Some of my favorite memories are the many holiday seasons I experienced growing up in Oklahoma City. I would spend days with my friends playing any and every sport or game we could get our hands on; I enjoyed making cookies with my wonderful mother Mollie, who was a fantastic and talented baker; and I would look forward to Christmas morning when the presents under the tree could finally be opened.
As I reflect on those years, growing up in the 1950s and 1960s was great in many ways — life was simple and it was comfortable. While I would never change a thing about my childhood, as an adult who has been blessed to witness the changes and developments in more recent years, I cannot begin to tell you how amazing today’s world is where we have a glimpse into so many other celebrations and meaningful holidays.
Oftentimes, we only know what we are familiar with. For example, if we grew up celebrating Christmas, our families may never know the history and meaning behind holidays like Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Diwali and many more.
We live in a beautifully diverse world and while there’s always more work to do, more to learn and more to understand, there is no better place than our own homes, workplaces and communities to start seeing and embracing what makes every holiday so special.
As we prepare to end another remarkable year at Texas Children’s, I encourage you to take a moment over the next few weeks to learn about other’s cultures and celebrations and also share your own with those you love.
This year, my wish is to hear from you — I want to know more about the holiday traditions of our One Amazing Team. All of you mean so much to me and I can’t wait to read your comments below on how you celebrate the holiday season and what is important to you.
To my Texas Children’s family, ‘Happy Hanukkah,’ ‘Merry Christmas,’ ‘Heri za Kwanzaa,’ and ‘Happy Holidays’ to each and every one of you. Thank you for everything you do for our patients, your colleagues and for me. I wish you a joyful and peaceful holiday season and a Happy New Year filled with wonderful memories and traditions spent with your loved ones!