Growing up in India, I celebrated a lot of festivals Pongal
and many others During these festivals special dishes were made, we wore new clothes. We looked forward to other festivals. Friends who celebrated other festivals like Ramzan shared their food and sweets. We look forward to eating the flavorful Biriyani
or Hyderabadi Haleem
Also exciting was when friends who celebrated Christmas, shared with us cakes and Plum pudding.
Today, living in the US, love the period at the end of the year where people of all faiths and religions celebrate the holidays as Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and of course as a general term "Holidays". We have a nice Christmas "holiday" tree, the kids enjoy looking forward to Santa's visit and open their presents on Christmas Day.
You have to share festivals and appreciate every opportunity to celebrate. What ever you are celebrating this season, Happy Holidays and Wish You a Flavorful New Year!