Happy Holidays! from SASi Director, Ellen Weissman
Did you ever see the 1997 “Seinfeld” episode when “Festivus” was introduced as the alternative to participating in the pressures and commercialism of the holiday season? Well, long before 1997, when I was young, I was confused about the difference between Christmas and Hanukkah. My mom explained it to me and then asked if we should blend the words and celebrate a new holiday that we called Chrishannukah. I liked that idea a lot and when I was older and learned about Solstice, I talked to my mom about adding to the word and we came up with Chrisolhan. We kept Chrisolhan for many years, but then I learned about Kwanzaa, and our holiday word became Chrisolhanzaa! As I gained an understanding about other world religions, I learned about Ramadan and thought about all of these holidays happening in the winter (in the northern hemisphere anyway) and the word became Chrisolhanzaadanter! About 15 years ago, my friend Jenn told me about St. Lucia Day celebrated in Scandinavia and we added to the word again! It became Chrisolhanzaadanterlucia! Last year, Hanukkah and Thanksgiving coincided for the first time in a zillion years and it won’t happen again for another zillion! So I had to add to the word! It feels complete now, so I don’t think I will have to add to it again for a while, but you never know! So, no matter what you call it, I hope you have a wonderful, magical holiday season and a Merry Christmas! Happy Chrisolhanzaadanterluciagiving! And Happy New Year!!