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.