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With all the decorations in the stores, there’s no forgetting that, after Thanksgiving, there’s Christmas. But this year, there’s something I’d really like to see for a change. A holiday movie that is NOT a Christian one.

We all talk about tolerance and how we should have respect for those who aren’t like us. Well, I’d like to see us celebrating the beliefs of another religion.

December not only includes Christmas but other spiritually significant days for Muslims, Buddhists, Pagans, Zoroastrians and others. Why not a movie about one of those?

December 5:  Ashura – when the Prophet Muhammad fasted in solidarity with Jews observing Yom Kippur.

December 8: Bodhi Day – When Siddhartha Gautam vowed to sit under a Bodhi tree until he was enlightened.

December 22: The beginning of Hanukkah.

December 21: Yalda – Zoroastrian celebration of the Winter Solstice.  

December 26: When Zoroastrians observe the death of Zarathustra and the beginning of Kwanzaa.

We need to remember, there is diversity in all things. Let’s start including some new things we don’t usually observe in December.

I’m a Christian, but think we should share the times and celebrations with others.

Teri Markanson

Crescent City

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