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The Meaning of “Happy Holidays”

The Holidays are upon us! While many celebrate differently, this one minute video will help you find greater meaning and appreciate what unites us all.




It’s the day before Christmas, which my family celebrates. Also, the third day of Hanukkah and two days before the start of Kwanza. And for all of us, hopefully, it’s a time of rest, drawing close to our loved ones and deep within our faith. It’s a Holiday, in the truest sense of the word and it’s Old English Origin, “Holy Day.”

So rather than consider the words “Happy Holidays” to be hollow, insufficient, or lacking meaning, let’s lean into the true meaning they have always possessed. Be happy, pleasant, present. Be you and be there for others. And let’s make these holidays, true holy days as you embrace your faith and and renew your Spirit.

Happy Holidays, from my family to yours. And until next week, stay Off Balance On Purpose.

  • Eric says:

    Love it! In my mind it’s also INCLUSIVE for those who may follow a faith that’s Not based on Christianity.

  • Richard and Kitty says:

    And a Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  • Jeff Huling says:

    Thanks Dan. This have meant a lot throughout the year. Happy Holidays to you and your family!

  • Gregg Stopher says:

    I love your work, Dan, but I encourage you (and everyone) to research the origins of “Kwanzaa” (meaning “first fruits” in Swahili), in particular Mr. Ron Everett (later known as “Ron Karenga” and eventually as “Maulana Karenga”). ..

    • Dan Thurmon says:

      Thanks, Gregg. When it comes to faith, research (quest for knowledge) is always a good idea… And I appreciate your respectful delivery of this suggestion.

  • Bob Glavan says:


    Happy Holidays! That is something I can lean into!

    Best wishes to you and your family for a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Thanks for continuing to share your insights.


  • Mike Shedor says:

    It’s another perfect message. Merry Christmas and an Off Balanced New Year.

  • Michael DIeker says:

    Perfect! Happy 2nd day of Christmas. My Berklee College of Music daughter and her sisters lead the music at our Christmas Eve Service. It was quite special! I hope your son is having a great experience a Berklee!

    • Dan Thurmon says:

      Thanks Michael. My son is loving Berklee, learning a TON, and improving his skills rapidly. He’s also in a new band outside of school, and they just filmed a music video. Glad to have him home for part of the holidays.

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