One Season, Many Traditions: How Others Celebrate the Holidays

Arin N. Reeves
November 2014

Is history the same thing as tradition? Is tradition always derived from history? These questions, while somewhat philosophical in nature, raise important questions about how we gather, connect and celebrate holidays in today’s workplaces.

As we move into the holiday season and prepare ourselves for the barrage of commentaries, critiques and counsel on how the holiday season should be recognized and/or celebrated in workplaces (especially ones that are focused on being inclusive), reflecting on the question of how history and tradition are different is an exercise that leads to greater understanding of differences, no matter what answers you select.

Think Smarter. Lead Better.

  • Strength lies in differences, not in similarities.

    Stephen R. Covey
  • Our ability to reach unity in diversity will be the beauty and the test of our civilisation.

    Mahatma Gandhi
  • Controversial' as we all know, is often a euphemism for 'interesting and intelligent.

    Kevin Smith
  • Wide differences of opinion in matters of religious, political, and social belief must exist if conscience and intellect alike are not to be stunted, if there is to be room for healthy growth.

    Theodore Roosevelt
  • Diversity and independence are important because the best collective decisions are the product of disagreement and contest, not consensus or compromise.

    James Surowiecki