Thank You and Happy Holidays!

by: EJ on 12/12/2017

The 2017 annual holiday sale has been our most successful ever. Thank you to everyone who has supported New Society Publishers and independent book publishing.

You can still receive a 50% discount off New Society titles* until the end of the day by entering the coupon code GIFT50 at the checkout when ordering online.

On the final day of our sale, I invite you to reflect on Paul Kivel's words regarding awareness and inclusiveness this holiday season.

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Holidays are great when they reaffirm our connections to family and friends, are inclusive, build community and honor accurate histories. Holidays are also important when they celebrate significant cultural events and connect us to our deepest communal values.

However, holidays can be destructive when they celebrate war or colonialism, are promoted aggressively or when corporations use them to promote values hostile to our environment and us. Holidays become destructive and exclusive when they are proclaimed as universal but are actually culturally specific or when they are based on historical lies and perpetuate misinformation.

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Christian leaders have established an annual holiday cycle that emphasizes faith, family and country. For many in the US, this cycle has come to seem traditional, even though it is constantly recreated and most of the holidays originated within the last 150 years. For some, these holidays have come to feel familiar, unifying and just plain American even though for millions of others they can be painful and alienating.

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Most of our national holidays are seen as secular, even though their underpinnings are deeply Christian. Even Christmas is viewed as secular by many. (I have been told that the phrase Merry Christmas in bold letters on the public buses in my city is not religious but merely a general holiday greeting.) The winter is a particularly dense period of Christian holidays seeming to dominate all aspects of our lives from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day.

The holidays we celebrate confront us with the values we uphold and pass on to our children. The choice is ours. Christian dominance operates through the holiday cycle; yet we each have the ability to challenge its impact and gather with others to celebrate our diverse families and multicultural communities. We can do this with simplicity, creativity, joy and much fun.

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Paul Kivel is an award-winning author and an accomplished trainer and speaker. He has been a social justice activist, a nationally and internationally recognized anti-racism educator, and an innovative leader in violence prevention for over 40 years. He is the author of the best-selling Uprooting Racism: How White People Can Work for Racial Justice, now in its fourth edition and Living in the Shadow of the Cross: Understanding and Resisting the Power and Privilege of Christian Hegemony.

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  Ebooks can be purchased from anywhere in the world.
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