Remember that no matter the culture, the holiday spirit is about people feeling close to one another.

Kim Carson

Christmas, Kwanzaa and Hanukkah celebrations may appear worlds apart, but when you compare them, these seemingly different holidays all bear a common theme. Simply put, they're meant to bring people together. If you find yourself invited to a holiday party this year, taking a little extra time to familiarize yourself with the stories and traditions of different holidays will let your host know you respect their beliefs (and will probably get you invited back next year).

Putting a little extra effort into finding a gift that observes their religious beliefs will shine through the clutter and commercialization of the holidays. Remember that simply being a gracious and thoughtful guest is enough. You've been invited to their party for a reason. They want to share the holiday spirit with you, and that spirit, no matter what the holiday or culture, is about people feeling close to one another.