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The holiday season wields a lot of power. As soon as the calendar lands on Dec. 1, I hoist an artificial Christmas tree up my apartment stairwell and locate the holiday carols buried in my iTunes library. I know I whine about how commercialized the holidays have become and roll my eyes when I see ornaments for sale in October, but truthfully, I get excited at the first sightings of the holiday hoopla.
My love of the season stems from the fact that there is a lot of magic involved in the holidays. Whether people are celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or any other holiday, there is a magic to them all.
I am not an expert on any of these holidays, but to me they all celebrate human triumphs — from Christians recognizing the birth of Christ, to Jews celebrating the rededication of the Temple of Jerusalem, to African Americans celebrating their heritage and culture.
The triumphs do not reside in the far reaches of history — they continue every year around the holidays. Giving Trees are erected to collect presents for those in need, food drives are organized, families are adopted and community dinners are hosted.
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