Thursday, December 26, 2013

Kwanzaa, Boxing Day, Posadas, New Year...

Ashley Wells, Seth Auberon, CC Liu, Wisdom Quarterly
The best place to be for the holidays is Pasadena (or NY, maybe Boston, or SF) -- New Year's Rose Parade, Rose Bowl, Shambhala Meditation Center, Norton Simon's permanent Buddhist collection, Pacific Asia Museum, and more eateries than patrons.
The Berry Princess, bestest hostess
Won't it be great when we all celebrate Kwanzaa and speak Esperanto? What could be greater than the conformity conservatives crave?

Diversity is greater, and it should be celebrated! Ever meditate on Bodhi Day with Budai smiling from the altar, walk a Mexican Posadas, shop on High Street for Boxing Day,, wonder why there's a line at sleazy KFC in Little Tokyo, sing in a Swedish Lucia Pageant, eat a 12 course Chinese vegetarian temple food meal off a Lazy Susan...

Driving in L.A., our ZombieLand, is tough.
...sing rap songs in the OC for Cali Xmas, give nahas to the Cohens, worry about Polish Krampus and his elfish assistant Black Pete (Zwarte Piet), dance to techno under candy cane lights, and race to the base of reusable tree in search of gift card? That's what the Holiday Season is all about in modern America. 

If we don't have diversity, we don't have anything. Actually, we've always been diversity, we just haven't celebrated it with as much gusto as we do now.

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