder of how our Northern European ancestors experienced the dark winter months and how the Earth still provides so many of our resources. We do share gifts as part of this tradition, but even more importantly, we share wishes for one another in a powerful candle lighting ceremony that grows more meaningful every year.

There’s also a relatively new observation, specifically for UUs, called Chalica. Although the name may sound like a joke (reminiscent of “Festivus” from Seinfeld), it’s a serious celebration of the 7 Principles.

At Davies on Dec. 5 there was a presentation about Hanukkah. Kwanzaa, during the final week of December, celebrates African heritage. And many UUs — whether theologically Christian or not — celebrate Christmas.

What about you? Leave a comment and share your own Winter holiday rituals and observances.

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  1. December 7, 2010 1:30 pm

    My family, as a born Unitarian (out of only 12% who were), always celebrated Christmas as a pagan/secular holiday (Santa Clause, etc.). Many of our Christmas celebrations and songs (like Jingle Bells and It Came Upon a Midnight Clear) were written by Unitarians.

    I like the idea of Chalica, though – so many people can’t recite our principles. There are 3 song videos on YouTube about Chalica and I’ve included them on the UU Music playlist I created: http://www.youtube.com/dmuuc#p/c/6B257199CC44C6AB/0/3kFo84_eY9Y

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