The world is smaller now with social media and virtual worlds.
You are not only aware of the time zones of friends and colleagues (It's 5 o'clock somewhere), but the traditional celebrations of different cultures and perspectives.
"Hey, come watch the fireworks!" one friend invited excitedly while in a virtual world. "It's Guy Fawkes Day!"
"It's What?" I was perplexed. Apparently the explanation he just offered me was suppose to explain it all. When I finally got someone calmed down enough to explain what was happening and why, I could relax.
Each country selects things to celebrate and amazingly they might not be ALL-THAT in their origins, but has somehow developed into what humanity needs... and excuse to get together and feel united.
Celebrations are centered around something, usually "Not Real", if you define real as something tangible. People have days of remembrances to morn, days to commemorate a time of victory, days to be reflective, days to just party until you drop, or days to tribute to a virtue (Love, patriotism, courage).
They have an amazingly common cohesiveness in their correlation with the seasons.
So now as we start the traditional winding up & winding down of the calendar year lets use the differences we share as the reason for celebration! Happy Holidays All!